Rockin’ Around the Christmas Trees!

WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show –
underwritten by National Grid
supported by Lifetime Medical
Hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser

On today’s show we will be speaking about the upcoming Very Special Christmas WaterFire and the Festival of Trees with Briana Tutalo from Providence Investment Management, a group that has been sponsoring a tree each year and she will be telling us all about what Christmas means to her and the company.

We then will be speaking with the award winning Patty Jeffrey lifestyle blogger who will be giving some Christmas advice as to what to buy and where to go. Because she is the girl that is really in the know.

Finally we will be speaking with Willa Van Nostrand of Little Bitte Artisinal cocktails who will be giving us some great holiday cocktail and “mocktail” recipes to help with your holiday entertaining.


Fun holiday cocktails and mocktails (non-alcoholic) from Little Bitte:

Two Holiday Mocktails (non-alcoholic):

Hibiscus Sparkler

Brew 1 cup hibiscus tea and steep for 20 minutes and sweeten with 1 tablespoon honey. Let cool. Pour 2 ounces over ice & top with sparkling water. Garnish with citrus wheel: mandarin, kumquat, tangerine.

Take advantage of the citrus that’s coming into season!

Glassware: Highball glass

Cassis Limonata (Sparkling Black currant lemonade)

.5 oz organic cassis juice
.5 oz lemon juice
Sweeten & dissolve 1 tablespoon honey in the solution.
Add ice & top with sparkling water.
Garnish with a lemon wheel & a fresh sprig of mint

Glassware: Champagne flute

Two Holiday Cocktails:

Clementina Margarita

2oz Tequila
.5 oz triple sec (Grand Marnier or Cointreau is great)
.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh clementine juice
Garnish with a clementine wheel

Preparation: Shake the ingredients except the garnish and pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

Glassware: Rocks glass

*The brilliance of this cocktail is that it’s a traditional sour recipe so you can substitute any spirit for the base liquor: vodka, gin, rum or whiskey. Choose your favorite and elaborate from there!

Mimosa del Sole

.5 oz fresh blood orange juice
.5 oz Giffard Ginger of the Indies or Canton Ginger Liqueur
Top with sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco
Garnish with a blood orange wheel

Glassware: Champagne flute

For more information & recipes visit

Episode Segments:

Part 1 – Briana Tutalo and Patty Jeffrey


Part 2 – Willa Van Nostrand


Episode 54 – Broadcast: December 9th, 2015 | Featured image: Santa arrives by boat. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.