Healthy Holiday Sips

Get out the cocktail shakers and citrus zesters, because these delicious libations are perfect for a holiday party or New Year’s Eve bash.

Christmas Sangria

christmadIngredients

1 bottle (750mL) red wine
2 c. apple cider
3/4 c. brandy
juice of 1 lime
2 sweet, crisp apples, chopped into 1 inch cubes
seeds of 1 large pomegranate
1 orange, sliced

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Refrigerate for 3-4 hours to allow the flavors to blend.  Serve cold, and don’t forget to eat the fruit!  Will last in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Honey Sage Gin Fizz

ginIngredients

3 ounces gin
1/2 – 1 ounce honey sage syrup, depending on your desired level of sweetness (recipe below)
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
5 ounces club soda
fresh sage leaves for garnishHoney sage syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
5-6 fresh sage leaves

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir until it appears that all of the honey has dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit until completely cooled to room temperature. Remove sage leaves before using. This can be made well ahead of time and store in a jar in the fridge.

For the smoked honey rim:
– Honey
– Fine smoked sea salt
– Finely crumbled bacon
(Note: one slice of bacon will garnish about 4-6 glasses if you only coat 1/4 of the rim.)

On a plate, combine bacon and salt, mixing well to combine. Take your glass and rub a drop of honey on 1/4 of the rim, then dip, twist and turn it around in the bacon salt, coating it. I don’t recommend coating more than 1/4 of 1/3 of the rim because it will overpower the honey sage. If you cannot find smoked sea salt, regular can be used in place of it. If you are vegetarian or prefer not to use bacon, the salt is just fine too.

Peppermint Cosmo

cosmoIngredients

1 Cup of pomegranate juice
The juice of 1 lime
4 Ounces of vodka
1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
8 ice cubes
8 mini candy canes
2 Tbsps of chopped, fresh mint

Directions

Combine juices, vodka, peppermint and 1/2 cup water in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into 8 shot glasses. Garnish with candy canes and mint.

Source: Greatist.com

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