Make Your Favorite Festive Drinks at Home
Having trouble wrapping your head around the fact that the holidays are creeping up again? Us too. But, it’s nothing that a Michael Bublé Christmas album and some serious mental preparation can’t fix. Nevertheless, we can’t wait for the special moments spent with family and friends, as well as the gift-giving, comfort food, and obviously, the drinking. And, what better way to commemorate the joyous season than with a drink in one hand… and a drink in the other hand (for balancing purposes, of course). Here are our top 3 favorite festive drinks to prepare at home.
1. Apple on the Rocks
Apple on the Rocks is a light, sweet winter alternative to the beloved mimosa. There’s a lot to love about this drink, from the crisp apple flavor in the hard cider to the sweetness in the maple syrup and the fresh taste of lemon juice. Try this cocktail with your late-morning brunch or happy hour. Here’s what you’ll need to create your wintry cocktail:
- 2 tbsp applejack
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- ½ cup chilled hard cider
- Apple wedge (optional)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- In the shaker, combine applejack, maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Cover and shake for 10 seconds.
- Fill a tall glass with ice; strain apple jack mixture into glass. Pour the hard cider on top.
- Garnish with an apple wedge.
2. Pomegranate Peppermint Moscow Mules
The beautiful red and green-colored Moscow Mule screams Christmas! Pomegranate Peppermint Mules are so refreshing and quick and easy to prepare in a pinch. And, there’s just something about copper mugs that make Moscow Mules taste even better. It’s easily one of our favorite festive drinks to share. Here’s what you need to make some for your guests:
- crushed ice
- 3/4 cup ginger beer
- 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
- 1-2 oz. vodka
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- pomegranate arils for topping
- candied mint
- Fill your glass with ice.
- Pour in the ginger beer, pomegranate juice, vodka, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with pomegranate arils and candied mint. Drink and enjoy.
3. Winter Red Wine Sangria
You’ll want to add this Winter Sangria to your repertoire immediately. The touch of cinnamon gives it a nice, flavorful twist that fits perfectly at the Thanksgiving table. Trust us, its easy to make and it’ll be gone in no time. Here’s a list of ingredients to pick up:
- 2 cups no-pulp orange juice
- 3 to 6 oz. orange liqueur
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 sliced clementines or blood oranges
- 1 Granny Smith or other tart apples, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 red Anjou pear, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 2 liters sweet sparkling red wine, chilled
- 1-liter lemon-lime soda, chilled
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, whisk the orange juice, orange liqueur, and honey.
- Add the cinnamon stick, clementines, apple and pear and stir to combine.
- Set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
- Right before serving, add the wine and soda to the fruit mixture and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses.
Stop by Festival Wine & Spirits this season, and stock up on everything you need to prepare your favorite festive drinks! Also, see our upcoming wine tastings and don’t miss out on any monthly specials.