‘Tis the Season for Holiday Spirits

The holidays are a time for celebration and the perfect opportunity to try a few festive cocktails or mocktails. Using fun and seasonal ingredients, these recipes are great for any gathering from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day!

When crafting a cocktail, I love using Fever-Tree mixers. They like to say that if 3/4 of your drink is a mixer, then you should use the best. Their selection of tonics, ginger beer, ale and club soda make are made with the best, naturally sourced ingredients and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavorings. They blend well with any alcohol and are flavorful also delicious if you’re making a non-alcoholic version of any cocktail. Plus, they’re refreshing and chic on their own. Just pour over ice and add a slice of slice of lemon or lime.

Pomegranate Prosecco Punch
Makes: 4 1/2 cups

1 (750 ml) bottle of prosecco
8 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz brandy
2 oz orange liqueur
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and gently stir to combine. Fill champagne glasses and serve.

Peach Ginger Spritzer
Makes: 4 cups

1 (12 oz) can Jumex peach nectar
2 Tbs lemon juice
24 oz ginger beer
Peach slices, for garnish
Lemon slices, for garnish

In a pitcher combine peach nectar and lemon juice. Top with the ginger beer and stir to combine. Pour into ice filled goblets. Garnish with fresh peach and lemon slices.

Hard Cider Sangria
Makes: 5 cups

1 cup brandy
1 orange, juiced
1 large lemon, juiced
1 large pink lady apple, cored and cubed
1 large orange, halved and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
4 (12 oz) cans hard cider
Apple slices, for garnish
Orange slices, for garnish

Pour brandy, orange and lemon juice into a pitcher. Add the apples, orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Stir to combine and let chill for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, add the hard cider and stir to combine. Pour into ice filled glasses and garnish with sliced fruit.

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