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Thursday, June 13, 2024

10 Yummy Holiday Mocktails and Cocktails

'Capital Region Living' offers up delicious recipes that you can make at home.

Apple Crisp
Courtesy of Yankee Distillery
¼ ounce caramel syrup
2 ounces fresh sweet apple cider
2 ounces Yankee Distillers Bourbon Whiskey
• Rim a rocks glass with cinnamon and sugar and fill 2⁄3 with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine syrup, cider and bourbon. Shake to combine and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice and cinnamon stick.


Courtesy of Yankee Distillery
½ lemon, juiced
¾ ounce brown sugar syrup (see below)
2 ounces Yankee Distillers Rye Whiskey
• For the spiced brown sugar syrup, mix equal parts water and brown sugar and simmer with mulling, or winter spices until all sugar is dissolved and thick. Do not boil. Strain and reserve.
• In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake to combine. Strain and serve in a rocks glass over a large cocktail cube.
• Garnish with a dehydrated lemon slice.



Yankee Winter Sangria
Courtesy of Yankee Distillery
2 750ml bottles of Eleven Lakes Vodka
1 750ml bottle of cabernet sauvignon
1 375ml bottle of Cornelius Applejack by Harvest Spirits
16 ounces pomegranate juice
32 ounces cranberry juice
16 ounces spiced cranberry juice reduction (see below)
• For the spiced cranberry juice reduction bring 32 ounces of cranberry juice mixed with mulling, or winter spices to a boil and reduce by half. Strain and reserve.
• In a two-gallon pitcher or drink dispenser, mix all ingredients. Add chunks of apple, orange, and lemon and let sit for at least a few hours, stirring occasionally.
• Serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with skewered cranberries.



The Apple Slicer
Courtesy of Nine Pine Cider
1 ½ ounce 10th Pin Apple Brandy by Albany Distilling Company
½ ounce Cinnaster Shine by KyMar Farm Wine & Distillery
1 ounce sweet apple cider
3 ounce Nine Pin Ginger Cider
• Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with an apple slice.



Capital Region Blessings
1 ½ ounces cranberry juice
1 ½ ounces apple cider
3 ounces prosecco
• Rim champagne flute with cinnamon sugar. Put a few pieces of diced apple and some dried cranberries in the bottom of the flute.
• Add juice and cider to flute and top with prosecco



Tina’s Glögg
4 liters Burgundy wine
1 ½ liters port wine
1 cup vodka
1 cup sugar (to taste)
½ cup raisins
½ cup blanched almonds
4 cinnamon sticks
• Combine wines, raisins, almonds and cinnamon sticks in a large pot and bring to a simmer but do not boil.
• Add vodka and return to a simmer.
• Gradually add sugar, tasting periodically, until desired sweetness is achieved.
• Dissolve sugar and return to a simmer.
• Serve warm right from pot.
• Traditionally served in teacups or mugs with small spoons to enjoy raisins and almonds.



Capital Region Tidings
2 ounces pomegranate juice 4 ounces prosecco
• Place a few pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add juice to the flute and top with prosecco.



Candy Cane Sparkler (Non-alcoholic)
Courtesy of Saratoga Spring Water Company
1 ounce lime juice
¾ ounce mint syrup
Pinch of fresh mint leaves
Saratoga Lemon Lime Sparkling Water
• Rim a tall glass with crushed candy canes and add ice.
• Add mint, lime juice, and mint syrup, and top off with Saratoga Lemon Lime Sparkling Water.
• Garnish with a candy cane.


Holiday Sparkler (Non-alcoholic)
Courtesy of Saratoga Spring Water Company
½ ounce Grenadine
2 ounces orange juice
Saratoga Orange Tangerine Sparkling Water
• Add crushed ice, orange juice, and 4 ounces Sparking Water to a wine glass.
• Top off with grenadine and garnish with dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds and a mint sprig.


Holiday Moscow Mule
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 ½ ounce gin or vodka (plus more for soaking)
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
1 rosemary sprig Orange slice, for garnish Prepared cranberries, for garnish (see below)
• Soak cranberries in preferred liquor for 2 hours and freeze.
• Combine cranberry juice, and liquor.
• Pour over ice and top with ginger beer.
• Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired.

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