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4 Winter-Inspired Craft Cocktails

mulled wine winter cocktails

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family and early evenings cozied up to the fire with a warm drink in hand. Merriment and seasonal refreshments help offset the colder and darker winter months. Whether enjoying a relaxing evening at home or entertaining guests, these holiday spirits are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Creamsicle Mimosa


  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of heavy cream
  • 1 bottle of champagne or prosecco
  • Optional orange slices and ¼ cup of sugar, for garnishment

Directions: If desired, rim four champagne glasses with sugar. In a tall glass, mix the orange juice and heavy cream. Pour this mixture into the prepared champagne glasses. Top off with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice.

Candy-Cane Martini


  • 2½ ounces of cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces of strawberry vodka
  • 4 dashes of white creme de menthe
  • Optional candy canes, for garnishment

Directions: Combine the cranberry juice, strawberry vodka and white creme de menthe in a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small candy cane. Serves one.

Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 2 oranges, with peels and juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of star anise

Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir and cook on high until warm (about 30 minutes). Serves four.

Cranberry Mules


  • 3 ounces of ginger beer
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 2 ounces of cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • Optional fresh cranberries and lime wedge, for garnishment

Directions: Mix vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice in a mug filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and a lime wedge. Serves one.

These four craft cocktails are sure to warm up winter nights. To find the perfect apartment in Raleigh to entertain guests and serve these festive libations, call The Trestles to schedule a private tour.

Hosting a Friendsgiving in Your Apartment

thanksgiving tableThanksgiving is the perfect time to come together with family, but it can be even more enjoyable to enjoy time with friends. Get together with pals in Raleigh, NC by hosting your very own Friendsgiving. It’s pretty much the same as a traditional Thanksgiving except that you won’t have to deal with Grandpa’s jokes!

The perfect Friendsgiving starts with good planning. Here are some ideas:


Think about what types of food you want to serve. Many people stick with traditional favorites, but feel free to deviate from the norm. Ask your friends to bring a dish to pass so that you don’t have to worry about making enough food in your own kitchen. Slow cookers can keep food warm to save on oven space.


If it’s your first time cooking a turkey, read up on how to do it. Most frozen turkeys need to thaw a few days before Thanksgiving. The Butterball helpline will walk you through solutions to common problems.


Stock your fridge with the drinks your friends like. Wine, beer, and soda are almost always good choices. Drinks that come in individual servings are usually easier, but consider purchasing some plastic cups for faster clean-up if you’re making something like a punch.


You might not have the big dining room table that your parents have, but you can still find the space for your friends to enjoy their meal. A card table or two with some folding chairs can provide extra seating. Friends also may not mind eating while sitting on the floor or the sofa. Remember that sturdy plates are a necessity if you’re using non-traditional seating.

Serving and Clean-Up

Disposable plates, silverware, and napkins make for easy clean-up. Modern versions can even look close to real china and silverware. If you don’t have enough large spoons for serving, ask friends to bring some.

Your friends will love Friendsgiving in your new Raleigh apartment at the Trestles. Come take a look at our floor plans to see how great they are for entertaining!