Melinda Gale

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Holiday Cocktails

Growing up, we never had alcohol at..well..anything. My parents don't drink so I honestly didn't know that holiday cocktails were a thing until I moved to Los Angeles. Now, they are an absolute favorite of mine (even if I have to get them in before heading back to the east coast for holiday celebrations with my family).

The awesome team over at Van Gogh Vodka, the highly acclaimed and colorful collection of smooth, unflavored and bold flavored vodkas with remarkable tastes and aromas, and Little Black Dress Wines, the California wines known for their fruit-forward aromas, impeccable sense of balance and versatility, collaborated this holiday season on several crowd-pleasing recipes.

Vineyard Raspberry Sangria

Single Serving

1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry vodka

1 oz. Little Black Dress Chardonnay

1 fresh basil leaf

1/2 oz. fresh orange juice

1/2 oz. pomegranate juice

METHOD: Muddle the basil leaf in the bottom of a large wine glass.  Add remaining ingredients directly to wine glass with ice and stir briefly.

GARNISH: orange wheel, floating raspberries and basil leaf

 Pitcher Version

1 bottle (750ml) Van Gogh raspberry vodka

1 bottle Little Black Dress Chardonnay

12 basil leaves

2 cups fresh orange juice

2 cups pomegranate juice

METHOD: Muddle the basil leaves at the bottom of a large pitcher.  Add remaining ingredients and stir.  Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.  When ready to use, pour over ice in wine glass.

GARNISH: floating orange wheel, raspberries, and 1 basil leaf 

Winter’s Thaw Cooler

Single Serving

2 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka

2 oz. Little Black Dress Pinot Noir

5 raspberries

1 1/2 oz. good quality lemonade

2 oz. club soda

METHOD: Shake all ingredients except for club soda.  Strain over ice into a tall glass.  Top with club soda.  Stir briefly.

GARNISH: mint sprig and raspberries

Pitcher Version

1 bottle (750ml) Van Gogh acai-blueberry vodka

1 bottle Little Black Dress Pinot Noir

25 raspberries

2 cups good quality lemonade

1 liter club soda

METHOD: In a blender, blend the raspberries with a little bit of water.  Add to a pitcher with other ingredients and stir together with ice to chill and dilute.  When ready to serve, pour over ice into a tall glass, top with a bit extra club soda, and stir briefly.

GARNISH: mint sprig and raspberries 

Peachy Diva

Single Serving

1 oz. Van Gogh cool peach vodka

2 oz. Little Black Dress Chardonnay

1 oz. Limoncello di Capri

squeeze of 1 lemon wedge

METHOD: Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into a martini glass.

GARNISH: peach slice

Pitcher Version

1/2 bottle (750ml) Van Gogh Cool Peach vodka

1 bottle Little Black Dress Chardonnay

1/2 bottle Limoncello di Capri

2 cups freshly made lemonade

METHOD: Add ingredients to a pitcher or other container and stir briefly.  Store in fridge until ready to serve.  When ready, add 3 cups ice and stir again.  Pour into martini glasses.

GARNISH: peach slice

 

The Heartbreaker

Single Serving

1 oz. Van Gogh pomegranate vodka

1 oz. POM wonderful juice

2 oz. Little Black Dress Merlot

1/2 oz. honey syrup **(this is simply equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)

1 oz. sparkling wine

METHOD: Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Top off with sparkling wine.

GARNISH: lemon peel and mint leaf

 

Pitcher Version

1/2 bottle (750ml) Van Gogh Pomegranate vodka

2 cups POM Wonderful pomegranate juice

1 bottle Little Black Dress Merlot

1 cup honey syrup

1/2 bottle sparkling wine

METHOD: Add all ingredients (except sparkling wine) to a pitcher or other container and stir briefly.  Store in fridge until ready to serve.  When ready to serve, top with sparkling wine and stir briefly with 2 cups of ice.  Pour over ice into a wine glass or champagne flute.

GARNISH: lemon peel and mint leaf inside each glass

 

A few of my other favorite holiday drink recipes are Christmas Punch, Candy Cane Cocktail, or Christmas Sangria. Got any go-to holiday cocktail recipes? Let me know in the comments!