Holiday Party Punches

With all that party-hopping (and if you’re hosting, prepping), quick, easy cocktails are a must. So we grabbed our punch bowls and spent an afternoon at the bar with our beverage director to whip up three boozy concoctions you can easily batch and serve at the rest of your holiday gatherings!

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Eggnog Old Fashioned

Serves 8-10

  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) George Dickel No. 12
  • 1 bottle Califia Farms Almond Milk – Holiday Nog
  • 4 dashes Jack Rudy Bitters

Now that’s a good egg(nog). Because you’re probably enjoying this alongside some pretty heavy apps and sweets, we swapped in an almond milk nog for a lighter take on the traditional spiked eggnog – but if you’re about the moo and want something a bit richer, just swap it out for this bottle.

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl and stir gently until incorporated. Ladle into cups over ice and top off with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

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Grinch Juice

Serves 12-14

  • 1 bottle Gruet, Brut
  • 2 cups Ketel One
  • 2 bottles Natalie’s Juices – Lemonade
  • 1 cup Matchabar – Original Matcha (SHAKE WELL!)

Our kind of green juice. These clean and approachable flavors make the perfect light libation – and with those bubbles, we’re making a mental note to add this to our spring brunch rotation, too.

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl over ice (highly recommend these classic Chicago cubes for best results). Stir occasionally to keep the matcha from settling. Making this for a party? Be sure to mix this right before guests arrive to keep the brut bubbles alive.

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Mulled Red Wine

Serves 8-10

  • 1 bottle The Whole Shebang! Red Blend
  • 1 bottle Mini Few Bourbon
  • 2 cups Red Jacket Orchards Cider
  • 1 bottle Bittermilk – Old Fashioned
  • 5 tbsp Honey

First rule of mulled wine drinks: it’s important to use a BIG wine when heating over the stove – you’ll burn some alcohol and it could damage a lighter varietal or styled wine. Got it? 👍🏼

We’ve added Bittermilk mix to ours for an added depth of flavor, and a splash of fresh apple cider for a refreshing finish to this cold weather classic. Depending on your preferred level of sweetness, add or subtract a tablespoon of honey, and for another layer of flavor, add a few dashes of cinnamon or other spices.

Add all ingredients into a large pot and stir until the honey is well incorporated. Heat the mixture and bring to a gentle simmer (don’t let it come to a boil!). Let it rest for about 20 minutes or until it reaches a tea-drinking temperature. Serve directly from the pot or a heat-friendly container.

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From the Orchard: Our Go-To Apple Cider Cocktails

The leaves are changing, the temps are falling, and it’s time to swap that rosé for something a little stronger! Pair your weekend pumpkin patch and apple picking outings with our go-to cider cocktails for the season – with just a few ingredients each, these quick and easy recipes will warm you right up on those crisp fall nights.

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Rum Cider Slush

  • 1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 oz Apple Cider
  • Lemon wheel to garnish

Because slushes should be a thing all year long – swap out those tropical Piña Coladas for something more seasonal with this rum slush + a generous splash of fresh apple cider. Pro tip: Hosting a pumpkin patch/apple picking outing? This is a great drink to scale up and make for a large group or party!

Mix all ingredients into blender. Cover with handful of ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with lemon wheel.

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Apple Cider Mule

  • 1 1/2 oz Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Apple Cider
  • 2 1/2 oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel to garnish

The Kentucky Mule meets fall. Cider adds a layer of richness and complexity to take the classic mule to the next level.

Combine all ingredients in serving glass and top with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Warm Whiskey Cider

  • 1 1/2 oz Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 oz Apple Cider (warmed)

When it goes from 80 degrees to freeze advisories with no warning…you’re gonna need an easy way to turn the temps up on your drinks, too. We refuse to go full on hot toddy quite yet (wait your turn, winter) – but this warmed whiskey cider is just the thing for those fall nights.

Heat apple cider in a teapot or saucepan until warm. In your cocktail glass, combine 1 1/2 oz of Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey and 1/2 oz simple syrup, then top with about 5 oz of warm apple cider. (Whipped cream optional.)

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Summer’s Last Spritzes

From mimosas to Bellinis to the Aperol spritz, we’re big fans of the fizz in our drinks. Refreshing, effervescent and a breeze to make, take a departure from your usual mimosa this weekend for these sparkling wine cocktails perfect for the transition to fall!

