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5 Wine Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favourite Niagara vintage wines. There’s a wide variety of delicious and trendy wine recipes waiting for you that are perfect for a winter evening. From sangria with a hint of cinnamon, to vanilla-inspired mimosas, you can experience the decadence of wine from the Niagara region all year long.

1. Warm Winter Wine

Serves 4 Warm up on a cold, snowy winter evening with this delicious and aromatic mulled wine recipe. Infuse your favourite Niagara-on-the-Lake red wine with the blend of cinnamon and sweet citrus flavours. You will need:
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Niagara vintage red wine
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 large orange rind
  • 1 sliced lemon
First, combine the caster sugar and red wine in a sauce pan and stir over low heat. Then, add the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and orange rind into the sauce pan and increase the temperature to medium-low. Allow the ingredients to simmer for about 10 minutes, and then strain the mulled wine. Serve the mulled wine with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

2. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Serves 8 This light and bubbly sangria recipe is meant to be shared among family and friends. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for those who enjoy white, rosé, or sparkling wine. Infused with sweet apple cider and a touch of tartness from pomegranate seeds, this recipe is a must-have for your next winter social event. You will need:
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of chilled white, rosé, or sparkling wine
  • ½ cup cognac
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored, and thinly matchstick sliced)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
You can begin by adding the apples to a large pitcher, while setting aside roughly ½ of a cup for your garnish. Then, add and stir in the cognac, apple cider, and chilled wine. Once the ingredients are mixed evenly, fill the rest of your pitcher with ice and stir. Pour the sangria into glasses and garnish with pomegranate seeds and sliced apple, and serve!

3. Pom-Berry Cinnamon Sangria

Serves 6 Curl up by the fire with a good book and enjoy this rich, yet sweet, red wine sangria. The swirling combination of cinnamon, pomegranate and blackberry, mixed with your favourite Niagara vintage red wine, will have you reaching for more. You will need:
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cup apple brandy
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Niagara vintage red wine
You can get started by combining the fruit, honey, and cinnamon stick into a large pitcher. Pour the apple brandy and red wine into the pitcher and stir. For the best results, a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon is recommended. Cover the sangria, and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour, or overnight for the best results. Serve with ice and club soda!

4. Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa

Serves 1 Vanilla. Cranberry. Mimosa. The name alone speaks for itself. This vanilla-infused sangria is perfect for wintery brunches and holiday parties alike! It only requires a few ingredients for a quick and easy preparation. Grab a bottle of your favourite sparkling wine from your latest Niagara Vintage Wine Tour and let’s get started! You will need:
  • Niagara vintage sparkling wine
  • 1 ½ oz. vanilla flavoured vodka
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Whole vanilla beans (one per drink)
  • 1 ½ oz. cranberry juice
For a single serving, combine the vanilla vodka, cranberry juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a champagne flute and fill the glass with your favourite Niagara sparkling wine. Garnish with a cranberry and vanilla bean and enjoy!

5. Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria

Serves 6-8 This winter sangria recipe is not only delicious, but beautiful too! Your guests can enjoy the flavours of your favourite white wine and fresh cranberries, while admiring the colourful centrepiece at the table or bar. You will need:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup rum
  • 2 cups diced apple (red and green)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled, unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay
  • 1 cup chilled white cranberry juice
  • 2 cups chilled club soda
  • Lemon twist
This recipe is as easy as it gets. In a large pitcher, combine all your ingredients. Stir generously, cover, and allow the sangria to chill overnight in the fridge. Serve with ice, and top it off with sliced apples, lemon twist and cranberries for garnish.

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These quick, easy, and delicious winter wine recipes are the perfect addition to any cold, snowy evening! Explore Niagara wines to discover which you and your loved ones like best, during a Niagara Vintage Wine Tour. You can explore the unique and vibrant history of local Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries, and experience the flavours and aromas of new wines. You can contact Niagara Vintage Wine Tours at 1-866-628-5428 to learn more, and even book a tour today. Experience the best wines in the Niagara Region with the #1 rated Niagara wine tour company as reviewed on TripAdvisor.

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