This holiday season, indulge in a red wine cocktail that will warm you up on those long, cold nights. With vanilla, cinnamon, and cognac flavors, the Holiday Spiced Red Wine Cocktail will pair nicely with any of your goodies and desserts. Its warmth and depth, in addition to its bright, cheery presentation, makes this beverage the perfect complement to the season.
The Holiday Spiced Red Wine Cocktail is easy to make, even those who might not indulge in cocktails often! When making drinks with wine, it can be tempting to purchase the cheapest bulk wine you can find. We recommend starting with a quality wine. You will find you won’t have to cover the taste, and selecting a red wine that compliments the flavors in the cocktail is always going to produce a better drink.
Natura wines are known for their full-bodied taste yet healthier nutritional makeup (fewer chemicals in the wine make for a more healthful choice when you drink organic and sustainable wine). Particularly great for this cocktail are Natura’s pinot noir and Cabernet sauvignon. You will find that the spice and cocoa flavors in the wine perfectly highlight the other ingredients.
To make this holiday-inspired cocktail, you will need:
- four ounces of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon.
- one ounce of your favorite cognac
- lemon wedge
- easy cinnamon/vanilla simple syrup. You can make the syrup by adding a half of a vanilla bean, two cinnamon sticks, and ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a pot. Bring this mixture to a boil to dissolve the sugar– as you would do with any simple syrup. Once it’s cool, add it to the cognac/wine mixture and serve on ice.
Enjoy this cocktail on a cozy winter’s evening with loved ones, or on an adventure with friends. It is a crowd-pleaser!