Wine Cocktails in the Winter

There is a lot to celebrate when it comes to winter. Family, friends, fun, the holidays and more are just some of the festive and spectacular things to look forward to as the year approaches December and the winter seasons began. With the coming of winter, also comes the holidays, and you know what that means. Lots of stress (as well as fun) over choosing what to buy, how to please the family, what to cook and more. Between all the festivities that are placed on you to take care of, the holidays can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Let me alleviate the stress for you a bit by introducing some festive, holiday wine cocktails that are sure to spice up your winter and keep your family seriously impressed. Wine offers so many great benefits that it is the perfect holiday drink to enjoy with family. It puts smiles on people´s faces, makes the stress melt away, offer delicious comfort, and a time to bond with family and enjoy all that the winter holidays has to bring! This article will be of immense help in helping you achieve the most perfect winter with these wine tips, wine cocktail recipes, and more!
Reasons to Drink Wine in the Winter

Before I delve into some delicious wine cocktail recipes that are absolutely perfect for the winter or even the holidays, I need to make a quick point and that is that wine is amazing for the holidays. There are lots of reasons why you should drink either red or white wine during the winter and make it a holiday essential. It poses numerous benefits for you during the cold, winter season and there is no reason that you shouldn´t aim to have wine cocktail recipes ready to go at your next winter get-together or simply for your own pleasure as you warm up in your house on a night in.
Reasons to Drink White Wine

White Wine Helps to Enhance the Flavor of Your WinterDinner
One reason you should gravitate to a nice, snazzy bottle of white wine this winter is for the fact that some white wines offer a brilliant acidic taste. This acidic taste is essential for enhancing and emphasizing your winter dinners. This due to the fact that during the colder season we tend to reach for food that are richer and fattier. The acidity of white wine can really help accentuate your rich, fat winter lunches and dinner thus creating an overall, quality dining experience that will keep you content and even your family members (who can drink of course) happy. Don´t be shy with your wine and pop open a nice bottle of acidic wine to balance your mouthwatering meal.
Winter Wines are Nostalgic
Wines consumed in the winter are perfect for those who, although may love the season, are starting to reminisce their beautiful, warm, sunny, summer vacations in which they sipped white wine at a fancy pool party or simply cracked open a bottle in the comfort of their own home. Whatever the case may be, white wine has strong power to take people back to the good old days because let´s face it, white wine has never really let anyone down. For many people, this type of wine has been a symbolism of so many amazing memories and experiences made throughout the year, and what better way to reminisce about those amazing days then during the winter and the holidays in which you spend time with the ones you love (or on your own) and create your own new memories to associate with this wine.
White Wine Allows You to Take Risks
I know that white wine may not be the most common drink for people to consume during the winter, but that doesn´t mean that this drink does not deserve to be consumed during the cold season. White wine may not be the normal drink associated with winter and the holidays, but you know what? It is about time you branch out and try something new. The holidays can get boring sometimes if the same, normal routine happens every year, but choosing to incorporate white wine as a popular go-to drink during the winter may be the best change that you have ever made. White wine offers you the ability to take risks and be daring. Do the uncommon, be different, and open your mind to new realms of possibility. Take in a new winter cocktail recipe with white wine, and change up your same old routine for something different. I guarantee you that you will reap positive benefits from incorporating white wine cocktails into your winter must-haves.
Reasons to Drink Red Wine in the Winter

Fight Your Colds
With the approaching winter, we can expect, of course, low, cold temperatures and withthese low, coldtemperatures we can expect, of course, the inevitable colds and flus that come with it. It happens to the best of us and being sick can be a real miserable experience to have when ti comes to enjoying the winter holidays, Luckily red wine can help with that, Red wine packs a punch with a lot of antioxidants that are extremely beneficial in warding off those nasty colds and flues by boosting and improving your immune system. Drinking red wine in moderation during the winter (regularly or in cocktail form) could be the perfect way for you to stay healthy during this sick prone season and truly enjoying yourself while you are as healthy as can be.
Its Flavors are Reminiscent of the Holidays
Of course like all wine, red wine comes in many different flavors. The beauty about this is that this wine also has flavors that are very much holiday friendly and perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. Mulled red wine, specifically, is enhanced with lovely winter reminiscent spices such as cinnamon and ginger, and it is often best when served warm, Warm and spicy are the ultimate flavors that are channeled when wanting to remind oneself of the upcoming winter holidays or festivities. Try out this wine as you cozy under snug blanket by the fire pit and warm up to happiness as the cold temperatures loom outside.
Red Wine is Perfect for Holiday Stress
Whether you are running holiday errands or spending your day off shoveling snow off the driveway, red wine can help take the edge off of stressful or hard labor. The best thing about red wine is that it offers a numerous amount of benefits, tastes amazing, and can come in a variety of cheap prices. You don´t need to travel far in the winter snow to pick up a good red wine at a great price. Simply stop by your own local grocery store and you will see that you have amazing options in wine to choose from that will allow you to unwind during the cold days.
Great Winter Wine Cocktail Recipes to Try!

