Holiday recipes from the Newlin family – National Children’s Advocacy Center Skip to content

Executive Director Chris Newlin and his wife Beth have some tried and true holiday treats to share. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? We’d love to hear about it!

Holiday Cocktail


2 ounces of Hendrick’s Gin

1 ounce of Elderflower Liquor

2 ounces of Cranberry Juice

Splash of squeezed lemon

Lemon zest strip


Fill shaker with ice

Add Gin, Elderflower liquor, and Cranberry Juice

Shake well and pour into a chilled Martini Glass

Add lemon and lemon twist



Peppermint Bark


1 pound of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers

1 pound of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafer

¾ teaspoon of Peppermint Extract

½ cup of peppermint candy, crushed


Use a double boiler to melt Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers

Add Peppermint Extract and stir well

Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper, letting it hang over the sides

Pour melted Dark Chocolate into the cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes

Use a double boiler to melt White Chocolate Melting Wafers

Pour melted White Chocolate on top of the hardened Dark Chocolate

Sprinkle crushed Peppermint Candy over the White Chocolate immediately

Put back into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to let bark harden

Remove from  freezer and cut into two inch strips or break into chunks