Spice Up Your Holiday Cocktails Using a French Press
Words Amalia Safran
We’ve shared how to brew a great French press coffee, but have you ever thought about using your French press to make a cocktail? From tea-infused toddies to fruit-infused sangria, using a French press makes it easy to serve flavorful cocktails, either hot or cold, for a small group. If you’re serving hot, the drink will stay warm in the insulated carafe as your flavors steep for a few minutes. Plus the ease of straining ingredients (like tea, cloves, ginger and cinnamon) saves you from the mess of ladling each drink.
Here are two recipes to get you started and in the holiday spirit, but we recommend experimenting with spices, fruits and liquors to find a combination that works best for you.
Hot Apple Cider Toddy
(Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate)
2 cups water
2 black tea bags
4 oz bourbon
3 oz apple cider
1 tbsp honey
2 lemons (1 for French press, one for garnish)
Cinnamon sticks (garnish)
1. Place tea bags in French Press. Bring water to a boil and pour in French Press.
2. Steep tea for 3-5 minutes. While tea is steeping, slice lemon.
3. Remove tea bags and add lemon slices to hot tea.
4. Add apple cider, honey and bourbon, stir and press down plunger.
5. Pour into glasses and serve with a cinnamon stick and/or lemon wedge with cloves
Winter White Sangria
(Recipe adapted from the Roasted Root)
1 ml bottle white wine such as sauvignon blanc, 750-
1-1/2 cups unsweetened apple cider
16 ounces pomegranate juice
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar to taste
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange cut into wedges
1 apple cut into wedges
1. Add the wine, apple cider, and juice to the French press
2. Add the cinnamon sticks, orange, and apple. Serve chilled.
Note: cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours to infuse more flavor.