Whether you are looking to get into the holiday spirits or just warm up on a cold winter day, we’ve come up with three easy holiday drink recipes to get you through the holiday season. All the ingredients in our drink recipes are either easily sourced year-round, or purchased from local craft producers in the D.C. area.
Glühwein (Mulled Wine)
Glühwein is one of our favorite German Christmas traditions. Mulled wine is an easy way to warm up on a cold winter day. All you need is a bottle of wine and some mulling spices to simmer over the stove. We purchased our mulling spices from Alexandria’s The Spice & Tea Exchange. Mulling spices & a bottle of wine also make great hostess gifts during the holiday season!
- 8 oz. Mulling SpicesTraditionally include cinnamon, ginger, star anise, allspice, cloves, orange peel, cardamom + any spices or dried fruits
- 1 Bottle of red wine We recommend Our Daily Red, a great affordable organic natural wine
- Combine spices in a mulling spice bag or tied cheesecloth
- Pour wine into pot, add the mulling spices, and simmer for at least 15 minutes
Our twist on the classic French 75 makes for a perfect substitute for mimosas on Christmas morning, or specialty drink for a holiday party. We love Buffalo Bergen’s Grapefruit-Rosemary cocktail syrup available at D.C.’s Union Market.
- 1 oz. of gin (or vodka)
- 1 oz. Buffalo Bergen’s Grapefruit Rosemary syrup (substitute with grapefruit juice & muddled rosemary, or preferred syrup)
- Sparkling wine
- Pomegranate seeds (or a sprig of rosemary)
- Pour gin & syrup into champagne flute
- Fill with sparkling wine
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds
Homemade Cinnamon Gin Cocktail
After experimenting with different homemade gin recipes, we perfected our cinnamon gin just in time for the holiday season. Perfect served over ice or as a hot toddy!
- 2 oz. Homemade Cinnamon Gin0.5 oz. of lemon citrus
- 0.5 oz. of orange citrus
- Tonic or Soda water
- Cinnamon stick (and/or star of anise)
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Pour gin into highball
- Add citrus juice
- Top of with preferred tonic or soda water
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick or star of anise
*If serving as hot toddy, combine gin, citrus, and water into pot and simmer until hot
Cheers, Kathryn & Hunter