There’s no better time to mix up sparkling cocktails than the holidays! Between Christmas
parties and New Year’s Eve, it seems like December is a month-long celebration. Even more of a reason why it’s referred to as the most wonderful time of the year!

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Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger

I know half of the country is swearing off booze for the month of January but where's the fun in that? In all seriousness I'm trying to cutting out carbs but I can't deny myself a cocktail every now and then. I originally came up with the recipe as a holiday cocktail but things got a little crazy before Christmas. I figure since tangerine is technically considered a winter citrus, it totally still works right?! Plus the photos Ailee took in this amazing On Point Custom Homes kitchen are too gorgeous not to share. 

In true C&C fashion, this cocktail is easy to throw together with a few ingredients but the color and garnish makes it seem super fancy. The sparkling water balances out the sweetness of the tangerine juice and there's a little hint of vanilla. 

Serves Two

4 ounces vanilla bean infused vodka (or you can make your own using this recipe)
8 ounces fresh squeezed tangerine juice
8 ounces sparkling water
Candied orange slices for garnish (I bought a pack at Trader Joe's in the dried fruit and nut section

Anytime I'm mixing cocktails with citrus, I always like to use fresh squeezed. It really helps maintain the true flavor! To make this cocktail, combine 4 ounces of vodka and 8 ounces of freshly squeezed juice in a shaker or pitcher and stir well. Fill your cocktail glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the top, evenly dividing it between the two glasses. Fill the rest of the way with sparkling water, which will help adjust the sweetness to your liking! Cut a slit halfway through the orange slice and stick on the rim of the glass. Cheers!

Thank you On Point Custom Homes for opening up one of your beautiful homes to us!
Photos by Ailee Petrovic

Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger
Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger
Cake & Confetti Meredith Staggers Houston Blogger


Cake & Confetti

Christmas is just days away and if your schedule has been anything like mine, the holiday parties are in full swing! I made this sangria recipe for a dinner party a couple weeks ago and it was a huge hit. It's really easy to mix up and let sit in the fridge while you finish up the rest of the meal. 

Makes 1 large pitcher

1 bottle of sweet red wine
1 can of sparkling water
6 ounces brandy
1 orange cut into slices
1 pear sliced into quarters
1/2 cup of cranberries
1/2 of a pomegranate
 1 red apple thinly sliced
1 tablespoon cloves
2-3 star anise

You don't have to follow else exact amounts, you can add whatever fruit you have on hand! The main thing that sets this apart from traditional sangria, are the spices the wine will marinate in. Since the cloves are small, I stuck them into the cranberries because no one is going to eat raw cranberries anyways! So you'll be able to get the flavor without having to fish them out before you serve. You'll add all the fruit and spices to the pitcher, pour the wine, brandy and sparkling water over the top, give it a good stir and stick in the fridge for at least 3 hours. The pears absorb the brandy and they are SO good! You can serve over ice or just as still since it's chilled. Cheers!