Fall is coming close which means comfort food, family, and of course, a good wine cocktail and mulled wine recipe.
As much as we all like those classic cocktails which have survived the test of time, we live in an era where exploring new trends and trying something different has become the new world order. The Old Fashioned, the Mojito, the Cosmo and the Martini, the traditional spices; they were not always classics. At one point they were simply a new drink, a new trend.
Sometimes we need to mix it up every now and then, channel our inner mixologists and try something new. That, or simply try the recipes which others have tried and tested for us.
Here are 5 mulled wine recipe and not so mulled cocktails which will definitely not disappoint
Mulled White Wine
Nothing beats a hot mug of mulled wine on a cold day. You can enjoy it from the cosy comfort of the indoors, or while wrapped up in multiple layers and walking around on a chilly evening. Traditionally, a mulled wine recipe consists of red wine. Although I am partial to the traditional method of making mulled wine, red wine is not for everyone. That is where this Mulled White Wine Recipe comes in. It offers white wine lovers the same wonderful experience of having Christmas in a cup. I would suggest using a wine which is not by nature too sweet to begin with, considering that there will be sugar added to the drink. Something like the Carrol Boyes Chenin Blanc would work wonderfully!
- 8 tbs of white granulated sugar
- 1 tbs honey
- The juice of 1 orange
- 5 or 6 cloves
- 4 or 5 star anise
- 1 bottle of white wine (750ml)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange – sliced (save 2 slices to use as garnish)
- Combine all ingredients in a pot on medium heat, then bring to a simmer.
- Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Pour into cups or mugs, add the garnish and serve
Red Wine Spritzers
Like Mulled White Wine and White Wine Sangria, using red wine to make wine spritzers might not be the way the drink is more commonly made, but by golly it is delicious. In my opinion, nothing beats a fizzy drink with fresh berries. Not only is the red wine spritzer aesthetically pleasing, it is one of the “healthier” options. With no added sugar and berries loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, it offers a break from other delicious (yet sugary) drinks. For this recipe, you want to look for a dry red wine, such as the Carrol Boyes Cape Blend.
- 1l soda water or sparkling water
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- ½ pint raspberries
- ½ pint blackberries
- Add some berries to each glass and cover with wine. Let the mixture stand for around 10 minutes.
- Fill the glass with the sparkling water and enjoy!
White Wine Punch With Strawberry, Cucumber, and Mint
This is possibly one of my favourite summer cocktails. I absolutely love the combination of a crisp white wine with the refreshing taste of cucumber. Give me herbs in drinks any day, the rosemary and mint give this cocktail the perfect finish. When it comes to choosing a wine for this recipe, I would say Cape Sun Chenin Blanc is the perfect match. It’s light green tint and tropical nose do marvellous things with the flavors of this White Wine Punch!
- 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 2 oranges
- ⅓ cup mint leaves
- 1 cup of rosemary syrup
- 4 bottles of white wine
- Strawberry daiquiri (optional)
- Ice cubes
- Fresh Sliced Strawberries
- Peel the oranges and remove the white pith.
- Slice each segment of the oranges open and get out the juicy bits, leaving the membranes behind.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cucumber, orange, rosemary syrup, and the wine.
- Pour the mixture into glasses. Add some ice and mint leaves before serving.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate For Cooler Days
This recipe is a total game changer for me. It is pure genius. As much as I love a mulled wine recipe, it never occurred to me to make red wine hot chocolate as a (potentially more delicious) warm wine drink alternative. On cooler days, when getting cosy (and a little boozy) is in order, this drink is a winner! I would suggest using a bottle of the Cape Sun Cabernet Sauvignon for the red wine hot chocolate.
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 ½ cups of milk
- ⅓ cup of dark chocolate (broken up into chunks)
- Coconut whipped cream (optional)
- Add the milk and the chocolate to a pot over medium heat. Whisk the mixture constantly until the chocolate has melted completely and you are left with a thick, creamy chocolate milk.
- Pour in the red wine and stir until the mixture reaches a good warm drinking temperature. Pour into mugs or glasses and add some coconut whipped cream before serving.
White Wine Mojito
This cocktail gives the classic Mojito a wonderful twist. It is incredibly refreshing, and a much lighter version of the classic rum based cocktail. I suggest using a wine such as the Cape Sun Reserve Chardonnay for the white wine Mojito.
- ½ cup white wine
- ¼ cup soda water or sparkling
- 2 wedges of lime
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp agave
- Ice cubes
- In a glass, muddle the lime, mint and agave.
- Add wine and soda water to the glass, stir and serve.