img_1212Hey, it is the weekend and even though I am not one for too much drinking (all things in moderation I say); I do like the occasional sip or two when socialising or networking (call it what you may).

In my household, I am known for my love of all things Cranberry – like the juice and the fruits. So you can imagine my delight in seeing a drink mixed with one of my favourite fruits: Cranberry Cider via Tasty on BuzzFed. 

INGREDIENTS: Servings: 28 servings (based on 1.5 ounce alcohol/serving) – here is a video on how to make it:

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ gallon water
  • ½ gallon apple juice
  • 16 ounce cinnamon whiskey
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine
  • Fresh apples
  • Fresh oranges
  • Additional fresh cranberries (garnish)
  • Cinnamon sticks (garnish)


1. Combine cranberries, sugar, and water over medium-high heat, and cook until berries are completely cooked.

2. Strain and set aside to cool.

3. Thinly slice the apples and oranges. Add cranberry juice, apple juice, and whiskey.

4. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with additional cranberries and cinnamon sticks.

5. Enjoy! 

Something for the weekend – food lovers…Derived from Tasty: Garlic And Herb-Marinated Rack Of Lamb


Herb-and-bread-crumb coatings are classic on a rack of lamb, but leaving out the crumbs lightens the dish (and the juicy chops taste more summery as a result). This recipe is best made with new garlic — garlic that has not been aged. It is covered with a moist membrane rather than papery skin and is often sold with greens attached. If you’re lucky enough to find some, substitute 1/4 cup chopped garlic greens for half of the parsley in the herb mixture.


Serving size: 4

1 rack of lamb
3 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from ½ a lemon
1 cup red wine (we used Malbec)


1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC.

2. Chop thyme, rosemary, and garlic together, then place in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, olive oil, and lemon juice; mix well, then set aside.

3. If necessary, trim off some extra fat on the rack of lamb, then cut lamb into 4 pieces. (You can also ask your butcher to prep it for you!)

4. Place lamb in the spice mixture, then rub the spice mixture onto the lamb using your hands, covering all sides. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

5. Heat oil in a large cast iron or skillet. Sear all sides of the lamb until meat is dark brown and crispy. When it’s almost done, pour in red wine then remove from the heat.

6. Roast the lamb in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145˚F / 63˚C.

7. Serve with roasted veggies.

8. Enjoy!

Yours in love – The Renaissance Lady ©

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