'Tis the season of chaos and merriment.
Family and friends.
Never fear, I am here to aid you in your holiday quest for a drink to silence the bickering between your mother and Great-aunt Nettie on the proper way to set a table.
Hush the teenage drama due to your daughter's boyfriend who gifted her a lovely "ruby" ring that turned her finger green. Obviously, their love is tainted.
Quiet the political debate between grandpa and your uncle's third wife. Not current politics but sometime between Roosevelt (does it matter which one) and Nixon. Or maybe they were talking about soap?
Oh well, you're sipping your winetini and munching on more holiday Chex-Mix.
That stuff is crack.
Of course, there are plus sides to the holiday season, it's called limited edition booze.
Candy Cane Winietini
2 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist *scratch and sniff bottle*
2 oz Kungfu Girl Riesling
2 oz Pure Cranberry Juice - I use Lakewood 100% Juice
Rim the glass with sugar but you could also use crushed candy canes.
On one plate I poured a bit of the cranberry juice and another the sugar. The red from the juice adds a hint of color to the sugar when you rim it.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Smirnoff, wine, and juice. Shake well. Pour into martini glass.
Also, you could garnish with fresh cranberries.
I'm not a huge fan of garnishes. More stuff to drink around or pick out of my glass.
The combination of peppermint and cranberry blend well with the medium sweet Riesling. Not overly tart. Not overly sweet. Warms and refreshes as it goes down. I usually stick with equal parts. I want to enjoy my winetini's and not have my husband have to hold my hair back in the bathroom 5 hours later.
I hope you enjoy this delicious winetini and please tell me if you make it and what your thoughts are.
Skol and Happy Holidays!