Festive Holiday Cocktail Creations


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At the Powder House, we are all about good food and good wine. We love looking for new cocktails to mix-up, and here are a few we think you’ll like if you’re looking for something other than table wine to enjoy this holiday season. You’ll love these delicious and festive cocktail ideas for your holiday meal, or for you to enjoy on your own while cooking, cleaning and wrapping (holidays are stressful after all)! These three recipes are easy and sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Pomegranate and Persimmon Sangria

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For this festive cocktail you will need the following ingredients.

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  • 3 persimmons
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  • 1 pomegranate
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  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio, off-dry
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  • 1 ½ cups white grape juice
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  • 1 cup spiced rum
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  • ¼ cup sugar
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  • 2 cups ice
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First, cut and separate your pomegranate. This works best if you cut your pomegranate into quarters and push the berries out into a strainer. Dispose of the rind and rinse the fruit in the strainer, separating the rind from the fruit berries. Set fruit aside in a bowl. Next, wash and slice your persimmons. You can either slice them regularly or use a cookie cutter to make a fun star shape out of your slices. Either way, it’s going to be delicious! After your fruit is prepared, grab a large pitcher. Mix all of the liquid in first and stir to mix. Add in the sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Next add your fruit. Let the mixture set in your fridge for at least one hour. The longer it steeps the better it will taste. One hour works but 2-3 is perfect. Pour over ice and enjoy!

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Black Berry Moscow Mules

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In a large glass jar muddle 1 cup Blackberries, 1 tablespoon Sugar and 2 shots of Vodka. (You can use blackberry flavored vodka or plain) until berries are mashed and smooth.

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Sweeter blackberries will require less sugar, adjust as needed. Squeeze half a lime into the mixture. Lime juice from the store also works. Fill a tall glass with ice. Fill glass half way full of ginger beer. Pour berry mixture into the top of the glass. Stir, sip and enjoy. These can also be turned into a kid friendly drink by omitting the alcohol and simply mixing ginger ale (soda) into the berry mixture.

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Carmel Apple Cider.

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Nothing makes a home smell like the holidays more than some homemade apple cider warming on the stove or in the Crockpot. But if you want to add a little kick to this winter sipper, you’ll love this sweet and easy to make cocktail. Prepare your apple cider as desired. We like to use as close to organic apple cider as we can find, but any from the grocery store will do. In the Crockpot add, cloves, and cinnamon to mull. After your cider has warmed for a while, let it cool. Depending on your guests, you can either add half a bottle of carmel flavored vodka directly into the Crockpot or you can add a shot to each glass as it’s served. No matter what you’ll be sure to love this lovely libation. If you are feeling especially spirited, add a shot of your favorite cinnamon schnapps or whisky for a little extra kick!

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Remember to drink responsibly and from all of us here at the Powder House we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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