Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle of light-bodied red wine (I like Pinot Noir)
1 cup orange juice or apple juice
cup brandy
cup orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
¼ cup simple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced (or diced)
1 green pear, cored and thinly sliced (or diced)
½ grapefruit, de-seeded and thinly sliced (or another sweet citrus)
cup pomegranate arils (or cranberries)
Rosemary, to serve

Directions

In a pitcher, combine the red wine, orange or apple juice, brandy, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. Give it a good stir. Carefully add the cinnamon sticks and fruit. Gently stir, cover, and let it sit in the fridge for at least three hours, preferably overnight.

Serve the winter sangria over ice. Gently roll a small sprig of rosemary in-between your hands to release the oils. Garnish the sangria with the rosemary. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

Ingredients

1.50 oz bourbon (or rum)
2 oz apple cider
2 oz Ginger beer
Squeeze lime juice
2 dashes ginger bitters (or bitters of choice)

Directions

In a rocks glass (mine are 10 oz.), gently stir together the apple cider and bourbon. Fill the glass with ice, and top with ginger beer. Finish with a squeeze of lime and two dashes of ginger bitters. Serve!

To make this cocktail for a crowd, just multiply the recipe by however many people you are serving. Right before you are ready to serve, mix together the apple cider and bourbon in a pitcher. Gently stir in the ginger beer, lime juice, and ginger bitters. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Ginger Old Fashioned

Ginger Old Fashioned

Ingredients

2 oz bourbon whiskey (or rye, if desired)
0.25 oz simple syrup (or 1 sugar cube*)
2 dashes ginger bitters
Orange and/or lemon peel, for garnish

Directions

Place a large ice cube, or a couple regular ice cubes, in a whiskey glass (or small water glass or Tigger mug).

Pour the bourbon over the ice cube. Add the simple syrup and ginger bitters. Stir for 30 seconds, until cold and properly diluted. Note: I add the simple syrup after the bourbon, so the simple syrup doesn’t settle at the bottom of the glass.

Twist the orange and/or lemon peel over the old fashioned. Tuck it into the side of the ice cube. Enjoy!

*If you’re using sugar cubes: Use the handle of a wooden spoon to muddle the sugar cube with the ginger bitters. Add the ice and bourbon. Stir until cold and properly diluted, about 30 seconds. Finish with a twist. Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Vodka Spritz

Blueberry lemon vodka spritzes can be made a day before, just leave out the sparkling water (or Italian soda) until right before you are ready to serve! We like drier drinks, so we prefer sparkling lemon water to top off the spritz. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, use lemon Italian soda, and start with half of the simple syrup. Taste, and add more simple syrup as necessary.

Ingredients

Pitcher
2 cups blueberries (I use frozen)
2 lemons, thinly sliced and de-seeded, plus more for garnish
4 oz (1/2 c.) simple syrup
16 oz (2 c.) 10 Torr vodka
32 oz (4 c.) sparkling lemon water (or lemon Italian soda)
Rosemary, for garnish (optional – mint or basil would be good too!)
For a single drink…
¼ cup blueberries (I use frozen)
2 slices of lemon, de-seeded (plus more for garnish)
½ oz simple syrup
2 oz 10 Torr vodka
4 oz sparkling lemon water (or lemon Italian soda)
Sprig of rosemary, for garnish (optional – mint or basil would be good too!)

Directions

Pitcher

In a pitcher, muddle the blueberries, lemons, and simple syrup until the lemons release their oils and about half of the blueberries are smashed. (If you don’t have a large muddler, a big wooden spoon works great!). Stir in the vodka. Cover and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve (the longer it sits, the more the flavors will infuse).

Right before serving, stir in the sparkling lemon water (or lemon Italian soda). Pour over ice and garnish with lemons and sprigs of rosemary. Tip: I like to twist the rosemary a bit to release their oils. This will make 8 small drinks or 4 big ones!

For a single drink…

In a glass, muddle the blueberries, lemons, and simple syrup until the lemons release their oils and about half of the blueberries are smashed. Stir in the vodka. Fill the glass with ice, and top with the sparkling lemon water. Garnish with lemons and a sprig of rosemary. Tip: I like to twist the rosemary a bit to release their oils. Enjoy!

Sage Greyhound Cocktail

I took the easy way and used some high-quality grapefruit juice from the grocery store. However, if you would prefer to do fresh, plan on juicing about one or two large grapefruits!

Ingredients

Sage Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 bunch fresh sage (about 6 leaves)
Sage Greyhound Cocktail
8 oz grapefruit juice
4 oz vodka
1 oz sage simple syrup
Fresh sage, for garnish

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and a few leaves of fresh sage. Bring to a simmer, pressing on the sage with the back of a spoon to release the oils. After a couple of minutes, remove from heat and let cool completely.

To make the greyhounds, combine the grapefruit juice, vodka, and sage simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake until the outside starts to get frosty, about 20-30 seconds. Strain into two martini glasses. Twist a sage leaf over each cocktail to release the oils. Garnish the cocktail with fresh sage. Serve!