The holiday season will soon be upon us, as will the frigid weather in some locales. It’s the time of year when patrons will enter your bar, some decked out in winter coats and red cheeks looking for a quick warm-me-up, while others come in simply looking for something seasonally inspired to warm their spirits. Turn up the heat with winterized variations on their favorite cocktails.
Winter Holiday Greenhouse Sangria
- 1 apple
- 1 Asian pear
- 1 nectarine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bushel mint (chocolate, apple, spearmint and peppermint)
- 1 bushel lavender
- 1 bushel pineapple sage
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- ¼ cup Grand Marnier
- ¼ cup Champagne
- 1 bottle red wine (recommended: Carchelo Tinto)
- ½ cup apple cider
Thinly slice all fruit. Heat lavender, mint, pineapple sage and cinnamon with wine in a saucepan for 20 minutes over a low simmer. Combine all ingredients together in a pitcher and steep for 24 hours. Double the recipe with every bottle of wine added.