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Holiday Wine Cocktails

Holiday Wine Cocktails


Holidays are a time for celebrations and entertaining.  Entertaining is always so much easier when you can prep in advance and stay out of the kitchen.  Having cocktails prepped limits your need to bartender.  Here are two cocktail recipes you can make prior to your guests’ arrival.  The best thing about these recipes is that wine has been substituted for spirits. Using wine instead of spirits lowers your entertainment cost. Wine cocktails recipes are easy, and inexpensive.  Sip, enjoy and repeat. Happy Holidays!

Cranberry Pinot

Serves 10- 12 people

2 cups   Fresh Cranberries

1 cup     Orange Juice

1/3 cup Sugar

1 Tsp     Cinnamon

4 cups   Pinot Grigio

¼ cup    Grand Marinier©

Orange Slices and fresh Cranberries for garnish

Note: Please do not buy an expense Pinot Grigio.  If you want to substitute the Pinot, use a white wine with a medium – high acidity level. Avoid oaky Chardonnary



1. Combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon in a sauce pot. Let mixture boil until sugar dissolves. Cranberries will begin to pop. You can hear the cranberries popping in the video. Once sugar is dissolved remove from stove, and let mixture cool. Pour mixture into serving pitcher or bowl.



2. The cranberry mixture is in the center. Add the entire bottle of Pinot Grigio and top with Grand Marnier. Garnish with orange slices and fresh cranberries



3. Garnish with orange slices and fresh cranberries

Pomegranate Sparkling

Serves  10 – 12 people

1 cup     Pomegranate seeds

1 cup     Sugar

1 cup     Water

1 bottle Sparkling Wine

Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Note: Please do not buy an expense sparkling wine.


1. Combine pomegranate, sugar and water in a sauce pot. Boil for 10 -12 minutes. You want a hard boil but do not let it over cook. You are creating a simple syrup. Once sugar is dissolved and mixture is brilliant thick red, remove from heat. Let cool and remove pom seeds. Place syrup in refrigerator for half an hour. You can make the mixture a few days before your event.
Place a teaspoon of syrup in Champagne flute or wine glace.


2. When your guest arrive, top simple syrup mixture with a sparkling wine. This is fun way to greet your guests.


3.  Add cook pom seeds. You can garnish with rosemary sprigs.


Cheers! Toast to the holidays.  Enjoy your friends and family.

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