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Red Wine and Cherry Spritzer

Thanksgiving? Check. Made this drink. Everyone loved it.

Christmas? This drink would be perfect. It’s festive and red!

New Years Eve? Another ideal occasion for this drink. It has bubbles!

Tonight? Well, I have an open bottle of wine to use.

This drink starts with Pinot Noir but if you’re not wine drinker–don’t stop reading! Unless you avoid wine because of the alcohol. In that case, this might not be for you. If you’re not fond of the taste of red wine, I recommend giving this a chance. You’ll be surprised by the flavor and I’m guessing you’ll love it.

The original recipe called for cherry flavored liqueur, which for some reason we had a heck of a time finding. Kroger didn’t have it–I scoured their alcohol aisle with my one year old sitting in my cart. Never mind the looks I was getting–this girl was determined to find the ingredients for this drink. Then I send hubs to a liquor store with a post-it note naming a couple different brands. He texted me from the store saying he couldn’t find it and telling me that they have cherry pie liquor or cherry brandy. Now, mind you, I don’t think I’ve ever had brandy. So I’m standing in the kitchen, phone in hand, confused and unsure (rough life, I know), and I write:

“Cherry Pie”

Then I delete.

I type: “Cherry Brandy”

Then I delete.

Then I get a another text: “Which one should I get?” (He’s probably at the store thinking, what in the world is taking this woman so long?)

I type, for the second time, “Cherry Pie,” and I cross my fingers that it won’t be too sweet. (It was perfect and I can’t wait to make some more fun drinks with the stuff.)

Red Wine and Cherry Spritzer
Adapted from Everyday Food magazine

For One Drink:
1/3 cup Pinot Noir
1.5 teaspoons cherry pie liqueur
1/3 cup ginger ale
1-2 maraschino cherries

1. Fill glass with ice.
2. Pour in wine, cherry pie liqueur, and ginger ale. Stir gently to combine.
3. Garnish with cherries.

Verdict: Fantastic holiday drink. Will definitely be making this one again.
Husband’s take:Β He didn’t try it (beer guy). But the rest of my family loved it!
Changes I would make:Β None!
Difficulty: Once you’ve found the right ingredients, easy.

I’ll leave you with some wine cork wisdom:

Smart dude.

What is your favorite holiday drink?

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32 Responses to “Red Wine and Cherry Spritzer”

  1. Julia — December 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Have you seen ‘up all night?’ Your liquor store dilemma reminds me of the first episode with their cheese dilemma. It’s not 100% the same, but kinda similar, and funny, and I can sooooo relate. This looks REAL tasty!!!! I’m always up for a fun cocktail πŸ™‚

    • Ley Willis — December 4th, 2011 @ 9:46 pm


  2. Bev Weidner — December 2, 2011 at 7:39 am


  3. Kitchen Belleicious — December 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I will take one- no wait- two no- wait- three- no i better just make it two! LOL! Love this

  4. Mary — December 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    This sounds delicious! Cherry pie is a family favorite- can’t wait to share this grown-up version next time I go home for a gathering.

  5. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I so love festive drinks like this! Definitely giving this one a try! Cheers! πŸ™‚

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am getting on a plane tonite and when I get to my destination I will be searching for ‘cherry pie liqueur’..b/c this screams holiday drink that I wanna slurp kinda drink !!

  7. Mads — December 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Mmmm! I am throwing a holiday party in a few weeks and this sounds incredible!

  8. Cassie — December 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    One of my favorite wines…I love Robert Mondavi!

  9. danielle — December 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This sounds so good – I bet I would love it!

  10. Stefanie — December 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    This looks beautiful! Perfect for this time of the year, or any time of the year! Yummy!!!

  11. Leslie Means @ Her View From Home — December 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    YUM!! Now I have another drink for the holiday season! πŸ™‚ Love the comment you made with your one year old in the cart. I had both Ella and Gracie in the cart the other day getting my drinks. I did get a few looks.. πŸ˜‰ Especially when Ella yelled, “Mama, here is beer for daddy!”

  12. Lauren — December 3, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Love those cherries!

  13. Sanjeeta kk — December 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Want..want ..want..that drink!…those cherries..the color..tempting.

  14. Katherine Martinelli — December 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This sounds like such a fun drink! In Spain they drink red wine and coke, but this sounds even better.

  15. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I think I need this in my life. Yes. I’m pretty sure I need some cherry pie liqueur.

  16. Rebecca — December 4, 2011 at 2:36 am

    All I can say is WOW!! I’m making this right away.

    • Rachel — December 4th, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

      Let me know what you think of it!

  17. Sandi — December 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Beautifully done. And who doesn’t need a little wine wisdom, now and then πŸ™‚

    • Rachel — December 4th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

      Thank you!

  18. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I LOVE this cocktail idea!

  19. Hisham Assaad — December 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I will be definitely trying it this chritmas πŸ™‚

  20. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Bookmarking this for post-pregnancy drinks I.NEED.TO.HAVE.NOW! This drink has my name all over it!

    • Rachel — December 6th, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

      Good choice, and congrats on the baby! πŸ™‚

  21. Nutmeg Nanny — December 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Yum! So delicious looking. You know I would be all over this…haha πŸ™‚

  22. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Yes please, I will take one!! I love cherry flavored drinks! Perfect for any holiday party.

  23. katie — December 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Oh my… I’m loving this! I can’t wait to give this beverage a try!

  24. Aggie — December 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I think this is going to be our Christmas evening drink!! Love this, I have to look out for that liquor! Your photos are awesome btw. Have a great week!

  25. Tracey @Cooking With Love — October 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love this! Pinning it now!! These pictures are so beautiful Rachel! πŸ™‚


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