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FRESH and Festive: Wintery Cocktails

Feeling that post-holiday malaise? Snap out of it quickly, with friends, snacks and a new, winter-inspired post-holiday cocktail.

This drink recipe was developed by our friends at Texas Toast Culinary Tours, a Fort Worth company that creates dining events, restaurant-hopping tours and culinary-based vacations. (Their occasional “barbecue bus,” touring the best Hill Country barbecue spots, is legendary.)

Because it includes trendy pomegranate juice and a dash of calorie-free sparkling water, this drink is light and fresh and full of antioxidants, so you can feel virtuous while you chase the winter blues away. Cheers!

Holly Berry
Serves 2

6 oz vodka
3 oz pomegranate juice
3 oz winter spice syrup (see below)
2 oz sparkling water

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange twist.

Winter Spice Syrup:
In a saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons molasses, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then reduce to a simmer, stirring until molasses and sugar are dissolved. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.