Merry Monday | Festive Libations

On this first Merry Monday of the holiday season, what better way to start than with a refreshing holiday beverage. Whether an adult version or virgin, it’s always fun to be festive

I love cranberries almost as much as I love lemon. So this winter holiday sangria is the perfect mix.

Christmas Sangria
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Ingredients

2 – 750 ml bottles your favorite white wine, like riesling

1 pomegranate

2 oranges, sliced thin

6 ounces cranberries, about 1 1/2 cups

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 cups ginger ale, or club soda for a less sweet version

Directions

In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, pomegranate arils, orange slices, cranberries and pomegranate juice.

Chill for at least one hour.

Stir in the ginger ale and serve.

Christmas Sangria
Christmas Sangria (via Bake. Eat. Repeat)

Since you can never have too many cranberries, who can say no to bubbles!

Cranberry Mimosas

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Cranberry Mimosas (serves 4) via delish

1 lime, halved

2 tbsp. sugar

1 c. sweetened cranberry juice

1 bottle champagne

12 fresh cranberries

4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions

Rub rims of champagne flutes with lime and dip in sugar. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top off with champagne.

Make garnishes: Use a toothpick to poke hole through cranberries. Thread rosemary skewer through cranberries and garnish mimosas.

A winter favorite is definitely hot chocolate. Kicking things up a notch would be this fresh peppermint white hot chocolate. Peppermint and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe is simple and quick.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients

4 cups of milk of your choice

8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or white chocolate chips)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more/less to taste)

optional toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermints, marshmallows

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(via Gimme Some Oven)

Directions

Stir the milk and chopped white chocolate together in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer and the chocolate is melted.  (Do not let it come to a boil or let the chocolate burn on the bottom.)  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peppermint extract.

Serve warm, with optional toppings if desired.

Try one or all of these this holiday season. Make it a festive one!

Merry Holidays!