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What's in the Bag: Our Favorite Cocktails, Mocktails, Natural Wines & Bar Cart Goodies

Written by
Grace Pawlowski
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November 17, 2018 at 10:38:00 AM PST November 17, 2018 at 10:38:00 AM PSTth, November 17, 2018 at 10:38:00 AM PST

Let’s get dressed up and end this year with a bang! Festive drinks always get the party started and our top picks will please and impress. Plus we have recommendations for the best natural wines and why you will fall in love with them. Grab a glass and make the holidays cheerful, bright and most importantly, DELICIOUS.

But First, Cocktails

Have fun with new flavors this season. Herbaceous, fruity cocktails are easy to sip on without going overboard on the sweet. Vanilla chai and spiced hot chocolate are a celebratory treat that we can all appreciate this time of year.

Rosemary Concord Shrub
Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash
Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cocktail (Make a batch!)
Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch
Sparkling Cranberry Clementine Gin Cocktails with Rosemary Honey
Burnt Honey Turmeric Cocktails
Pumpkin Beer Fizz Cocktails (Watch out PSL...)
Mulled Cider (Make it in the slow cooker!)
Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea
Vegan Boozy Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate


Feeling like you always need a drink in your hand? Skip the alcohol and opt for a sweet treat that will keep you feeling fresh the next day. Mocktails can be as decadent or guilt-free as you want, and we’ve got some favorites in both categories.

Ecto Chelada
Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail (Detoxifying & delicious)
Triple Citrus Kombucha Fizz (Sweet + spicy + tart)
Going Green Mocktail
Grinch Punch (For the kids!)

Natural Wine is all the Rage

Tis’ the season to try something new, like natural wines! An emerging category in the world of wine, natural wines are typically low in sulfites and take a “minimal intervention” approach in their wine-making process. This means no synthetic pesticides in the vineyard (ie, organic or biodynamically grown), no commercial yeast, no tannin or acid additions and no filtration. Natural wines have had a bad rep for years because, traditionally, they are funky, earthy and sometimes slightly carbonated. These days, as the conversation around natural wine expands, there are more options popping up in the US, Italy, Spain and parts of South America. Natural wines are extremely drinkable (as they are usually on the lighter side) and considered “clean” in terms of their ingredients—a solid choice for the celebratory months ahead.

Keeler Estate Vineyard
Old World Winery
Ruth Lewandowski Wines
Barra Winery
Pinard et Filles
Yorkville Cellars
Chance Creek Vineyards
Vins Hodgson
Caleb Leisure Wines

A Well Stocked Bar & Other Goodies

If you can resist buying these super fun extras for yourself, they also double as fantastic host or holiday gifts!

Ice Mold & Wine Bottle Chiller Set
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge Glass
Copper Straws (always on our list!)
Vintage Mid Century Collins Glasses (unique & eco-friendly)
Vintage Mid Century Modern Punch Bowl Set
Glass & Copper Ice Bucket
Extra Large Ice Cube Trays
Copper Moscow Mule Mugs
Corkcicle Sparkle Reusable Canteen Water bottle (add a little on-the-go sparkle)