6 Wine Cocktails to Spice Up Your Evening
We can all appreciate a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day. Next time you go to pour yourself a glass, consider taking it to the next level with a wine cocktail. A wine cocktail, by definition, is a mixed drink with wine as the main ingredient. They’re easy to make and there are endless possibilities. So whether you’re looking for something bitter or sweet, red or white, there is definitely a wine cocktail out there that is perfect for you. One perk of wine cocktails is that they can be made in bulk or by the glass, making them great for a solo evening at home or that party this weekend. Plus, they taste great with even the cheapest of wine (great for those of us on a budget). Read on for the different kinds of wine cocktail varieties, along with our 6 favorite wine cocktail recipes. So wine lover or not, wine-not give these wine cocktails a try!
Red Wine Cocktails: Kalimotxo
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. With just two ingredients, it’s a simple and classic way to spice up a glass of red. It may sound like a funny combo, but this cocktail has been around forever and is one of the most popular red wine cocktails out there.
- 1 part red wine
- 1 part Coca-Cola
Pour wine and coke into a pitcher or glass (depending on how much you’re making). Serve over ice with lemon wedges (optional) and enjoy!
Spritzers: Strawberry White Wine Spritzer
A fairly common drink, a spritzer is a simple type of wine cocktail that is made with three parts chilled wine and one part club soda. This spritzer takes a familiar recipe and makes it party-ready, thanks to its pretty appearance and fruity flavor. It’ll make you look like a wine cocktail connoisseur in front of all your friends, but in reality it’s super easy to make!
- 1 bottle of white Moscato
- 1 liter of Sprite
- 2 cups of diced strawberries
Combine wine and strawberries and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Pour in Sprite before serving, mix and enjoy!
Wine and Fruit Cocktails: Sangria
Sangria is a classic wine cocktail that can be prepared in many ways. Here is a traditional sangria that is sure to please you and your guests. If you’re looking for a refreshing pick-me-up for those warm summer afternoons, this is the drink for you.
- 1 orange
- 1 lime
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 cup of green grapes, halved
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- 4 cups of Sprite
Cut oranges, limes, and apple into thin slices. Cut grapes in halves, then add all fruit to a pitcher. Add the brandy and wine and then stir the mixture. Keep in refrigerator for one hour, then add Sprite. Pour over ice and serve.
White Wine Cocktails: Bicyclette
If you’re looking for something strong and bitter, a Campari and white wine cocktail (affectionately called a bicyclette cocktail) is the way to go. It’s pleasing to the eye with its gorgeous sunset shade, and is quick and easy to make by the glass. Enjoy this cocktail throughout the night with some appetizers.
- 2 oz. Campari
- 1-1.5 oz dry white wine
- Lemon peel
Put ice in a glass and add Campari and white wine. Feel free to add a lemon peel on top as garnish and stir. Cheers!
Rosé Cocktails: Rosé with Grapefruit and Gin
For a more unique wine cocktail, try a rosé and gin combination. This refreshing drink is a show stopper that will more than satisfy your wine craving.
- 1-2 lemon wedges
- 1-2 slices of grapefruit
- 6 oz. rosé wine
- 1.5 oz. gin
- .5 oz. simple syrup (optional)
Muddle lemon wedges and grapefruit in the bottom of the glass. Pour in the ice, rosé, gin and then stir the mixture together. Add the simple syrup for extra sweetness, if you need it. Strain into a wine glass, add in some lemon and grapefruit and serve.
Hot Wine Cocktails: Mulled Wine
We usually think of mulled wine as a holiday drink. But contrary to popular belief, it can actually be enjoyed year round! Try this variation of a mulled wine for an off-season version of one of our favorite holiday beverages.
- 1 bottle of white wine
- Juice of 1 orange
- 8 tablespoons of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 5-6 cloves
- 4-5 star anise
- 4 cinnamon sticks
Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat. Let the wine simmer over low heat for 20 minutes then remove from stove. Pour into cups and serve.
Wine cocktails are a great way to add some extra flavor to your usual glass of wine. The easy-to-make recipes make it simple to concoct a big batch for a group of people or one glass for a solo night in. Give these recipes a try and don’t be afraid to try some of your own, because there’s no one way of making a wine cocktail delicious. Cheers!