Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, more than likely a part of your celebration will involve a feast. Christmas day my husband and I are usually on the road visiting our families. But Christmas eve is usually at our home and my husband makes an Italian-inspired leg of lamb while my mom makes Shepherd’s pie—partly due to our Irish heritage, but as kids we were told it was because the shepherds visited baby Jesus in the stable, so that’s what you had to eat.

There are so many amazing holiday recipes out there, but I thought I would hone in on items roasted or smoked on the grill. And the beverages…well, they can keep the griller hydrated and be the perfect thing to accompany hearty winter foods. I selected drinks that all sounded good to me, but I definitely plan to try the bourbon cider twist soon.

Whatever meal you have I hope you enjoy it with family and friends. I love this time of year and it always seems to go by so quickly. Cheers!


Prime Rib Roast

Grilled Honey Ham

Grilled Rosemary Pork Roast

Slow Grilled Turkey

Garlic and Mint Pesto Leg of Lamb

Prime Rib with Horseradish Salt & Pepper Crust

Smoke-Roasted Sage-Crusted Pork Loin


Grilled Butternut Squash with Fresh Ricotta, Pine Nuts and Sage

Grilled Portobellos with White Wine

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Maple Butter


Christmas Rum Punch

Fennel & Fig Infused Vodka

Bourbon Cider Twist

The Smoky Robinson