The Christmas Drink Experiment

Welcome to the Christmas season! I've got my tree up, my shopping done, and I'm ready to relax. What better way to do that than with a drink experiment!

The Christmas Drink Experiment

Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

Ingredients

1 Granny Smith apple
1 Braeburn apple
1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries
1 large Sprig rosemary
1 Bottle Pinot grigio
½ cup white grape juice
¼ cup sugar (more, for garnish)
1 Can club soda

Recipe originally found here

I made the drinks and Kevin made breakfast and we did this one quiet Saturday morning. It's probably not the best breakfast drink, but it's what we decided to start with. We each had a glass and then nothing. It was good but not anything spectacular so into the fridge it went, until Sunday afternoon. We knew we needed to finish it but as it wasn't our favorite we decide to throw in some extra soda and grape juice. The extra, plus it sitting over night in the fruit made a huge difference and it was delicious!

Neither of us are huge fans of fruit in our drinks so we ended up putting the cranberries, apples, and rosemary in a bowl. We enjoyed the drinks, while snacking on the fruit. The apples were delicious, very wine infused and I definitely what to try to do more wine infused fruits. The cranberries were not as good, but I think if they had been sliced open, they might have done the same thing as the apples.

All in all this drink gets a 2 out of 5 for the first day but a 4.5 out of 5 for the second day. I'd probably do it again if I was hosting a dinner and remembered to prep it the night before. 

The Christmas Drink Experiment
The Christmas Drink Experiment

Our next drink was 

Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer 

Ingredients

2 cups vodka (we switched this to white rum)
5 cups orange juice
2 cans lemon lime soda
½ cup cherry juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Recipe originally found here

Chill all ingredients. Add to large pitcher and mix. Serve over ice.

This one surprised me, but it was good but it wasn't anything special. Though it was much more breakfast appropriate. It's something we'll make again, simply because it's easy. . A definite 4 out of 5 for us. 

The Christmas Drink Experiment

Drink #3 was the Christmas version of a Mojito... aka they added pomegranate arils to the recipe.  

White Christmas Mojito

Ingredients

1 Lime, juice of
8 Mint, leaves
1 Pomegranate arils
¼ cup Coconut milk, canned
1 tbsp Sugar
1 Sparkling water
1 tbsp Coconut rum
2 tbsp Rum, white (we did 3 tbsp of this and no coconut as we didn't have it)

Instructions

In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass half way with ice. In a blender, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate. Drink!

Recipe originally found here

This one has directions and we discovered (later) that they are important to follow. Blending the milk with the booze would have made a huge difference. But then again, when your favorite mojito comes from Cuba, no other can compare. I am also not a huge fan of coconut milk. If we had used the blender it probably would have been better but not by much. The second round we made with no sugar and pomegranate arils, and we used 7up instead of sparkling water. It made it a bit better not still not our favorite. These we enjoyed while sitting in front of the fire place, watching Wonder Woman. The first a 2 out of 5 and the second a 3 out of 5. 

The Christmas Drink Experiment

Last year we did a hot chocolate experiment and it was a ton of fun. This one was also a lot of fun but required a bit more planning, both in scheduling and in preparation. I think that I'll probably repeat both experiments in the future! That said, when I think of Christmas drinks I think eggnog! And maybe one day I'll be brave enough to make that at home. 

What's your favorite Christmas drink?