During the holiday season, delicious festive wine cocktails and mulled wines bring delightful holiday cheer, warm and hearten the soul, and ensure you indulge in the holiday spirit. Some of the best cocktails and mulled wines are the ones you make yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you want to elevate your festive party or drink these indulgent beverages with loved ones. Wine cocktails and mulled wines have the power to tempt and delight tastebuds during this season. If you want the secret recipes to create impressive seasonal libations, we have the answers. Continue reading as we explore festive wine cocktails and mulled wines, provide recipes, and offer tips that will ensure your guests leave the celebration content.
Key Examples of Festive Wine Cocktails
As you celebrate the arrival of the holiday season, you may be searching for the perfect wine cocktail to serve your guests. You may need to know some of the key examples of festive wine cocktails to choose one to craft and impress your attendees. There is a world of craft wine cocktails to explore; here are the main examples you may consider creating yourself.
One of the most indulgent red wine cocktails is sangria, a fusion of flavours that wake up your tastebuds. This popular beverage is customizable, so you can add a range of ingredients in a big batch that matches your specific tastes or make different batches to suit your guests’ palates. This red wine cocktail can include fruits to add a zesty, refreshing flavour note to your beverage.
For the most delicious sangria, our sangria recipe is the perfect guide. The full selection of ingredients can create a fruity flavour combined with incomparable red wine. Here are the ingredients you need:
- Sweet red wines, such as wines from Rioja
- Apple juice
- Orange juice
- Lemon juice
- Soda water
- Cinnamon stick
To make this refreshing beverage, combine the juice of the orange, lemon, and apple with the chopped fruits in a pitcher. Add your Rioja wine and cognac to the pitcher and add an optional tablespoon of sweetener. Finally, add a splash of soda water before you serve the beverage with ice.
Devil’s Margarita is an upgrade on the traditional margarita that uses an enticing red wine float. The wine gives this beverage a tempting flavour dimension and contrast in colour. Only a few ingredients are required to create this delectable cocktail, which can include the slightly tart fruit juices that elevate the flavour and add a tasty edge to the drink.
Our Hornitos Plata Tequila is the perfect addition to the Devil’s Margarita, providing a hint of agave and floral notes. Continue reading for our full, indulgent recipe.
Devil’s Margarita Recipe
To create the perfect Devil’s Margarita, we recommend this Devil’s Margarita recipe. Select the following ingredients and follow this indulgent holiday cocktail recipe to create a beverage with an irresistible flavour:
- Lime juice
- Red wine like Merlot
- Simple syrup
- Optional lime wheel
Begin making this beverage by adding your lime juice from one lime to a cocktail shaker and combining this with the simple syrup. Next, add your tequila and ice to the combination, seal the shaker, and shake the mixture until it is well-chilled. Strain the cocktail into your wine glass, then pour the red wine slowly over the mixture using a bar spoon to make sure it floats and pools on the surface.
Key Examples of Homemade Mulled Wine
Multiple key examples of homemade mulled wine can delight the nose with a warm, spiced, sweet, citrusy aroma and delicious flavours that warm your heart. Here are a few examples you may want to try when you invite your guests to celebrate the season.
A mulled port is a spiced wine recipe that contains sweet port wine. It is a unique mulled wine that can be served chilled yet still deliver the spiciness that many mulled wine recipes contain. There are several variations of this mulled wine, meaning you can add the ingredients that align best with your taste.
Although it is not a traditional option for mulled wine, its ingredients offer pleasant, delicious aromas. A standout port wine that works best for this recipe is our 20-year-old Tawny Port, which received an incredible 90 points out of 100 in a wine-tasting review.
Mulled Port Recipe
One of the best-mulled port recipes includes a range of delicious ingredients that simmer together and create a fruity, delectable beverage. The ingredients you will need include:
- Port wine
- Orange juice
- Lemon juice
- Orange slices
- Orange and lemon zest
- Star anise
- Cinnamon sticks
Make this fruity, spicy port wine by peeling the zest from the lemon and orange. Squeeze the orange and lemons and add the zest and juice to a saucepan. Add your port wine, the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to the pan, and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. Let the beverage cool completely and serve with orange slices and ice in the glass.
Mulled White Wine
Mulled white wine is another alternative to traditional mulled wine. With refreshing, zingy white wine and a few heady spices, you can create a delicious mulled wine that is unique. Some of the most delicious white wines for this recipe include our Riesling Spek Family Reserve VQA, which delivers a citrusy, crisp flavour.
Mulled White Wine Recipe
We have the perfect mulled white wine recipe to help you fully celebrate the festive season in style. Make this unique beverage using the following delicious ingredients:
- White wine
- Elderflower cordial
- Lemon zest
- Cinnamon sticks
- Vanilla pod
- Fine sugar
- Maple syrup (optional)
- Apple cider
Create this refreshing, spiced mulled white wine by removing the zest of two lemons and adding them to a saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks, vanilla pod, elderflower cordial, apple cider, and white wine. Let the ingredients simmer, but avoid boiling them, then add four tablespoons of fine sugar and the optional maple syrup for additional sweetness.
2 Top Tips for Creating Mulled Wine
Making mulled wine that brings seasonal cheer can be easier than you think. Two top tips for creating mulled wine include avoiding overheating the wine and adding a sweetening agent. Ensure you gently simmer the wine and avoid boiling. As mentioned, 20 minutes is enough for port mulled wine.
For your sweetening agent, add maple syrup, fine sugar, or even honey for your twist on mulled wine. You can also add ingredients that suit your taste, such as fresh cranberries or apple slices.
2 Top Tips for Creating Wine Cocktails
Creating delicious wine cocktails during the holiday season doesn’t need to be complicated. Two top tips for creating wine cocktails include creating a simple syrup in advance and getting the balance of sweetness and tartness. To create the simple syrup, mix white sugar with boiling water in a saucepan and wait until the sugar dissolves. When the liquid turns clear, put the syrup in a bottle.
To ensure you get the correct balance of sweetness and sharpness, you mix equal parts of simple syrup with acidic ingredients such as lemon juice. For example, if you add 10ml of fresh lemon juice, ensure you add 10ml of simple syrup. Adjust this blend according to your palate and preferences.
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Preparing your mulled wines and cocktails in time for the holiday season can be a exciting, festive process. Gather your ingredients, serve your beverages, and ensure your guests leave your celebration full of festive cheer.
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