Holiday Themed Cocktails and Wine Picks

Tis the season yet again and I always like to celebrate with a holiday-inspired cocktail, or two. These fabulous concoctions and beautiful wines may help celebrate the holidays, but can really be enjoyed any time of the year. Serve them at your holiday party, or just sip as you wrap presents. However you shake it, these drinks will help usher in a festive and holiday mood and a happier new year.

 

The Stolen Spice 

2oz Redemption Rye Whiskey

1 oz Stolen Kiss hibiscus/Grenache mixer

Ginger Beer

 

Shake the whiskey and the Stolen Kiss mixer with ice and strain into a rocks glass with or without ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer and a sprig of fresh basil.

 

Sip’n Pretty holidaycocktails

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz St. Germain elderflower liquer

1 oz Cleto Chirali Sorbara Secco dry sparkling red Lambrusco

 

Shake the vodka and the elderflower liqueur with ice and strain into a martini glass. Top with Lambrusco.

 

Wine Picks

For a classic holiday dinner, bubbles and whites are always the best place to start. Prosecco is a light sipper, perfect for cooking in the kitchen with the family, while the Barone Pinot Grigio is fabulous and an amazing value. Before the richness of a heavy meat dish, try a glass of the beautiful Iron Horse Russian Cuvée.

Villa Sandi Vigna la Rivetta ($45) 

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio ($17)

Barone Fini Holiday Win

Iron Horse Russian Cuvée ($44)

iron horse sparkling holiday wine

Holiday Reds

For Italian styled meals, open a bottle of Chianti Classico. But for the standing rib roast and rich meaty dishes, go with a more old school approach, like the Spotswoode from Napa and Sonoma’s Jordan.

Banfi Chianti Classico ($15)

banfi chianti classico holiday wine

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon ($185)

spottswoode family estate holiday wine

2012 Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)

jordan-winery-holiday-wine

Happy Holidays!

holiday wine picks

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