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Wine Enthusiast Podcast: A Look at Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season

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As the end of the year approaches, it brings celebrations that may include family, friends, food and, of course, good drinks. Often times, special or traditional libations reserved for these festive occasions are popped and shared.

But what makes a drink festive? What makes it unique, or holiday-worthy? Is it the ingredients? The history? The people you enjoy it with?

Maybe it’s a little bit of everything.

In this episode, we take a look at festive drinks for the holiday season.

Spirits Editor Kara Newman speaks with beverage pros Jackie Summers, founder of Jack from Brooklyn and creator of Sorel Liqueur, and Joanna Carpenter, a bartender, beverage consultant and equity, diversity and inclusion educator. They discuss what makes a drink festive, including the traditions behind it, the people who make it, and how and with whom to best enjoy it.

Ultimately, it may be less about the specific pour in your glass and more about enjoying the moment, appreciating the experience and making a lasting memory with your loved ones.