The Fifth Cocktail of Christmas: FIVE BOX OF WINE
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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me FIVE BOX OF WINE, (this is another one you just have to sing—I hope you’re singing them all but this is a good one!) four calling birds (who live in a spice tree), three French martinis, two turtlenecks and Campari with a pear purée.

Ok sure, I’d take the five golden rings any day but I’m not turning my nose up at a box of wine either. Plus, CalNaturale’s Tetra Pak cartons actually have half the carbon footprint of bottles so I don’t feel so bad about all the empties after those holiday party pre-games at my place. They’re also easy to re-close if you have any leftover. And, if you're not lucky enough to have a true love buying your booze this holiday season no worry, at just $12.99 per liter you can make your own Christmas merry! Serving a large crowd? Try the sangria recipe below, it serves 10 and is easy to double. It’s about as budget-friendly as it gets but is great for a cold winter’s night.

Ingredients:
1 carton of red CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon wine 
½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1 Navel orange, halved and sliced 
1 Granny smith apple, cored and thinly sliced into wedges
1 ½ Tbsp pure maple syrup
3 cups seltzer, chilled
1 cup ginger ale, chilled
Ice
 
Preparation:
In a pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate seeds, orange, apple and maple syrup; refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Stir in the seltzer and ginger ale. Serve over ice.

Nutrition info (per 4oz):
98 calories, 3.65g carbs, .07g carbs, 0g fat

The Fifth Cocktail of Christmas: FIVE BOX OF WINE-2As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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