Happy Wednesday friends!! It’s here! It’s here! The holidays are here! I am super pumped bc I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the holiday season!! A little background about our family…We seriously LOVE the holidays and get really into it. My mom puts on a huge spread for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’re talking 20+ appetizers and dinner complete with catering sternos…yeah I know, it’s a TON of food…but it is so much fun!! (I’m always needing to get my fat pants ready bc I can’t stop myself from eating so much!!). My mom and I area very close…#besties…so each year we have so much fun planning out the menu of apps etc. that we have people bring to make each holiday a little special and unique. One thing that we started doing the past few years is adding a signature drink to the menu. Each year we try something slightly different and see how everyone likes it! Usually, I’ll test the recipe out a few days before to make sure it’s tasty and then we go ahead and make a huge batch the day before or sometimes even on the day of. It’s a fun little addition to our holidays and the fam always loves to see what our signature drink will be each year! This year we decided to go with a holiday sangria! Let me just say….this recipe is so yum!! I wanted something super “festive”, so I thought the idea of adding apple cider to the mix would give it that extra holiday spice. Try it out and let me know what you think!!
1 750 ml bottle of red wine
3 cups apple cider
1 cup Cran-Raspberry Juice
½ cup triple sec
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup red or green apple
Sparkling water to top off (optional)
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
*You can either make this a single batch or in a punch bowl like we did on the actual holiday. The pics above were my “test” session for the cocktail. When I make this I actually triple it and then it fills our punch bowl. To keep it cold, we make an ice ring out of the same ingredients as above and this keeps it from getting watered down.
Mix all ingredients into pitcher or punch bowl except cinnamon sticks, sparkling water, and fruit.
Once mixed thoroughly, stir in fruit and pour into festive glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and top with sparkling water if you would like it to be a little bubbly!
What’s your fave holiday cocktail recipe? I am always looking for new ones to try. I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below.
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