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Wintery Rosemary & Ginger Beer Cocktail

With the holidays right around the corner, it is time for one of my favorite holiday pastimes: Getting tipsy. If that J-Kwon song doesn’t pop into your head right now then we can’t be friends. However, if you like to get a little (or a lot) turnt then we can definitely be friends. Read on to see how you can get the whole family “accidentally” drunk during the holidays. You’re welcome.

As I have mentioned before, I am usually a beer drinker. However, nothing screams winter time more than a delicious and festive cocktail. This seasonal drink has some of my favorite types of booze: Pinot Grigio and vodka, along with some of my favorite winter flavors: Rosemary and ginger beer. And let’s not forget the cranberries!

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You can make these cocktails individually, but I made a big batch while I was spending last Christmas with my family. Let’s just say that none of it was left and everyone was merry.

Recipe (serves around 10)

You’ll need:

2 Granny Smith apples

2 Braeburn apples

1 bag of cranberries

8 rosemary sprigs or more for garnish

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

2 cups (or more) of Vodka

1 pint of ginger beer

¼ cup sugar for garnish

First, chop the apples into cubes. Truth be told, you can use whatever apples you like. I used Granny Smith for tartness and Braeburn for sweetness (and because they are massive). Plus, the green and red contrast makes it super wintery.

Next, take a large pitcher or whatever container you have (yes, I used a large clean pickle jar) and add the apples, cranberries and rosemary.

Finally, it is time to add the fun part. Pour whatever brand of ginger beer and Pinot Grigio you prefer into the container and top it off with the vodka (I used Tito’s). Warning: I like my drinks strong AF so feel free to modify the amount of vodka listed above (or not, teehee). Give it a big stir and let it sit for an hour or two.

When it is time to serve, grab your favorite glasses. Put some apples and cranberries into the glasses and pour in the bomb ass elixir. Now, get the sugar and put some onto a plate. Take some rosemary sprigs, lightly run them under some water and dip them lightly in the sugar. This will make the rosemary look like pine tree branches covered in snow. How Jack Frost is that? Place a rosemary sprig in each glass and drink up.

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Let me know if you decide to try these at your next holiday shindig. Cheers!

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