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Winter Cocktail - Champagne cocktails
While looking for a winter cocktail to mix up this weekend, I came across this champagne paleo cocktail. It’s a bit different than the champagne and whisky holiday cocktail I posted last winter.  This cocktail is mixed with a bit of whiskey as well but features a cinnamon infused honey cider that gives it a wintery feel.

There are no artificial sweeteners or sugary mixes in this cocktail so you can feel a little less guilty while indulging this holiday season!

The cider consists of honey, orange juice, cinnamon, and cloves. The cider recipe serves 18, so that you can mix up a pitcher of this winter cocktail at your holiday get together. If you aren’t planning on serving that many cocktails, don’t worry, you can leave the excess burning on low in a saucepan. I did this and it made my home smell amazing!

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I chose to serve this in these festive, stemless, wine glasses that I picked up at Home Goods but I also recommend serving it in old fashion champagne glasses.

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For the cider honey syrup:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup orange juice

For cocktail:

  • 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cider honey syrup
  • prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine (or enough to top off the glass)
  • ½ sprig of rosemary
  • pomegranate seeds


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice together until it bubbles. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a shaker, mix the cider honey syrup and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled. Strain into a serving glass. If making a larger batch, keep refrigerated in a pitcher until serving.
  3. Just before serving, add sparkling wine to top off the glass and garnish with a ½ sprig of rosemary and pomegranate seeds.

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