Are you looking for some new holiday drink options? During the holidays, have you noticed that people are usually carrying a bottle of wine because they don’t want to go empty-handed? As much as you appreciate different wines, some of the best go as a cocktail.
Luckily, there’s nothing to ashamed of when serving wine-based cocktails at parties. And some people don’t even notice the kind of alcohol you put on their drinks. But just to make sure, you can put a description or the actual name of the drink to inform them.
Whether you like rosé, white, red, or sparkling, there are various wine-based holiday cocktails. Meanwhile, if you would like to try wine tasting, you can try it at bars, Italian restaurants, or Spanish restaurants.
But if you would like to try mixing right away, here are some drinks to choose from!
1. Holiday wine spritzer
Let’s start with the white wine. It’s a three-ingredient cocktail, so you will definitely enjoy the mixing and drinking of this one. It’s perfect for a light drinking session, so you can still catch up with family and friends.
Aside from the drink, you can also prepare a charcuterie board which you can order at Spanish restaurants or you can even create your own.
The holiday wine spritzer contains a 1:1:1 ratio of white wine, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. But of course, if you have some fresh cranberries, don’t hesitate to top your drinks with some.
Meanwhile, if you’re not a fan of white wine, you can always replace the white with red, and everything else is the same.
2. Holiday manhattan
Need some splash of bourbon with the most bloody red wine? The holiday manhattan got your back! It has a festive, Christmas-y colour, but it’ll not going to be too merry when you drink too much. So even if this became your favourite drink of all time, don’t forget to drink moderately.
For the recipe, you need to prepare two ounces of red wine, a shot of bourbon, a shot of simple syrup, and some cherries for the garnish. Just adjust the measurements depending on the amount of cocktail you need.
Although the holiday manhattan is a great drink, don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.
3. Holiday mulled wine
Mulled wine is basically the cocktail that represents the holiday season. But for those who drink wine straight from the bottle, it’s time to gradually introduce your system to the taste of holiday mulled wine.
If you have pilling bottles of wine, you should try making the classic holiday mulled wine. Aside from a bottle of red wine, you also need to prepare half a cup of brandy, 3 pieces of star anise, 3 cinnamon sticks, 6 cloves, and ¼ cup of honey. Combine all the ingredients in a pot, and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Serve it with some orange slices, and enjoy the warmth of this drink along with some catching up with your guests.
4. Holiday sangria
Have you already tried sangria? If you’ve had a drink or two at Spanish restaurants before, it’s time to recreate it in the comfort of your home.
You may already know this, but sangria has a lot of variations. But you can just make the basic version with a holiday twist so that your guests won’t get confused about what they’re drinking.
In this recipe, you need to prepare a bottle of Spanish red wine, ¾ cup of orange juice, ⅓ cup of brandy, half of an apple, and half an orange. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. You can make this the night before your party for a more fruitful experience.
5. Holiday wine punch
Looking for a rosé-kind-of night? Treat yourself and your guests to a holiday pink wine punch. If you enjoy drinking pink wine, this is the right recipe for you!
You just need to prepare a bottle of pink wine, 2 to 3 cups of raspberry juice, 2 cups of apple juice, and 1 cup of sparkling water. Mix the ingredients in a punch bowl, and add some cranberries or raspberries for garnish.
If you’re looking for a holiday twist, you can always top any cocktail drink with peppermint candy or decorate your glass with something Christmas-y. As most of the ingredients mentioned are fruity, it’s fine if you can’t choose which one to serve. You can just stock up on some fruits, and decide what holiday wine-based cocktails you’ll serve.
Of course, aside from the drinks, you should also prepare a charcuterie board since all these drinks include wine. Meanwhile, don’t be afraid to add a splash of other alcoholic drinks to these recipes just to take the heat another notch.
Also, don’t hesitate to share the recipe or your holiday drinks, even the non-wine-based ones, by leaving a comment below!