Mix up these festive cocktails for your guests.
HOLIDAY BRUNCH: Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria This sweet-meets-tart brew (courtesy of Apartment Therapy food blog The Kitchn) is the perfect reason to rise and sip.
Ingredients 2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1/2 cup cognac 2 cups apple cider 750ml bottle cava (or other dry sparkling wine) 1/4 cup chilled pomegranate seeds
Instructions Add the apples to a large pitcher, reserving about 1/2 cup for garnishing. Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava. Stir.
Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL: Firefly Spritz Cocktail ‘Tis the season to get fancy for no reason. Henrick’s Gin, San Pellegrino, and beautiful overhead bar cart shots left us drooling over this Glitter Guide recipe from our very first glance. Good news: It tastes even better than it looks
Ingredients and Instructions Mix one part Hendricks Gin, two parts San Pellegrino Limonata, and a splash of Campari. Serve on the rocks.
EXPAT HOLIDAY / IMPROMPTU GET-TOGETHER: The Evening In Kingston Sometimes, the best times come together last-minute. What to do when you can’t get home for the holidays? Bon Appetit’s Negroni-with-a-twist feels just about right (and downright exotic).
Ingredients 1 ½ cups amber rum 1 cup Campari 1 cup sweet vermouth 1-2 bottles sparkling wine 12 orange twists for garnish
Instructions Combine rum, Campari, and vermouth in a large pitcher. Chill until very cold (and least two hours and up to a day).
For each cocktail, pour 2 ounces rum mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice and top off with 2-3 ounces of chilled sparkling wine. Garnish each with an orange twist.
PUNCH DRUNK LOVE: Pear and Sparkling Cider Bottomless cocktails are tops. Reach for this recipe from charitable vino brand OneHope, pair it with your bourbon of choice, and revel in the fact that half the profits go to End Childhood Hunger.
Ingredients 2 cups chilled pear nectar 2 cups apple cider 2 cups ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine 4 ounces bourbon whiskey 1 unpeeled pear, cored and cut into long, thin slices 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup cinnamon mixed for rimming
Instructions Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Rim chilled martini glasses with graham cracker crumbs. Pour mixture into glasses and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
HOLIDAYS ON ICE: Three Apps to Get You Through Crunch Time When the bar’s un-stocked and the ice tray’s running on empty, that “one last run to the store” better count. Reach for these apps to save yourself some legwork.
Yummly. Like tucking an on-call mixologist (who’s really into Pinterest) in your pocket. Swipe your way through half a dozen beautifully composed (and beautifully simple) cocktail recipes and trivia.
Bartender. This top-rated, comprehensive guide was tested (and tasted) by the drink masters behind legendary NYC speakeasy Milk & Honey.
Delectable. Everyone’s a wine critic. Until it’s time to shop for themselves. Use this app – which doubles as a wine diary, rating system, and suggestion-maker rolled into one – to snap, identify, and catalog sips that you’d like to try (or buy) all season long.
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