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Baby Cheeks

  • 1 oz CH Vodka
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Gouguenheim Sparkling Rosé

Strawberries and sparkling rosé. Name a better duo…we’ll wait. Perfect for rosé and cosmo drinkers alike, plus the rest of us who aren’t willing to give up those summer vibes just yet.

Dice 5-6 strawberries and combine in 4 oz of simple syrup. Smash the strawberries with the back of a spoon and let them rest in the syrup until liquid begins to take on color and flavor of strawberries (~30min). After the flavor has been extracted into the syrup, strain the remaining strawberries from the newly flavored syrup (only ¾ oz). Juice one lime and set aside until you’re ready to compose the cocktail. Combine all ingredients in your shaker. Add a few ice cubes and shake. Strain into a white wine glass or coupe. Top with about 3 oz of Gouguenheim sparkling rosé and garnish with a small strawberry.

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Creeping Vine

  • 1 oz Hendricks Gin
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • Cucumber  
  • Jean Louis Cuvée Brut

Play up the unique Hendricks botanicals with refreshing slices of crisp cucumber!

Cut 2 slices of cucumber and add to your cocktail shaker. Juice 1 lemon, and combine with gin and simple syrup into your cocktail shaker. Lightly muddle the cucumber with a wooden spoon or muddler. Add ice and shake until cold. Strain into a white wine glass or coupe. Top with about 3 oz of Jean Louis Cuvée Brut and garnish with a cucumber wheel or peel.  

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Grapefruit Aperol Spritz

  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz Grapefruit LaCroix
  • 2 oz Ca’ Furlan Prosecco
  • Orange

A simple riff on the classic Aperol Spritz, this version with grapefruit LaCroix adds balance to the Aperol and prosecco for a slightly acidic and bittersweet spritz that’s not too rich. Highly crushable.

Combine Aperol, LaCroix and prosecco into a Collins glass. Mix gently as not to disturb the carbonation. Gently add ice until covered. Express one orange twist and enjoy!

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Veg Out: Fresh From the Garden Cocktails

TBH we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into either, but after an afternoon of R&D, we are all. in. on vegetables in our cocktails. Try ’em for yourself with these simple swaps on classic recipes, and impress the crew at your next al fresco get together.

(And for all you sticklers, we know some of these veggies might ‘technically’ be considered fruits – just go with it, k? Whatever they are, they’re still delicious).

Arugula Gimlet

Because salad shouldn’t have all the fun – shake up the traditional gimlet with these leafy, peppery greens to kick up the herbal notes of your favorite gin. 

  • 2 oz gin
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Combine gin, fresh lime juice and simple syrup into shaker. Top with ice and 1 cup of arugula. Shake and strain through a fine filter. Garnish with a sprig of arugula. Serves 1.

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Bloody Berry

Vodka + tomato usually means bloody mary, but we’re swapping out those heavy garnishes for a light, garden brunch-ready combo of sweet, earthy heirloom cherry tomatoes, strawberries and a spritz of lemon.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 5 heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 lemon – squeezed

Slice heirloom tomatoes in half, dice two large strawberries and muddle together. Add to shaker with vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and ice. Shake vigorously, and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a tomato! Serves 1.

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California Margarita

If you’ve ever been told you eat ‘too much’ avocado toast (not possible), this one’s for you. Double down on the healthy fats and fun (tequila!) with this rich but surprisingly refreshing marg.

  • ½ avocado
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (~2 full limes)
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Peel and pit avocado, and muddle. Add all ingredients into a blender until smooth. Serve in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime garnish. 

No blender? No problem – just add a little elbow grease to your muddling to get a more liquid consistency, toss all ingredients into a shaker (but with 1 ½ oz of tequila), shake for 20 seconds and double strain! Serves 1.

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Punch Drunk Rosé

Pack a punch at all those patio parties with these quick and easy batch cocktail hits, starring everyone’s favorite summertime libation: R O S É. Grab your biggest pitcher and let’s get (responsibly) punch drunk  💃😎

We were really feeling the sparkling rosé when we mixed these up, but if you have a go-to bottle you want to toss in, do it! These are just a few of our favorites to get you started:

Waterlemon Rosé Fizz

  • 1 bottle Hi! Sparkling Rosé
  • 1 bottle Simply Lemonade
  • 1 box GoodPop Popsicles – Watermelon Agave 
  • Strawberries + lemons for garnish (optional)

Don’t go easy on the rosé – use that full 750ml bottle for best taste (and more bubbles!). Top it off with one bottle 11.5oz Simply Lemonade for a kick of sweet, then add the ice to keep things chill. Last but certainly not least – serve with a Watermelon Agave GoodPop. For an extra pop of brightness, toss in cut up strawberries and lemons.

