This is the prettiest presentation of a Christmas drink I have ever seen, thanks to my bartender niece Jenna. Use a clear glass pitcher and show off the fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs. You may substitute red or white wine for the sparkling wine.
2 bottles of chilled sparkling white wine (red or white wine may be substituted)
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup apple calvados
1 cup clear apple juice
Juice of one fresh orange or grapefruit (strain the pulp)
1 cup fresh cranberries
A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
A few cinnamon sticks (if desired)
Simple syrup to taste (if desired)
1. Stir the first 5 ingredients in a large clear glass pitcher. Taste and add simple syrup if desired.
2. Add cranberries, rosemary and cinnamon sticks (if desired).
3. Serve with ice.