The holidays are fast approaching and that means cocktail parties, family gatherings, winter feasts and celebrations galore. Whether you're enjoying a traditional Christmas spread, a late-night New Year's tribute, or simply a cozy dinner at home, this year skip the eggnog and toast the season with one of these festive wine cocktails.
Pomegranate Orange White Wine Cocktail
(pictured above, courtesy Karen Miner)
4 ounces dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc)
3 ounces pomegranate juice
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 ounce Camus cognac (or similar)
5 mint leaves
Tear mint leaves roughly and put in glass. Add wine, juices and cognac. Fill glass with ice. Serves 1.
Rosemary-Scented Champagne Cocktail
(courtesy Karen Miner)
5 ounces Champagne
1/2 ounce Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum (or similar)
1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe follows)
Combine rum and rosemary simple syrup in a Champagne flute. Fill glass to the top with Champagne. Squeeze lemon into cocktail. Serves 1.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 sprig rosemary (about 5 inches)
Pull leaves off rosemary sprig and add to a small saucepan with sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a low boil for about 5 minutes until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool completely. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Mulled Wine Sangria
(photo courtesy Randy Mayor)
1 bottle Merlot or other red wine, chilled
1/3 cup sugar
1 sachet mulling spice blend
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange)
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/2 orange, thinly sliced and cut in half
1 (12-ounce) can club soda
Combine 1 cup wine, sugar, and sachet in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Discard sachet. Pour mixture into a pitcher; add remaining 3 cups wine. Chill thoroughly. Add juice, strawberries, orange slices, and club soda. Serves 6.
Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
(courtesy Dishing Up The Dirt)
2 ounces Tennessee Cider (you can substitute with apple brandy)
2 ounces fresh apple cider
3-4 ounces chilled Champagne
Pour the Tennessee Cider into the bottom of each glass. Add the Champagne and top with a splash of fresh apple cider. Serves 2.
(photo courtesy Alexandra Grablewski, recipe courtesy Kim Haasarud)
3 ounces Champagne
1 ounce ginger beer
1/2 ounce raspberry puree
1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur
Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir for about 5 to 10 seconds. Strain into a Champagne flute. Serves 1.