For all recipes combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat ingredients, while stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes. When all ingredients have combined well, remove from heat and allow time for the flavors to mix well together in the wine. Ladle into glasses or mugs and enjoy!
Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate
Ingredients
• 1 bottle of fruity red wine
• 400 grams of Golden Caster sugar
• 200 grams of cocoa powder
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 5 star anise
• 8 cloves
• 500 grams 67% dark chocolate broken into pieces
• 2 clementines or satsumas
• 1 sprig of rosemary
White Mulled Wine
Ingredients
• 2 bottles of white wine
• 500 ml bottle of light cider
• 150 ml elderflower cordial
• Zest of two lemons
• 2 cinamon sticks
• 1 vanilla pod, split
• 4-5 tbsps caster sugar
Follow directions as stated above and enjoy!
Dominican Spiced
Ingredients
• 360 ml red wine
• 360 ml apple cider
• 120 ml amber rum
• 2 tablespoons honey
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground cloves
• 3 or more whole star anise
• 2 tablespoons dried fine chamomile herb and flower
• 2 tablespoons dried valerian root
Follow directions as stated above and enjoy!
Mulled Wine Sangria
Ingredients
• 1 bottle of red wine
• 450 ml cranberry juice
• 500 grams of fresh or frozen cranberries
• 60 ml orange flavored liqueur
• 85 grams packed light brown sugar
• 2 green apples
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 strip of an orange peel
Here are some recipes from esquire.com that offer amazing winter cocktails that you can try out!
Winter Margarita
Ingredients
• 1 ouncereposado tequila
• 1 ounce mezcal
• 1 ounce lime juice
• 0.75 ounce simple syrup
• 1 egg white
With this wine you get the summer flavors with strong, winter and smoky flavors coming from the tequila and mezcal. Shake all the ingredients without ice and then shake them all up again with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and serve up with a salted rim.
Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients
• 4 ounce sparkling wine
• 1 sugar cube
• Angostura bitters
For any of you who are throwing your own fancy holiday party that is very elegant, serve up this cocktail as if offers a nice Christmas or holiday season twist on the regular, elegant champagne. To start this off soak the sugar cubes in the angostura bitters and drop it into a champagne flute. Fill it up with a sparkling wine (such as a dry prosecco) and then garnish the drink off with a lemon twist.
Good Tidings
Ingredients
• 1.5 ounce vodka
• 1 ouncecointreau
• 1 ounce lemon juice
• 1 ounce cranberry juice
• 1 bar spoon of allspice dram
This specific drink offers a nice winter twist with its cranberry and allspice, but comes in a nice icy form for all of those who live in a warm, sunny area even during the winter season. You can enjoy the nice winter scents and tastes this drink has to offer while also cooling down on a warm, winter day! To get this drink started begin with shaking all the ingredients together with ice. Strain the drink into a collins glass over more ice and top with a soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel or some cloves.
Candy Cane Cocktail
Try this cocktail out from Martha Stewart´s website!
Ingredients
• 1 candy cane crushed (for garnish)
• 4 dashes of white crème de menthe
• Ice cubes
• 2 ounce strawberry vodka
• 2 ½ ounces of cranberry juice
Everyone knows that the infamous candy cane is symbolic of the winter season and holidays. These little candies bring us back to our childhood days of fun winter play and all the cheer that the winter has to offer. Get into spirit with adult twist on a fun childhood favorite! Place all the crushed candy on a plate or saucer. Wet the outside rim of a chilled martini glass with water and place the rim on the candy to get the glass rim coated in the candy. Combine the vodka, cranberry juice, crème de menthe, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a prepared glass and serve immediately. Get even more festive and set a mini candy cane on the rim of the glass.
Classic Eggnog
• 6 large egg yolks, 2 large egg whites
• 3 cups whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 2 ounces dark rum
• Unsweetened freshly whipped cream (for serving)
• ¾ cup sugar
• Large pinch of course salt
• 2 ounces bourbon
• 1 ounce cognac
• Freshly grated nutmeg (for serving)
In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and ½ cup of sugar until mixture is pale yellow and thick. Combine milk and salt to a bare simmer in a medium saucepan. Pour hot milk mixture with yolk mixture, while whisking constantly. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Stir until mixture is thick to draw a line from your finger. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into another bowl so that the solids are taken out. Discard the solids and let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Add cream, bourbon, rum, and cognac, then cover mixture to refrigerate overnight. Whisk the remaining 1/4cup of sugar and egg whites in a heatproof bowl and set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm. Remove heat and beat with a mixer for about 5 minutes until a stiff peak forms. Fold into eggnog. Pour into glasses or a punch bowl and add some whipped cream and nutmeg!
Conclusion

This article has hopefully got your brain flowing with all the various combinations of cocktails and wine you can drink to toast the holidays or keep you content on a nice winter day. There are so many ways to enjoy a nice glass of wine. The amount of flavors that wine can embody makes it so perfect for so many different fun and festive recipes to try out for the cold, winter season. You can get the distinct, spicy winter flavors with the flavors you love for wine together, and the best part is that they taste so good together that it makes it seem as if they were almost meant for each other.

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