There are a number of traditional holiday cocktails that I just can’t quite get myself to enthusiastically support. I don’t love spiced/mulled wine; it reminds me too much of a glass of boozy potpourri. Eggnog is something I enjoy but can only drink so much of, as it’s pretty much a meal in and of itself. I do love a good bourbon drink during the holidays, though. It’s a good, warming drink that I can leisurely sip and doesn’t make me feel like i just downed a liquor-soaked milk shake.
A friend sent me this recipe from Cooking Light magazine over the summer. While it was published in the height of August, I really think this is the perfect cocktail for all of those cold December holiday parties you’re attending. One of my favorite holiday cocktail-criteria is met by this recipe: it uses ingredients you likely have on hand this time of year. Who isn’t swimming in brown sugar and bourbon from all those bourbon balls and fruit cakes you’ve made during the Christmas season?
Brown Sugar Bourbon Sparkler from Cooking Light
Ingredients (yields 4)
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chilled fresh lemon juice
- 3 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 cup chilled dry sparkling wine
- 8 to 12 dashes of bitters
- Combine sugar and water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high until sugar dissolves (2 to 3 minutes).
- Let cool and then place in fridge to chill.
- Stir fresh lemon juice and bourbon int sugar mixture.
- Divide evenly into 4 glasses and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of sparkling wine and 2 to 3 dashes of bitters. Serve and enjoy the holidays!