- June 26, 2019
Did you know that you can also use wine for creating cocktails? The idea of mixing wine with other ingredients to create cocktails has been around for a long time. However, the trend just got lost along the way, as spirits became more famous for mixing cocktails. This is why it is rare to find anyone ordering a wine-based cocktail, mostly because they don’t know it’s possible. After all, the wine itself is already so good to be drunk on its own.
If you want to take your cocktail mixing game a level higher, then we suggest you try coming up with wine cocktails. In this article, we’ll share with you some recipes that you can do with different types of wine. Mastering these recipes will allow you to offer something new to your folks, friends, or customers, especially those who are fans of wine.
Sangria is a classic drink that is more potent that it may seem. It is best enjoyed while relaxing alone or with friends and family on a warm summer day or night. For best taste and results, use Tempranillo or a dry Spanish red wine. Then, you can modify the mix depending on what fruit is in season or what you have on hand. You are also free to change and adjust the flavours to suit your meal, taste, or guests’ preferences.
To make Sangria, you’ll need the following:
- Chilled red wine - 2 bottles
- Brandy - 1 cup
- Sugar - 1/2 cup
- Oranges - 2 pcs., cut into slices
- Lemons - 3 pcs., cut into slices
- Limes - 3 pcs., cut into slices
- Peaches - 2 pcs., cut into slices
- Club soda - 1 cup
Here are the instructions to make the cocktail:
- Put the wine, brandy, sugar, and fruits in a large pitcher and mix.
- Pour the mixture into glasses with ice.
- Top with club soda and enjoy!
For the ultimate experience, maintain the Spanish food and beverage theme. Your fruit-flavoured Sangria is best paired with Spanish meatballs, meat turnovers, empanadillas, and albondigas.
Mimosa is one of the staple beverages you can find in many restaurants all over the world, particularly at brunchtime (that golden hour between breakfast and lunch). The best type of wine to use for a Mimosa mix is a dry, sparkling white Cava wine, which originates from Spain. Mimosas are quick and easy to prepare, and they easily make any breakfast or brunch part extra elegant and fun.
To make a Mimosa, prepare these ingredients:
- 3 oz. of sparkling white wine
- 3 oz. of pulp-free orange juice
- Orange slices
Here are the steps to mix a mimosa:
- Get a champagne flute and fill it with the sparkling white wine.
- Top it with orange juice and garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy!
Mimosas are best paired with tasty treats with a matching orange or citrus tang. They’re also great paired with omelettes and French toasts.
- Mulled Wine
A mulled wine cocktail is great for cold, autumn, or winter days. You can warm up by the fireplace with a glass of mulled wine in hand, enjoying the warm, hearty, spicy, and rich taste. The best type of wine to use is a vibrant red, such as California Zinfandel or Merlot. For added warmth, heat the wine in a slow cooker.
Here are the ingredients for this concoction:
- Red wine - 2 bottles
- Brandy - 1/2 cup
- Orange juice - 1/2 cup
- Cinnamon - 2 sticks
- Nutmegs - 2 pcs., split into pieces
- Cloves - 12 pcs.
- Sugar - 1/2 cup
- Orange zest peel
Here are the instructions:
- Using a cheesecloth, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Pour the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar into a metal pot. Heat the pot until warm enough.
- Add the spices and continue warming the mixture slowly, but make sure not to let it boil.
- Serve the hot drink in mugs and garnish with the orange zest peels.
This warm drink is best paired with minced meat pies, cheeses, and bread.
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