Why is that every article I see this season is titled some variation of: “Diet Busters: 10 High-Calorie Holiday Drinks” or “Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain”, and the list goes on? While all the dieticians and trainers out there are going to cringe, I’m just going to say it…who cares! It’s the holidays. Spend time with your friends and family, treat yourself…within reason of course, and enjoy. Life’s all about choices anyway, right? Plus, who doesn’t love the gift of food or drink?

With holiday parties a plenty, I’ve always found the most appreciated host or hostess gift is that of food or drink. I’ve done everything from Brownies in a Pan to Ten Spice Mix. This year, I thought why not give the gift of drink and inspiration, while keeping it as low calorie as possible J And thus my idea of “Home for the Holidays” was created.

While there’s still no snow here in Chicago, it is the perfect weather for drinking hot tea. And why not spice it up a little with some Berghoff vodka. It’s no Glühwein, but it’s still delicious and with the right spiced tea, definitely appropriate for the holidays. Hence the name “Home for the Holidays”.

Berghoff Vodka came about this past summer, and we wanted to share it with those we care about most this holiday season! It is produced by one of our vendors, Cello Via, Inc., out of Wheeling, Illinois. It is distilled from 100% corn, thus making it gluten-free. Not only is it local and gluten-free, but it’s quite smooth and delicious as well. Add a splash to this cinnamon-orange tea, garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick, and you have a holiday drink that is delicious, almost guilt-free, and the perfect addition to any festive gathering.



Home for the Holidays

Yield: Makes approximately 1 serving


  • 8 oz. water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cinnamon-orange tea bag
  • ½ oz. Berghoff vodka (optional)
  • Orange slice, garnish


Fill tea bag half full with cinnamon-orange spice tea. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, pout into a mug, and add tea bag and cinnamon stick, steeping for five minutes. Add vodka, and garnish with orange slice.


Variations: Leave out vodka for a non-alcoholic tea.