Did you all have a wonderful holiday? We definitely did. I’m a lucky girl, I’ll say that. I have my family, my friends, my husband, my pets. I’m healthy, happy. I have a beautiful home. I’m lucky! I do miss my family who isn’t with us anymore. But life goes on, no? And I’m still here. And the holidays were beautiful.
Speaking of holidays, do you still have guests stopping by? Do you have guests who still haven’t left yet? Or maybe you’re just looking for something fun to drink on your Christmas vacation. I hear you. I have just the thing.
Cranberry “sangria.” It’s really just cranberry juice- or apple cranberry, or cherry cranberry, or whatever you like. Then you just add sliced fruits like citrus (oranges, lemons and limes work) and apples, and cranberries. Add a cinnamon stick or two and you’re good to go!
You don’t have to add anything else, but if you want to you can add sparkling water or seltzer to make it a little bit bubbly.
There’s no alcohol necessary, either… however…
Should you want to add some, you totally can. I suggest vodka, spiced rum, red wine, or bourbon/whiskey. Be sure to add it in small increments, maybe a shot at a time, and taste frequently- particularly when it comes to the hard liquors. The red wine is something you can basically add a pretty decent amount of without much guesswork.
This is “sangria” after all. But I’d still taste as I went to be sure.
The best thing is that if you have kids, you don’t have to add any alcohol at all, and this way they’ll feel included in the “drinking.” I know when I was small, every time my parents or my nana had a cocktail or a fancy drink, I was a little jealous. That makes it especially great for New Year’s Eve!
Some ideas (you can mix and match any of these you want!):
- cranberry juice
- cran-apple juice
- pomegranate juuce
- cherry juice
- sparkling water
- red wine
- sliced oranges
- sliced lemons
- sliced limes
- spiced rum
The only limit is your imagination… or taste buds.