5 holiday recipes to get you in the spirit

'Tis the season to whip up some festive treats and beverages!

Try your hand at some of the holiday-themed recipes here and send us pics of your version at liz at eatlikeawriter.com.

Bobby Flay’s Blackberry-Basil Gin and Tonic | Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay Steak

Bobby Flay's Blackberry-Basil Gin and Tonic (photo credit Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa)


  • Three Muddled Blackberries

  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar

  • 2 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1 Large Fresh Basil Leaf

  • 3 oz. Gin

  • 4 oz. Tonic Water

  • Ice

  • Garnish: Lime wedge and Blackberry


  1. Combine the blackberries, sugar, lime juice, and basil in a highball glass and muddle with a muddler until blackberries are coarsely mashed

  2. Add the gin and fill the glass to the top with the tonic

  3. Stir a few times to combine

  4. Garnish with the lime wedge and blackberry serve

A Costa Rican Grandmother’s Fruitcake | Visit Costa Rica

Recipe courtesy of Costa Rican Chef Doris Goldgewicht