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Easy Cocktails, Perfect for the Holiday Season 

After everything that’s happened so far in 2020, I’d say we all deserve a drink!

Seasonal ingredients like apples and cranberries are perfect for making delicious cocktails. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites here. And don’t worry — they’re easy for beginner mixologists!

Each recipe makes one cocktail. Of course you can stray from the measurements to create drinks catered to your taste.

Apple Cider Sipper

I took inspiration for this one from a drink offered at the restaurant I work at. It’s sweet, refreshing, and fun to make — I love an opportunity to use the shaker!


1/4 cup apple cider

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tbsp. simple syrup

apple slices

1.5 ounces gin


brown sugar



  • Dip the rim of your glass into water. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl, then dip the glass into the mixture so it sticks to the rim.

  • Add gin, apple cider, lemon juice, and simple syrup to your shaker. Add ice and shake!

  • Cut the apple into thin slices, or matchsticks. Fill your glass with ice and apples.

  • Pour the contents of the shaker and enjoy!

Hot Toddy

The perfect drink to warm up with on a chilly night! There are many variations of this cocktail out there, but here’s my take on the old classic.


1.5 ounces bourbon or whiskey — your choice

1.25 cup apple cider

1 tbsp. maple syrup

black tea (optional)

lemon juice

cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick if you’re feeling fancy)


  • Heat apple cider in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup for 1.5 to 2 minutes.

  • Pour your liquor of choice into a mug. Add hot cider. Stir in maple syrup.

  • Squeeze in lemon juice to taste. Add a lemon slice and a dash of cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick for garnish.

  • Get cozy, and enjoy!

Tip: If 1.25 cup of cider is too heavy for your liking, another option is to use 1 cup of hot cider, and 1/4 cup hot black tea. This will also keep the drink hotter for longer.

Autumn White Sangria

This one is the easiest to create because there is really no wrong way to do it! A little creativity, and you can make a beautiful and refreshing sangria. Have a large wine glass ready!



white wine of your choice

Possible Add-Ins:







pomegranate seeds


apple cider

club soda

ginger ale

cranberry juice

peach Schnapps


cinnamon sticks

anise pods

And the list goes on forever…


  • Chill your prosecco and wine of choice.

  • Cut your selected fruits. You can freeze them if you want to eliminate the need for ice.

  • Fill a large wine glass about half way with prosecco.

  • The rest is up to you! Seriously, just go crazy with it.

[I topped mine with Riesling, ginger ale, a little peach Schnapps, apple cider and cranberry juice. Then I added apple slices and cranberries. Super sweet and delicious!]

  • Stir and enjoy!

I hope you give these easy recipes a try and I can't wait to hear what you think! Post your recreations on Instagram with the hashtag #Aprilscocktails

With love,


5 comentários

Kimberly Nicola
Kimberly Nicola
16 de dez. de 2020

Omg - gin*** 🥲


Kimberly Nicola
Kimberly Nicola
16 de dez. de 2020

Oh my goodness Sabrina you had me at the apple cider sipper!! 😍 your apple recipe up to the sangria sound so festive and mouth watering! Thank god I brought back my gun from my university house - going to make apple cider sipper tomorrow evening 🍎🍷🥰


I've always wanted to learn how to make cocktails! Have always admired people who knew how to make them. These are a great toe in!


Anjum Ali
Anjum Ali
12 de dez. de 2020

I love the Apple Cider Sipper one... It looks yummy and healthy at the same time! Thank you for the easy recipe!


Ok trying all of these !!!! You are a life saver - now I don’t have to go searching for recipes ❤️

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