December 10, 2018
Sure, wine is great by itself, but did you know you can also use it to create delicious cocktails that you and all of your guests will enjoy? Many of these recipes make punch-style drinks that feature plenty of servings, are very simple to put together, and let your holiday crowd serve themselves, making them easy for entertaining.
If you’re looking for some wines to pick up, read more about Osoyoos Larose winery’s offerings that we profiled recently, and consider sipping one of their wines, or using it to create a fun wine cocktail for friends.
Sangria is perhaps the best known wine cocktail out there. Sangria is in essence a Spanish red wine, sweetened and mixed with fruit or fruit juices.
1 bottle red wine, preferably Joven Rioja
1⁄2 cup brandy
1⁄2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp sugar
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 apple, cored and diced
1 lemon, cut into wedges
To create this cocktail, mix the apple, orange, lemon, and sugar in a big pitcher. Then add the orange juice and the brandy and stir for about 30 seconds. Finally, stir in the red wine and add some ice before ladling in wine glasses.
Ice Wine Martini
This blend of succulent ice wine and vodka is a purist’s cocktail; it lets the liquors shine through.
1 oz Naked Grape ice wine
1 oz Co-op vodka
1 splash club soda
1 frozen grape, for garnish
Shake the ice wine and vodka in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass and top with soda. Garnish with frozen grape.
Mulled Wine Cocktail
Mulled wine, also known as Glögi, is a spiced alcohol that essentially translates into “hot wine.” Made with variations of spices, juices, and red wine, there are many ways to concoct a mulled wine at home. Mulled wine cocktails are delicious, especially around the holidays when it’s chilly.
1 bottle of red wine
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar, to taste
1 orange, sliced with skin on
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into 3 pieces each, plus extra for garnish
3 star anise
With the exception of the brandy, mix all of the ingredients in a pot and bring it to a very light simmer for between 15-20 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add the brandy before stirring thoroughly. Strain spices from the liquid. To make the drink have even more “spice” to it, you can add an additional stick of cinnamon to your glass before relaxing by the fire with your cocktail.
White Wine Spritzer
A wine spritzer is a combination of a carbonated beverage (like soda water, sparkling water or even Sprite) and wine. Spritzers are extremely easy to make. One of the easiest yet tastiest white wine spritzers includes dry white wine such as pinot grigio, club soda, pomegranate juice, and a lemon wedge.
4 ounce dry white wine
2 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
Get a glass of ice and mix the wine, club soda, and pomegranate juice before stirring juice from the lemon wedge in. That’s it!
Sweet Berry Mead Cocktail
Mead is a drink also known as ‘honey wine’, made with fermented honey and water. Local meadery Fallentimber also makes a delicious, tangy Haskap berry mead, which is divine in this cocktail.
Read more about Fallentimber.
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Fallentimber Haskap mead
3/4 ounce lemon
3/4 ounce simple syrup
To create this cocktail, smash the blackberries in one shaker. Mix the gin, mead, lemon, and simple syrup in another shaker and shake gently. Pour just a splash of the drink mixture into the blackberry shaker, give it a quick shake and pour it into a cocktail glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the remaining drink over it.
Don’t forget that Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is our holiday party destination, with helpful advice any time you need it.
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