Eggnog may be a holiday favorite for some (not me), but it is one of the worst drinks that can pass your lips. Eggnog is made with egg yolks, white sugar, whole milk AND heavy cream. I am surprised is can even be called a drink! Instead of downing all those calories to get into the holiday spirit, try sipping on some Winter Sangria to get in the spirit and still be able to get into your New Years Eve outfit! What I love about sangria is that it makes a bottle of wine serve twice as many people, it looks great and you get a couple servings of fruit along with your buzz! A lot of sangria recipes call for sugar – I don’t think it needs it. If you need a little sweetness, try a tablespoon of agave nectar instead of sugar.
1 bottle red wine
1 sachet Mulling Spice Blend (recipe below) – NOTE: this is the same used in the Dark Chocolate Mulled Wine Sauce
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 orange, halved and thinly sliced
1 can (12 oz. club soda)
Juice of 1 orange
1/3 cup Triple Sec
Mulling Spice Blend
2 teaspoons whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 (3 x 1-inch) strip orange rind
Combine 1 cup wine and sachet in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Discard sachet. Pour mixture into a pitcher; add remaining wine and triple sec. Add orange juice, apples, orange slices, and club soda. Chill thoroughly.
Holiday Recipe Redo: Healthy Cocktail Edition