Holiday Drinks DIY
2 cups sliced fruit, any combination of oranges, lemons, apples, pears, and plums
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup brandy
2 bottles red wine, preferably Burgundy
Place the fruit, sugar, and brandy in a 2 to 3 quart pitcher and stir to combine. Set in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours. Add the wine and stir to combine. Serve over ice.
Spiked Apple Cider
1 1/2 cups apple cider 1 cup apple brandy 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 6 apple slices, for garnish
1. Chill cocktail glasses in freezer.
2. Fill a tall cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add cider, brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup
Shake vigorously for 20 seconds
3. Pour mixed and chilled ingredients through strainer of cocktail shaker and into chilled cocktail glasses
4. Cut a thin slit into each apple slice and perch onto the rim of each glass for garnish
Rose Lemon Champagne Punch
One 12-ounce container frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored or plain vodka
One 750 ml bottle rose champagne, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs
In a pitcher, combine the lemonade and vodka. Slowly stir in the champagne. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.
Cook's Note: To make vanilla-flavored vodka, place 3 whole vanilla beans in a 750 ml bottle of plain vodka. Place the bottle in a cool dark place for at least 10 days to allow the vanilla to infuse the vodka. Open the bottle occasionally during the infusion time.