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Thirsty Thursday: It’s a Wonderful Sangria

It’s rare to think about drinking sangria during the cold winter months, but here’s a harmonious concoction that’s sure to lift your spirits. This winter white sangria is a shareable drink to make for guests during the holidays. Not only is it crisp and refreshing, but there’s also a comforting undertone of warm cloves and nutmeg.

Combine dry white wine with the autumnal spices, crisp slivers of pear and apple, and Damiana liqueur which will add a citrusy sweetness. Let this “make-ahead” holiday punch refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop. The next day, you just combine this mixture with some chilled bubbly for sparkling, fruity sangria that will please a crowd.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Wine Sangria Cocktail

Sparkling Wine Sangria

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for our Prosecco Gold Rush Cocktail; this week we’re back with another bubbly-based concoction to ring in the new year.

When the clock strikes midnight, you can toast with the usual champagne or, better yet, try something new. Raise a glass of sweet, peach-infused sangria made with Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine. A celebration of all things festive, the Sparkling Wine Sangria combines two classic cocktails into one “ooo” and “ahh”-inspiring sip. Bottoms up, folks. 

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Thirsty Thursday: Prosecco Gold Rush Cocktail

Prosecco Gold Rush

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we got things going with a Christmas Spirit Cocktail; this week we’re gearing up for the holidays with a bubbly-based concoction.

Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is just around the corner, and all that means is if you haven’t yet cracked a bottle of something, anything, you’re already a bit behind. Rather than resorting to the usual sparkling wine this year, spruce it up with a dash of spice and extra kick of alcohol. The Prosecco Gold Rush is precisely the sort of sip we’re talking about, with cinnamon schnapps and chilled vodka to complement the sweet bubbly. It’s a festive drink, and what better week than this to celebrate. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Spirit Cocktail

Christmas Spirit Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last time we toasted with a Ginger Cranberry Cocktail; this week we’re back with something even better suited for the holidays.

Festive little guys, few foods pack as much holiday cheer as pomegranate seeds. Each bite bursts with sweet pomegranate juice — bright red and beaming — imbuing dishes and drinks with a distinctly Christmas-time feel. It’s no wonder then that Jamie Oliver chose them to star in his Christmas Spirit Cocktail. Simple and easy, all it takes is ice cold tequila (preferably silver), a frosty (shot) glass and a handful of pomegranate seeds. Just make sure you’ve crunched the pomegranate seeds before downing your drink. Bottoms up, folks.

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Fantasy Foodball: Reindeer Pops vs. Snowmen Pops

NFL Rice Cereal Pops

With only 4 weeks left in the football season, you’ve likely exhausted (if not repeated) most Sunday entertaining foods. When the season kicked off in September, warmer weather meant burgers, hot dogs and the like. Then cooler climates ushered grills from off patios and into storage, calling instead on heartier fall fare like chili for your tailgating parties. Sure, chicken wings may always be a good play on gameday, but this week we’re calling an audible and leaning on the holidays for some Sunday foodball inspiration.

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Thirsty Thursday: Go For a Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last time we warmed you up with a Mulled Cider; this week we’re back with something even better suited for the holidays.

Dotted with frozen cranberries and brimming with its beautiful, deep red hue, the Ginger Cranberry Cocktail is the sort of sip that looks as holiday-inspired as it tastes. Take a healthy serving of vodka, club soda, cranberry juice and lime, stir it all together with homemade ginger syrup, and you’ve elevated your average vodka cocktail to a concoction worthy of the season. Top it off with a sliver of shaved ginger or two and you’re ready to go. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Warm Up with Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last time we chimed in with a fall-inspired mojito; this week we’re back with one of our favorite drinks for the winter.

There’s something warm and fuzzy about ladling cider into a mug — apple, ginger and cardamom perfuming the air with their sweet and spiced aromas. But stir in a little brown sugar, a few clementines and cloves, and top it all off with a healthy dose of dark rum and you’ve upgraded the comforting winter sip to something a bit more buzz-worthy.

Nigella’s Mulled Cider is the sort of drink you want to wrap your hands around when you’re cooped up on the couch, cuddled by the fire, or outside on a cold night. So warm up a pot, add an extra dash of rum if it’s been that kind of day, and toast to the season. Bottoms up, folks.

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