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two yuletide moon red wine cocktails on a cutting board topped with an orange slice, ice, and a cherry with fruit and a muddler on the side

Yuletide Moon Red Wine Cocktails

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  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Refined sugar-free, these Yuletide Moon Red Wine Cocktails are perfect for the holidays! Serve them on the rocks for a refreshing drink your guests will love. 


Units Scale
  • 9 cherries, pitted (fresh or in a jar)
  • 3 ounces fresh orange or clementine juice (keep part of the fruit to muddle, if desired)
  • 56 ounces Merlot wine
  • 2 ounces bourbon (See notes for gluten free option)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Ice
  • Orange slices or lemon zest/peel to garnish



  • *If you don’t have merlot, use a bold red wine.
  • Check here for gluten free bourbon options.
  • *Muddling means to press with a spoon or a tool called a muddler to extract the juice. Keep the cherries once muddled.
  • Optional sparkling mix-ins: kombucha (cranberry or ginger work best) or sparkling apple juice.
  • No cocktail shaker? Use a tall glass and long spoon to muddle the cherries. Add the remaining ingredients, muddle the mixture again, and stir. Use a mesh strainer to pour into a serving container before pouring individual glasses
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Category: drinks
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: 9.5 g
  • Sodium: 4.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg