Red Wine Ginger Berry Cocktail
This gorgeous cocktail is a flavor showstopper: fruity red wine, pomegranate juice, citrus-flavored vodka, blackberry liqueur, honey-ginger syrup, and… (drumroll, please)… mixed berry ice cubes. Boom — holiday spirit in a glass.
It may look too pretty to drink, but you really should; the vodka cuts the sweetness of the wine, syrup, and liqueur just enough so that you can really savor all the flavors.
You can make the honey-ginger simple syrup and the mixed-berry ice cubes a couple of days ahead, so when the festivities start, all you have to do is pour and enjoy. You can buy flavored simple syrups or make your own: All you need to do is boil down water, honey, and ginger and voila — homemade simple syrup that you can use in all kinds of beverages, including coffee, tea, or this Lime Ginger Fizz cocktail.
Mixed berry ice cubes are even easier to make — just drop a single berry (or slice) in each section of an ice cube tray, add water, then freeze.
1 (750 ml bottle) fruity red wine
4 fl. oz. citrus flavored vodka
6 fl. oz. unsweetened pomegranate juice
2 fl. oz. blackberry liqueur
1 cup Honey Ginger Simple Syrup
Sliced Strawberries (for garnish; optional)
Blackberries (for garnish; optional)
Raspberries (for garnish; optional)
28 fl. oz. soda water
24 Mixed Berry Ice Cubes
Combine wine, vodka, pomegranate juice, liqueur, and simple syrup in a large pitcher; mix well. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, or until chilled.
Place a slice of strawberry, a blackberry, and a raspberry on a toothpick. Repeat so that you have 12 garnished toothpicks. Set aside.
Slowly add soda water to wine mixture; mix well.
Place 2 ice cubes in a serving glass; top with cocktail and a garnished toothpick. Serve immediately.