Happy Holidays!

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Dec 18 2009
I love this time of year. The books, er I mean gifts, are all wrapped and under the tree, the house smells like gingerbread and chocolate, and people are just in better moods. Well most people anyway.
This year, as we do every year, BookEnds will be closing for the next two weeks. We’re taking the time to wrap gifts, bake, deck the halls and generally be festive. Okay, who am I kidding, I’m sure there will also be a fair amount of reading and catching up during this time when we don’t have to be working.
Since this is my last post until January 4, and the last day our offices will be open for the year, we’ll be having a little holiday party. Just so you don’t feel left out I thought I’d share our favorite cocktail.
Courtesy of Gramercy Tavern, the Cranberry Daiquiri (with some of my modifications)
Cranberry Daiquiri
Makes 6 daiquirisIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • light rum
  • dark rum
  • cranberry juice
  • lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)

Preparation:Combine first four ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Mix in cranberries. Cook till cranberries begin to pop. Cool; discard cinnamon. Pour mixture into a jar and add 1/2 cup light rum. Chill. Strain syrup into a pitcher (reserve cranberries). Add 1/3 cup dark rum, 1/3 cup light rum, 1/3 cup cranberry juice, and 1/3 cup lemon juice. Refrigerate pitcher. Serve in Martini glasses filled. Top with reserved cranberries if desired.

Cheers! We’ll see you again in 2010. Have a wonderful holiday season.

29 responses to “Happy Holidays!”

  1. And it uses all my favorite food groups too. Excellent!

    Happy holidays! Thank you for a year of great posts.

  2. I hope everyone has a wonderful couple of weeks. Happy Holidays. =o)

  3. Avatar Christina says:

    okay that sounds delicious! I'll have to try it this year…maybe for new years. πŸ˜€

    Happy Holidays BookEnds! See you on the flip side.

  4. Avatar Joyce says:

    Sounds yummy!

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  5. Sounds good! Yum!
    My fav:
    Baily's over ice with a splash of Frangelica = Nutty Irishman

    Happy Holidays to the Bookend's gang. You guys are the greatest!
    Everyday your wisdom and insight is a gift for which I am very grateful.
    God bless.

  6. Avatar Dara says:

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy the season and have a (hopefully) relaxing two weeks!

  7. Avatar Robena Grant says:

    Happy holidays to everyone at BookEnds. Enjoy your break!

  8. Avatar Madeline says:

    Happy Holidays!

    Thanks for a great year of informative and entertaining posts. Looking forward to a new year of writing and reading and learning! πŸ™‚

  9. Avatar Kate Douglas says:

    Looks yummy! Happy holidays to everyone at BookEnds–enjoy the season and try to avoid the stress. I made my shopping easy this year–everyone is getting gift certificates to book stores!

  10. Regular reader (and really like this blog, too), but I don't post comments much, but I had to wish you all a wonderful and Happy Holiday. I hope you all enjoy yourselves πŸ™‚

  11. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Have a wonderful party and holiday!!!

  12. Avatar Susan Quinn says:

    Yay for cranberry cocktails! Happy Holidays!
    p.s. I wrapped and shipped off all my books, er, gifts just yesterday!

  13. Ooh, those cocktails sound lovely :)! I'll have to try that.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone at bookends! Thank you for this wonderful blog and for all the hard work you do for authors :). We love you guys!

  14. Happy Holidays! Thanks for another year of blog posts. I read every morning!

  15. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Jessica, I have to hand it to you: You always manage to come up with good posts and you can take it like you dish it out. I'm one of the nice Anons who likes to express my opinion a lot. Happy hoiidays–you deserve a long break. Thanks for a year of cheer (and some fear)!

  16. Avatar Jamie D. says:

    Thanks – and yummy! πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy start to the new year.

  17. Avatar Vivi Anna says:

    Happy Holidays Jessica and Kim!

    I hope you have a good relaxing one.

  18. Avatar magolla says:

    Happy Holidays!
    Snuggle down in your Snuggie with a peppermint hot cocoa and a pile of requests.

    2 cups warmed milk
    1 serving cocoa mix
    1 tablespoon crushed peppermint stick
    2 ounces peppermint schnapps, optional
    1 peppermint stick
    Combine milk, cocoa mix, crushed peppermint stick and schnapps, if desired, in a large mug and stir well. Garnish with a peppermint stick.

    πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  19. Avatar Paige says:

    Happy Holidays to everyone at Bookends! And, may 2010 be the best year ever!


  20. Avatar Jemi Fraser says:

    Enjoy a peaceful and funfilled holiday πŸ™‚ All the best to all!

  21. Thanks for all the helpful blog posts this year. My best to all of you at BookEnds for a happy Christmas. Enjoy your well-deserved break (and the Cranberry Daiquiri). πŸ™‚

  22. Avatar Mira says:

    Alittle late, but still well meant – Happy Holidays to everyone at Bookends, and all the posters here.

    Okay, I have my own recipe:

    Take one bed.
    Sleep in it.
    Get up for about 1 hour and do something fun.
    Then go back to bed and take a nap.
    When you wake up, read a book, until you doze off.
    When you wake up, watch some T.V., go to a movie or drink cranberry daiquiris with loved ones.
    Then it's time again for bed.

    Best vacation recipe ever!

    See everyone in 2010. πŸ™‚

  23. Avatar Voidwalker says:

    Happy Holidays to you too!

  24. Avatar lynnrush says:

    Merry Christmas!!

  25. Avatar kanishk says:

    Happy holidays! Thank you for a year of great posts.

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  26. Happy Holidays! I hope everyone gets published in 2010 lol

  27. Wow! There are lots of interesting posts in this blog. I can't believe I just found it.

    So, le'me throw down my coat and stick around a while.

    Why's everyone looking at me like I'm the alcholic in the family who just asked for a beer?

  28. Avatar nova says:


    Is selling 247 copies in December good for a self published author? Just on word of mouth and not to myself or family?