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Fall Drink Recipes…With a Twist of Hadley

October 13, 2010

Better Homes & Gardens, an all-around great magazine I think we’ll all agree, has published an inspired list of 13 Festive Fall Drinks that we just had to try.  Here are two of our favorites served, naturally, on a Hadley Coaster, the perfect complement to any drink!  Both are easy and fun to make, whether you’re mixing them up for family or company!

If you haven’t yet collected a stack of Hadley Halloween Coasters to keep your tables ring-free, you can now buy them online at by clicking on “Shop the Hadley Collection.”  Order your super spooky coasters by 10/20 to ensure delivery in time for all your Halloween festivities!

 Cranberry Cheesecake Shake (from  

Everything’s better with candy corn!

1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup milk
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 of a 16-ounce can jellied cranberry sauce (we actually found a mini 8 oz. can!)
1 cup fresh cranberries
  Sugared cranberries (optional, to make just freeze whole fresh cranberries and roll in sugar until coated–easy!)
Place cream cheese and milk in a blender, cover and blend until combined. Add ice cream, cranberry sauce, and the 1 cup cranberries, cover and blend until nearly smooth (you definitely want to keep some of those cranberry chunks in there!).  Serve immediately.



Cranberry Martini (from

cup cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 750 ml. bottle good-quality vodka
Ice cubes
Cranberries (optional)
  1. To make the cranberry-flavored vodka, in a 1-1/2-quart saucepan, combine 1 cup cranberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, and water.  Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Continue to cook just until cranberries start to burst.  Remove from heat, cool 30 minutes.  Strain cranberry mixture, reserving cranberries and liquid.  In a large glass pitcher, combine vodka, reserved strained cranberries, and 2/3 cup of the reserved liquid (discard remaining liquid)
  2. Strain cranberries out of the vodka; discard cranberries (you should have about 4 cups vodka mixture).  If desirec, dip rims of eight martini glasses in water and in sugar or vanilla sugar to coat rims; set aside.
  3. Place ice cubes in a martini shaker.  For four drinks, add 2 cups voda mixture; shake.  Strain into four of the prepared glasses; repeat.  If desirec, garnish with additional cranberries threaded onto small skewers.  Makes 8 drinks.
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  1. June 30, 2011 10:20 am

    I just inherited from my mother, my grandmother’s a set of M.A. Hadley plates. Their signature is imbedded on the bottom of the plate and not signed. They are plain white pottery and have a scalloped edge. Three of the dinner plates were broken in transit and I am desperately trying to replace them. Does this sound familiar to any collectors? I believe they are about 45 years old. My grandparents owned a shop in Vermont that sold MA Hadley pottery during the 50’s – 70’s. Any help is so appreciated. Katherine Verman

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