Thirsty Thursday: Cran-Apple Chill

Back in December, my mother came home from the liquor store with a bottle of cranberry sweet wine in her hand. I’m sure I raised an eyebrow or made some biting quip about it before I tucked it away in our basement to never be looked at again. Eventually, running low on wine and wanting to have a drink of something easy, I opened this baby up. I took a sip of it, and it was basically cranberry juice, only sweeter. So, instead of drinking it like a wine, I decided to use it as a base for some cocktail experimentation, and I came up with this. It’s definitely a drink that’s sugary, meant for summer, and best appreciated in a mason jar. It could easily be transformed into one big punch for a big gathering, too. Either way, this is the lazy man’s cocktail that’s great for when you’re craving simplicity.

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Cran-Apple Chill

Yield: 1 cocktail

3 oz. cranberry wine (preferably from St. James Winery)

1 1/2 oz. Calvados

1 oz. homemade sweet and sour (recipe here)

1 1/2 oz. tonic water

1. Fill your glass up with ice. Measure out ingredients and layer them into the glass. Stir gently with a straw or swizzle stick. Enjoy.



About A Famished Foodie

Food geek, wannabe Parisian, and lover of polka dots. Author of A Famished Foodie and Superior Spider-Talk contributor. Bold wine, sour beer & dessert make me nerd out.
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5 Responses to Thirsty Thursday: Cran-Apple Chill

  1. Well done. Bad wine; good cocktail.

  2. Wonderful example of how to win when life gives you lemons (or in this case, cranberries!) Having said that, I hereby nominate the phrase “best appreciated in a mason jar” for induction into the annals of beverage review standard terminology… (smiles)

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