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.
Pro Tip: Here’s how to make your own honey ginger simple syrup. It will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Red Wine, Ginger, and Berry Cocktail
This cocktail is a flavor showstopper: red wine, pomegranate juice, vodka, blackberry liqueur, and honey-ginger syrup. Boom. Holiday spirit in a glass.
- 1 (750 ml) bottle sweet 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.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.