Pro tip for all these cocktails: don’t water down that flavor with regs ice – grab a bag of our long-lasting cubes, or snag an extra bottle of rosé to freeze up some cubes at home. 

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CocoBerry Rosé Punch

  • 1 bottle Gouguenheim Sparkling Rosé
  • 1 Vita Coco Coconut Water
  • 1 bag Frozen Mixed Berries

Everything tastes better in the summer if you’re drinking it out of a coconut, right? Get those same tropical vibes with this punch, minus the work of whacking open a bunch of coconuts…because you ain’t got time for that. Combine a bottle of Guggenheim with one 11.1oz Vita Coco Coconut Water, stir in those frozen berries (+ a little ice), and voila!

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Grapefruit Rosé Sparkler

  • 1 bottle Cleto Chiarli Rosé Brut
  • 1 Natalie’s Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 cut limes for garnish (optional)
  • Margarita Salt or Pure Cane Sugar (optional)

Tangy grapefruit + bubbly rosé = perfect for your next brunch. And even better? It only takes two simple steps! Pop and pour the chilled rosé, then top it off with a 16oz bottle of grapefruit juice. Garnish with a lime wedge, (and if you’re feeling extra) serve in salt + sugar rimmed glasses.

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Harvest Cocktails

Fall cocktails just might be one of our favorites, because fresh apple cider. You’re getting your daily serving of fruit (#health), and it’s one you can warm up on those chillier, winter is definitely coming days – to get you started, we’ve whipped up a few classics with a splash of cider that you can enjoy all day, from brunch to happy hour to that evening nightcap.

…we may have also snuck a maple old fashioned in here, because 🍂 – cheers!

Apple Cider Mimosa

  • Prosecco
  • Fresh Apple Cider

You know the drill here – just swap that OJ for a splash of apple cider 🍎

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Harvest Margarita

  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 1/2 cup Tequila
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Apple for garnish

In a pitcher, combine apple cider, tequila and fresh lemon juice. Rim glasses with salt, fill ’em up and garnish with an apple slice.

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Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Water
  • Dash of bitters
  • Orange for garnish

Combine maple syrup, water and a dash of bitters in a glass, stir until blended. Add bourbon and ice, garnish with a fresh orange peel.

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Apple Cider Whiskey Warmer

  • Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey
  • Fresh Apple Cider

In a rocks glass, combine 2 parts apple whiskey with 2 parts warmed apple cider, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Booch, Please

Rumor has it kombucha, that slightly fizzy, makes-your-gut-feel-tingly-but-in-a-good-way-drink, is amazing in cocktails. Clearly we needed to investigate further (trust but verify, guys), so we did a little R&D of our own – after an afternoon of shakin’, stirrin’ and plenty of sippin’, the verdict is in: it’s like kombucha was made to pair with alllll the booze.

Already a booch aficionado? Never touched the stuff? Whichever group you fall in, don’t pass up one of these cocktails – not only are they delicious, but we’re pretty sure you can drink more since they’re healthy, because probiotics. To get you started, here are our favorites we concocted with our lineup of Health-Ade Kombucha – cheers!

Drop The Beet

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Health-Ade Beet Kombucha

Shake gin, Campari and vermouth together with ice, strain into chilled glass. Top with kombucha.

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The Hotshot

  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup
  • 3 to 4 oz Health-Ade Cayenne Cleanse Kombucha

Shake mezcal, lime juice and simple syrup together in ice, strain into chilled glass with ice. Top with kombucha and garnish with a slice of lime.

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Apple A Day

  • 3 oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha

Mix bourbon, lime juice and simple syrup, pour into old fashioned glass with large ice cube. Top with kombucha and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Foxy Mule

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Health-Ade Ginger-Lemon Kombucha

Mix vodka, lime juice, lemon juice and simple syrup in ice filled glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with lemon twist.

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