Shake things up a little this Christmas with our best selection of wine-cocktails
CURIOUS TO try something beyond a glass of wine or a cocktail this Christmas? Here’s the new fad to get into: wine-cocktails. Exactly as its name suggests, this is an eclectic blend of both wines and cocktails, teasing your taste buds with new flavours that you’ve never experienced before. For those of you who need a dose of new and unfamiliar every once in a while, here’s your chance! Winefamily has put together 7 of the best wine-cocktails that will satisfy those cravings, and yes, we promise they’re also extremely delicious!
1. Star Gazer
Call this Christmas in a glass, because this wine-cocktail is soft, sweet and vibrant, recreating the feeling of a warm treat on your palette. Work this mixture with a 2012 La Playa Chardonnay, Colchagua Estate and a Captain Morgan Rum, the candied citrus and pears from the wine balancing the depth of the rum seamlessly. Add this to vanilla syrup, pineapple juice, and a lime wedge, and be delighted by the results!
This red wine and whisky concoction may seem like a one-way ticket to drunken oblivion, but hear us out. This drink is fiery but manages to be fruity enough to make it a perfect drink to enjoy on a summery day. Surprised? Create this combination with the Jim Bean white label, a smooth, subtly spiced bourbon and mix in the 2013 Aldridge Estate Shiraz Merlot, an easy to drink, fruity wine fortified with rich plum and raspberry notes. Add that little extra bit of punch with lemon, and you’ve got a drink that is both potent and refreshing.
This one is as fancy as it sounds. The sparkling cocktail boasts a host of ingredients: Maraschino cherries, Angostura bitters and cherry brandy topped with Cava Dama de Naveran. The champagne is creamy, lively and pleasant, with a persistent and complex aftertaste. You’ll have a fizzy, light drink perfect to enjoy on a warm day outdoors!
Melding the sweet with a touch of spicy aftertaste from the ginger, this recipe hits the nail when it comes down to giving you a wide range of flavours in just one taste. The Vinha das Servas White is a perfect pairing to the Pisco Sour, a cocktail from South America that combines base liquor to sour citrus juice and sweet components. Trust us on this one; you’re going to want more than one glass.
Preparation: Bring sugar and water to a boil for a few minutes, then add the ginger. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the ginger infuse in the syrup for 20 minutes. Strain the simple syrup through a sieve and into a bottle to save!
This drink is superb to enjoy with your Christmas dessert, what with the blend of fresh blackberries, orange slices and lime slices combined with the vibrant and fresh tastes in the blackberry vodka. Add the Canepa Classico Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 to the mix and you’ve got a brilliant mix of fruity goodness that is to die for.
This classic mix is engendered when you mix Berneroy Fine Calvados- a cider spirit with cinnamon syrup and lemon juice, and Belezos Bodegas Zugober Rioja Crianza. The palate of the wine displays rich plum, dark cherry fruit, and warm spices, exceptionally fresh to the senses. Perfect to drink to up the mood during a lazy day!
Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for at least 6 hours. Strain, and store in the refrigerator.
So there! If you’ve always been interested to deviate from the usual wine or cocktail menus, here are easy to make recipes to enjoy a totally new drinking experience this Christmas! And for those who never thought about mixing things up, hopefully, you’ve begun to think about experimenting now. Check out these recipes and let us know what you think! If you’re looking to purchase the wines we’ve featured, visit our website here. Merry Christmas!