Exclusive: Here's How to Make Olivia Culpo's Favorite Holiday Cocktail

Go ahead, get merry.

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It's almost hard to believe, but it's pretty much holiday time. It's time to throw out the pumpkins, and get ready for all things merry and bright—and, yes, that includes your drinks. From holiday parties to your parents' annual mixer, it's time to switch up your usual libations with a festive cocktail. And we got a delicious one mixed by Olivia Culpo herself.

So how did she decide her very own drink? "I like a cocktail that is light and fresh, so I’ve created my own signature holiday cocktail, the Stella Artois Cidre Sparkler, which uses rosemary and cranberries—nothing tastes more like the holidays than that!” Fair enough. Here's how to make the surprisingly simple sip.

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Olivia Culpo’s Stella Artois Cidre Sparkler

To make homemade syrup:

1.5 cup cranberries

1.5 cup sugar

2 cups water

4 rosemary springs

Bring cranberries and water to a boil and cook until cranberries are soft (approx. 8 minutes) and can be crushed with a spoon. Remove from heat, add sugar and rosemary, stir to dissolve sugar. Let steep for at least one hour, strain and press the juice from the berries. Chill.

To build the cocktail:

.75 oz homemade rosemary cranberry syrup

.25 oz lime juice

1 bottle Stella Artois Cidre

Build cocktail in a tin shaker, add ice and strain into Stella Artois Cidre wine glass, garnish with rosemary sprig.


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