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Top 4 Wine-Based Holiday Drink Recipes

It’s time for holiday parties and time spent with family. What would a cozy night by the fire in late December be without your favourite wine-based holiday drink? We’ve gathered our top four holiday drinks that can be easily crafted in under 10 minutes, all with help from your favourite Niagara wine! Let’s take a closer look!

Holiday Recipes!

1. Classic Mulled Wine

Serves 10This classic warm, holiday drink can really hit the spot on a cold, snowy night. You can make mulled wine with both white and red varietals. For this recipe, we’re going to use a red.You’re going to need:
  • 2 bottles Chianti
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 star anise
  • 10 squares of dark chocolate
First, slice all of the fruit and finely grate the nutmeg. Next, add all ingredients except for the chocolate into a pot and heat on low for about 10-15 minutes. Once warmed, remove from the heat and allow to simmer for about 10 more minutes for enhanced flavour. Ladle into glasses, garnish with chocolate, and enjoy!Click here for the original recipe!

2. Champagne Pomegranate Punch

Serves 6-8Mmmm, the flavours in this fizzy champagne pomegranate punch are surely going to have you reaching for another glass! It’s recommended to use champagne for this drink, but other sparkling wines will work just as fine. If you’d like to try something different, give a bottle of Prosecco a whirl. Whatever you have lying around during the Holidays!You’re going to need:
  • 1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • ¼ cup orange-flavoured liquor, like Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne
Add all ingredients into a large pitcher. Save the Champagne for last and pour slowly over ice. Enjoy!Click here for the original recipe!

3. Cranberry-Vanilla Cocktail

Serves 4This Cranberry-Vanilla Cocktail not only tastes great, it’ll make your home smell like the holidays in the process! Enjoy a burst of delicious flavours with each and every sip of this seasonal drinkYou’re going to need:
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups dry red wine, like Pinot Noir
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 2 tsp pink peppercorns, crushed,
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • ½ cup lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups seltzer

Directions

Get started by preheating your oven to 350°F. Add your cranberries into a large skillet and set to the side. Add the syrup, wine, brown sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, lemon zest, peppercorns and salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally.Once at a boil, remove and pour over the cranberries. Tightly cover the skillet with tin foil, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cranberries are soft, but haven’t burst. Use a slotted spoon to remove and transfer the cranberries to a bowl. Cover with one cup of cooking liquid and allow the cranberries to completely cool.In a small saucepan, add ½ of cooking liquid and granulated sugar to a boil. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and then reduce the heat to low, allowing it to summer for about six minutes, or until the liquid has significantly reduced. Pour the liquid into a bowl through a sieve and leave to cool.Blend the cranberries and liquid in a blender until they create a puree, leaving about 40 cranberries to the side. Place about 10 cranberries on each decorative skewer for décor, pour ¼ cup of puree and ¼ cup of syrup into four glasses and stir. Garnish with the cranberry skewers, add ice, top with seltzer, and enjoy!Click here for the original recipe!

4. Snowy Sangria

Serves 10What would the holidays be without a delicious pitcher of sangria to share between family and friends?You’re going to need:
  • 1 granny smith apple and 1 red delicious apple
  • 1½ cups cranberries
  • 1 large sprig rosemary
  • a bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • ½ cup white grape juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 can of club soda
Wash all produce and chop the apples. Add all ingredients, excluding the club soda, into a large pitcher, cover, and let sit for a minimum of two hours, or for best results, overnight. Pour into a glass and top with the club soda. Enjoy!Click here for the original recipe! For more delicious wine-based recipes, like the ones in this article, take a look at our blog section! For more information about our Niagara wine tours or to book a tour, contact us today. We’re proud to be the #1 rated Niagara wine tour company as reviewed by TripAdvisor.

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