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3 Holiday wine cocktail recipes

Karen Miner is the Food & Travel Assignment Editor for SheKnows, ChefMom and FabulousFoods. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of ori...

Cocktails for Christmas

It’s time to raise a glass to the holidays! Whether you’re a Champagne lover, prefer white wine or only drink reds, we’ve got you covered with a holiday cocktail for each.

rosemary champagne holiday cocktail

Inspired by the smells and flavors of the holidays, these cocktails are sure to help take your mind off the hustle and bustle of this busy season. Kick your feet up, forget the shopping lists, and enjoy a holiday wine cocktail.

Rosemary-scented Champagne cocktail recipe

Rosemary adds a subtle hint of aromatic herbs to this delightful sparkler.

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces Champagne
  • 1/2 ounce Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum (or similar)
  • 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • Lemon wedge

Directions:

  1. Combine rum and rosemary simple syrup in a Champagne flute. Fill glass to the top with Champagne. Squeeze lemon into cocktail.

Rosemary simple syrup recipe

Makes about 1/2 cup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sprig rosemary (about 5 inches)

Directions:

  1. Pull leaves off rosemary sprig and add to a small saucepan with sugar and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a low boil for about 5 minutes until mixture is thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool completely. Store in refrigerator.

holiday-spiced red wine cocktail

Holiday-spiced red wine cocktail recipe

This cocktail will put you in the holiday spirit with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and cognac.

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces red wine
  • 1 ounce Camus cognac (or similar)
  • 1 ounce cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • Lemon wedge
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add wine, cognac and cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup to a glass. Fill with ice. Squeeze lemon into cocktail and stir.

Cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup recipe

Makes about 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

  1. Split vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out seeds. Add seeds, vanilla bean, sugar, water and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a low boil for about 5 minutes until mixture is thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool completely. Store in refrigerator.

pomegranate-orange white wine cocktail

Pomegranate-orange white wine cocktail recipe

Bright, festive and fun, this fruity cocktail goes down easy!

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc)
  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce Camus cognac (or similar)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Tear mint leaves roughly and put in glass. Add wine, juices and cognac. Fill glass with ice

More holiday cocktails

12 Days of Christmas cocktails
Cranberry mojito
Gingerbread cookie milkshake

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