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.
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.