10 Comforting Wine Cocktails to Get You Through the Holidays

10 Comforting Wine Cocktails to Get You Through the Holidays

Pop those corks and start sipping soul-warming, comforting wine cocktails. Whether you’re enjoying time alone, entertaining friends or celebrating family time, these tasty creations are sure to please. So banish any yuletide stress starting now—you have plenty of time to try them all. Read on for deliciously cozy libations to get you in the holiday mood AND get you through the holidays!

 

The Turkey's Gobble Cocktail

A cozy, comforting cocktail perfect for sweater weather. Bonus—it will make your whole house smell fantastic.

The Turkey’s Gobble
Servings: 4

TRY IT WITH: Sweater Weather Wines Trio

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of red wine
1/4 cup brandy
Honey or your favorite sweetener, to taste
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 oranges, sliced into rounds
Additional star anise & cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a pot over the lowest heat setting, warm the wine, brandy, honey, spices and 1 sliced orange.

2. Continue to warm the wine on the lowest heat setting for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

3. Strain and serve warm with fresh orange rounds.

Optional: Garnish with additional star anise and cinnamon sticks.

 

Riesling Hot Toddy

Honey, lemon and cardamom blend with aromatic Riesling for smooth, hot and soothing sipping.

Riesling Hot Toddy

PAIRS WITH: Credia 2018 Riesling

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of SeriousEats.com.

 

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

Nothing says the holidays quite like this tart and sweet cocktail studded with fresh cranberries.

Spiced Cranberry Sangria
Servings: 6

TRY IT WITH: Family Ranch 2018 Orange Muscat

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of sweet white wine, such as Muscat or Riesling
1 orange
16 McCormick Gourmet™ Cloves, Whole
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
2 McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Cinnamon Sticks, Saigon
1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the orange into 8 wedges. Press 2 cloves into each wedge. Set aside.

2. Mix wine, cranberry juice, cranberries, liqueur, cinnamon sticks and vanilla in a large pitcher until well blended. Add orange wedges.

3. Refrigerate 3 hours or until ready to serve. Serve in ice-filled glasses, if desired.

*Recipe and Photo Courtesy of McCormick & Company, Inc.

 

Smoking Bishop from “A Christmas Carol”

A merry tradition from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this is so worth the time once you taste a steaming cup!

Smoking Bishop

PAIRS WITH: Glory Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of GlobalTableAdventure.com.

 

Spiced Pear Mulled Wine

White wine, sweet pears and cinnamon sugar update classic mulled wine.

Spiced Pear Mulled Wine
Servings: 4

TRY IT WITH: Let’s Turkey Trot Trio

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of dry, fruity white wine
2-4 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener, to taste
5 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 slices of ginger

1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
Ground cinnamon, sugar, additional star anise & cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a pot over the lowest heat setting, warm the wine, honey, spices and 1 pear (thinly sliced).

2. Continue to warm the wine on the lowest heat setting for about 30 minutes, covered. Strain and serve warm.

Optional: Moisten rims of glasses in water and dip into cinnamon sugar mixture lightly to coat. Garnish with fresh slices of remaining pear, star anise and cinnamon sticks.

 

Mulled White Wine

A new twist on an old tradition featuring white wine and flavors that dance with citrus and spice

Mulled White Wine

PAIRS WITH: Joy Cellars 2018 Chenin Blanc

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of GimmeSomeOven.com.

 

Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate

There’s no better use for your slow cooker than whipping up this “adult” take on hot chocolate. Trust us. 

Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Servings: 14

TRY IT WITH: Panache Lane Bodacious

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of red wine
8 cups whole milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
12 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground
4 McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover.

2. Cook 60 to 70 minutes on HIGH or until chocolate is melted and the mixture is heated through, stirring every 15 minutes.

3. To serve, reduce heat to LOW. Serve from the slow cooker.

*Recipe and Photo Courtesy of McCormick & Company, Inc.

 

Dominican Spiced Cider

Just one nip will fill you with warmth and enchant your taste buds with its earthy spices.

Dominican Spiced Cider

PAIRS WITH: Ceres Goddess

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of food52.com.

 

Caramel Apple Sangria - WineShop At Home

Caramel ✓, apples ✓, sangria ✓. This cocktail is autumn in a glass and will have them coming back for more.

Caramel Apple Sangria 
Servings: 10

TRY IT WITH: Credia 2018 Gewürztraminer

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of dry, fruity white wine
1 cup caramel-flavored vodka or 1/2 cup caramel sauce
6 cups apple cider
2 medium apples, cored and chopped

DIRECTIONS:

1. Add wine, vodka/caramel sauce and apple cider to a large pitcher and stir well. Add chopped apples and chill for a minimum of 1 hour. Serve cold or over ice.

 

Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine

Festive and delicious, with a sweet kick of molasses, lively red wine, bright berries and citrus

Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine

PAIRS WITH: Joy Cellars 2018 Jubilant

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of vegetarianventures.com.

 

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