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Jan 29/13

Top It Off: Edible Drink Toppers for Spiked Cider and Hot Toddies Posted by: Kerri Jackson Case | 0 Comments

When one of my most darling friends was expecting her first baby, I decided to come completely unhinged while throwing her a shower. Technically, that wasn’t the actual plan, but that’s essentially what happened. I was so very excited for her and really wanted everything to be just perfect. The other hostesses, being of much more sound mind, began to not-so-subtly suggest that perhaps I should calm myself with some shots of whatever hard liquor I could get my hands on.

As I was in the throws of party madness, I completely misunderstood their direction and reminded them it would be totally inappropriate to serve shots at a baby shower. But wait! And so the cookies-with-a-shot-of-milk idea was born.

Working from the philosophy that anything that’s worth doing is worth doing past the point of all good reason, I began looking for ways to work this plan of drink toppers into other parties. This fall, while perusing some party blogs, I saw some interesting uses of piecrust for drink toppers. Then my old noggin really got to working.

Using a traditional lattice piecrust as a topper for some spiked apple cider is divine. It’s like having an apple pie right there in your mason jar, with a slight buzz just for kicks.

Even more fun, I made the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls, sans icing, to top a Hotty Toddy in my grandmother’s old glassware. It’s perfection on cold winter day when a warm blanket and old movies are the only respectable way to spend your time.

This can be the perfect way to show off all the old family recipes for piecrust, cookie and other baked goods. However, since we’re all friends here, I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you want to cheat a bit, you can just buy some canned cinnamon rolls and dress them up a little bit with orange or lemon zest. Frozen piecrust works just fine. Slap a little egg, cinnamon and sugar on it if you want to get fancy, but you don’t have to. Break and bake cookie dough can be rolled out and cut for the occasion.

Really, if you get right down to it, if you’ve got a decent bakery nearby, pick up a box of whatever you need and all you have to do is display. Your guests will rave. You’ll be the toast of your own party. I’ll never tell.


Kerri Jackson Case is a Junior League dropout, but writes a considerable number of thank you notes, anyway. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, son and two smelly dogs. You can follow her terrifically typical, but wildly entertaining life on DrinkSleepandBeKerri.com.


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