A Sparkling Christmas Punch Holiday Cocktail Recipe
“This sparkling Christmas punch more than satisfies my high standards, what with its layered, fruit-meets-spice flavor and its deep, sultry color. It’s been my go-to holiday cocktail recipe all season long, ever since a few weeks ago when I served it at Thanksgiving and it was met with rave reviews!
The star of this drink is a new-ish aperitiva called Jardesca. I first tasted the stuff at an event thrown by a mixologist friend of mine earlier this fall, and I’ve been telling everyone I meet about it. Inspired by the Italian tradition of starting an evening’s revelries with a light, refreshing drink to whet the appetite. Jardesca is a blend of three California wines that are then combined with a double distilled fine grape eau de vie—which itself has been infused with 10 botanicals. It comes in both white and red varieties, and I’m especially loving the red this time of year for its weightier presence as well as warming tangerine, ginger and cardamom notes.”