This year, try a holiday cocktail that with a bottle of wine. For a festive touch, our wine cocktails bring in seasonal flavors like wintry citrus, tart cranberry, and cozy baking spices.
Winter Rosé Sangria
- 1 500ml bottle Blue Apron Rosé wine
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 1 orange, sliced and deseeded
- 1 grapefruit, sliced and deseeded
- Optional: ½ cup liqueur, such as sweet or dry Vermouth, Campari, Aperol, Kirsch, Lillet, Maraschino Liqueur, or Triple Sec
Pour the rose into a bowl or pitcher.
Stir in the pomegranate juice, half of the sliced orange and grapefruit, and optional liqueur, if using.
Chill for 4-6 hours in the fridge to let the flavors marinate. Strain the mixture, removing the sliced citrus – leaving it in may cause the sangria to become bitter.
Serve these wine cocktails over ice. Top with seltzer and garnish with the remaining sliced fruit.
White Wine Cranberry Spritz
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- ¾ cup sugar, divided
- 1 500ml bottle Blue Apron White Wine (the pairing key of Light & Fresh works best)
- Zest of 1 orange
Bring 3/4 cup water, cranberries, and ½ cup of the sugar to simmer in a small saucepan.
After about 2 minutes, when the cranberries have just begun to soften, remove about ⅓ of them with a slotted spoon onto a wire rack to dry. Let them dry for about 20 minutes, or until they’re no longer sticky.
Meanwhile, on the stovetop, continue simmering the remaining cranberries and sugar syrup for 5 minutes, or until the cranberries are soft. Crush the cranberries against the side of the saucepan with a spoon and stir. Cook until the cranberries have broken down but the mixture is still liquidy, about another 5-10 minutes.
Remove the cranberry mixture from heat and strain into a measuring cup, pushing the crushed fruit against the strainer with a spoon to release any liquid. You should have about one cup of cranberry syrup. Let the syrup cool.
To finish the candied cranberries, combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar and orange zest in a bowl. Toss the dried cranberries from the wire rack into the bowl to coat them with the citrus sugar.
Combine 1 cup of the cranberry syrup with the bottle of white wine in a pitcher or bowl. Serve with ice, and garnish with the candied cranberries on a cocktail skewer.
Looking for more seasonal drinks? Try our easy hot toddy recipe.