French Kiss Cocktail

Tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve and whether you lay low or spend the night out on the town, a light cocktail is always a nice way to start off the evening. I like this French Kiss Cocktail because you can make it sweet (or less sweet), simply by adjusting the champagne or wine you use!

French Kiss CocktailCheers to a new year!

French Kiss Cocktail

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Light French Kiss Cocktail

French Kiss CocktailHow are you ringing in the new year?

Light French Kiss Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  • 1 package organic raspberries (can sub your favorite berry)
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Gluten-free vodka (I like Tito's or Ciroc)

Optional

Directions

  • Place 5 berries in the bottom of your champagne glass
  • Add 2 mint leaves
  • Using a spoon, muddle raspberries until slightly mashed, but somewhat whole
  • Fill up glass with Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  • Add a dash of vodka
  • Add a dash of lemon juice
  • {Optional} Add a 1/2 tsp raw honey/1 tsp chambord
  • Recipe Notes

  • For a sweeter cocktail, try using moscato wine. If you prefer a champagne cocktail, adding a hint of raw honey or chambord is a nice sweet touch.
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    Apple Cider Sangria [VIDEO]

    This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria!

    Apple Cider Sangria

    A few weeks go I posted on my Facebook and Twitter pages asking if anyone would like to see some yummy, light, and gluten-free cocktails on the LCK blog. I’ve been refraining from posting any cocktail recipes and I’m not sure why. Maybe because since this is a healthy lifestyle blog full of clean eating recipes, I felt you wouldn’t want to see them! But I was wrong! I guess you guys like your drinks… ha ha.

    I also firmly believe that part of a healthy lifestyle means sometimes splurging, things in moderation, and just living a little! Am I right? Plus, I don’t want to give you guys the vibe that I never indulge. That would just be a lie. Yes, I do eat super clean, but you can be sure that I often eat too much dark chocolate and I go to dinner and order a drink.

    I’m not saying to go binge drink every weekend, but if a nice cocktail every now and then suits your fancy, go for it (paleo police, don’t hate me), and now you can enjoy one a little more guilt-free. Anyway, the response was incredible!

    Apple Cider Sangria

    Many friends of mine can vouch for my drink making skills. I can’t lie, I make a mean ‘tini. Yeah, I called it a ‘tini, that’s a love/hate word right there. Anyway, most of the drinks I’ve whipped up in the past were loaded with sugar in all forms (hence why they were so good). But, since making the switch to eating clean (…and gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar-free, and so on and so on), I have been experimenting making cocktails that I genuinely don’t feel SO bad about drinking (in moderation, obv).

    Apple Cider Sangria

    This drink is the perfect drink to serve for your family and friends.  It will be a holiday staple in your home!

    Watch the video:

    Apple Cider Sangria

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
    • 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider (3 if you want more of a cider taste)
    • 1 cup carbonated water
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1/2-1 cup gluten-free vodka
    • 2 apples, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon raw honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup pommegranates
    • 1 orange, chopped
    • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

    Directions

    1. Chop apple and oranges and place in the bottom of a large pitcher with pomegranate seeds.
    2. Add in cinnamon sticks, cider, carbonated water, wine, cinnamon, and honey.
    3. Add in vodka (I start with 1/2 cup), mix well and taste. Adjust sweetener as desired.
    4. Serve over ice!

    Recipe Notes

    • The longer it sits, the better! Make an hour or two before serving and let it sit in the fridge.
    • There are many gluten-free vodkas out there, my two favorite are Ciroc Vodka and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tequila and rum are generally naturally gluten-free. Read labels and be cautious of added flavors.
    • I buy my cider fresh from a local farm.
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    There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my disclosure policy for more info!