Spoiler Alert: Eggnog will not be anywhere on this list. You’re welcome.
When we think of holiday cocktails, we don’t usually go straight to thinking of wine. We think of eggnog, hot toddies, Bailey’s hot cocoa and mulled wine. Mulled wine is a holiday favorite of course, but there’s so many other ways you can incorporate wine this holiday season. So let’s get into some awesome and easy wine cocktail recipes you need to impress your holiday guests with!
1. Mulled Wine
Alright, we’re starting with the classics. Mulled wine is the perfect holiday drink for wine lovers and it’s super easy to make. It also fills your home with a Christmas-y aroma that puts you right in the holiday spirit.
To be honest, I normally stay away from mulled wine because if done wrong it can be overspiced and taste like a holiday candle. But I found this recipe from Cookie+Katie that shows you how to avoid that. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to make!
The wines I recommend for this recipe are:
- This 91 Point 2018 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel (confused about what the 91 Point rating means? Read all about it in my previous article here!)
- This 2019 Duckhorn Decoy Merlot
Remember, for this recipe you want to pick a red wine that is high in alcohol content, on the drier side and of a fuller body to carry the wine taste after cooking.
2. The Grinch Mimosa
I found this recipe on TikTok and it’s genius! And the best part is, it’s super simple! It just consists of orange juice, sparkling wine and blue curaçao! You know I’ll be serving these while my family and I open Christmas presents.
The sparkling wines I recommend for this recipe are:
- Ruffino Prosecco Extra Dry (my typical go-to affordable option!)
- Veuve Clicquot Brut (for those of us who want a higher-end sparkling wine)
3. Cranberry Christmas Sangria
This is the most festive sangria there is. This super easy recipe by diethood.com showcases a beautiful holiday drink garnished with rosemary sprigs for an extra wintery touch. I love how this recipe also gives you alternate ingredients that you can swap so that your sangria is perfected to your taste.
For this recipe, you’ll want a red wine that is dry and medium-bodied. The red wines I recommend are:
These are both under $20. Personally, I wouldn’t pay more than $20 for a bottle of wine when making any type of sangria because your wine is going to be sweetened and altered with a ton of other ingredients.
4. Holiday Spritzer
White wine lovers rejoice! Here’s a super easy and refreshing cocktail for you. I found this recipe from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts that includes just 4 ingredients!
The white wines I recommend for this spritzer are:
- This 2021 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
- This 2020 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (read my review of this Pinot Grigio here!)
5. New York Sour
This recipe requires a bit of bartending skills, but will definitely impress your guests. It’s a festive twist on the classic Whiskey Sour, where you get to shake and strain the base and then use the back of a spoon to carefully pour the red wine in. You get bonus points if you incorporate those huge cylindrical whiskey ice cubes!
The recipe calls for a dry red wine, but doesn’t specify what kind. The red wines I recommend are:
6. Apple Cider Sangria
You didn’t think I would only include one white wine recipe did you? This is a recipe I’ve perfected and make every Thanksgiving and Christmas (find my recipe here!). I love how crisp and light this sangria is. This is also a great option for non-wine lovers because it’s one of those dangerous cocktails where the alcohol taste is well-hidden.
The white wines I recommend for this recipe are:
- This 2020 Invivo X SJP Sauvignon Blanc (see my review here!)
- This 2019 L’escarpe Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Let me know in the comments which recipe you want to try this holiday season! Cheers! 🥂