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: He didn’t try it (beer guy). But the rest of my family loved it!
Changes I would make: 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?