Wine is never boring but sometimes we crave change. Switch things up with a wine-based cocktail resplendent with all the flavors of the autumn season. They make for fun and easy drinking at parties and many of these cocktails can be pre-batched if you’re looking to make entertaining a bit more simple.
While we may tend to reach for a bottle of spirits when it comes to crafting cocktails, wine is just as fantastic as a base and should definitely not be overlooked! Get more wine in your life with these delicious wine-based cocktails. Nice on a chilly evening in or great for concocting when you have friends over, there’s almost no limit to what you can come up with!
There’s nothing like a cup of hot mulled wine to get you in the autumn spirit. Warming and fragrant with a hearty dose of spices, it’s perfect for enjoying by the fire or for keeping the cold at bay when there’s no fire to be had. You’ll want to use an inexpensive red wine as a base; because you’ll be adding spices, sugar, and other ingredients to flavor the wine, the nuances of a more expensive bottle would be lost. Keep it cheap and cheerful, fruity and bright for best results.
The Bellini’s fancier cousin is a festive favorite this time of year. Instead of peach, the Kir Royale marries Champagne (or sparkling wine) with crème de cassis, a French blackcurrant liqueur which is especially good once the temperatures begin to cool and berry desserts adorn our tables. Crème de cassis can be a little hard to come by, so many folks substitute it for Chambord instead. Equally delightful, Chambord is another beautiful French liqueur made from black raspberries.
An old classic which has fallen out of favor over the last several decades, the Porto Flip is so good this time of year. Ruby Port comes together with brandy and an egg yolk for a rich, creamy, yet utterly tasty drink. Finish it off with some freshly grated nutmeg, take a sip, and see why the Porto Flip is such a class act cocktail.
Wine Old Fashioned
Speaking of classic cocktails, most hardcore cocktail connoisseurs love a good Old Fashioned. Why not add a twist and add a dash of wine to your Old Fashioned for something a little more modern? Red wine works best and you’ll want to keep it to a ½ ounce to an ounce (depending on your own personal preference). Opt for something with mouthwatering acidity and vibrant fruitiness and you won’t go wrong.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
This delectable drink made the rounds on social media last year and we can see why – it’s ultra good, perfectly boozy, and easy to make. It’s as simple as heating up a batch of hot chocolate and pouring red wine into your mug. You can even take it to the next level by adding in warming spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, or a hint of vanilla. You might find it difficult to have just one but if you do, just use your zzysh® to gas and preserve your remaining wine.
There are plenty more autumn-friendly wine-based cocktails to serve up across the season. You can play around with seasonal fruits and flavors (think berries, spices, apple, and pear) to come up with your very own recipes. With so many options, you’ll never want autumn to end.