The holidays are around the corner and it’s time for celebration and festivities. For wine lovers, what are the perfect holiday drinks that can give you a reason to pop open a bottle? Here are some colorful yet delicious suggestions that will inspire you to create the most memorable holiday party drinks.
Sparkling White Sangria
Cocktails are a must-have for parties. Instead of the usual recipes which you have been using each year, why not try a sparkling white sangria instead? Mix dry cava with some fruits of your choice. Berries add a brilliant pop of colors, while citruses like lemons and oranges give freshness and zest. Depending on the time of the year you make this drink, you can also use pears, peaches, pineapples or mangoes. Top up the mixture with a soda of your choice, or use syrup instead to sweeten up the drink. For a little festive vibe, why not add some pine needles to your ice cube trays and create some interesting pine needle ice cubes that will enliven this mouthwatering sangria?
Spiced Mulled Wine
Nothing says warmth and coziness more than a spiced mulled wine. Heat up some bold, full-bodied red wine like Syrah or Malbec, and lace that with aromatic spices like cinnamon, star anise, cardamon, cloves and black pepper. Add slices of orange for a citrusy fragrance and drizzle in maple syrup for delicate sweetness. Serve warm in mugs and let the party begin!
Festive Wine Punch
For a beautiful wine beverage brimming with holiday cheer, indulge your guests with some Christmas punch. Open a bottle of your favorite Champagne or Prosecco, mix with ginger ale, apple cider and brandy, then topple in a generous amount of fresh cranberries, which will look like tiny ruby gems floating in the punch. You can freeze the cranberries in advance so they double up as ice to chill the drink! Be sure to make more than enough because everybody will be going back for seconds.