If you think sangria is strictly a summer drink, think again. This refreshing beverage is a winner any time of year, even in the winter. Simply switch up a few ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and festive cocktail you’ll enjoy even when it’s cold outside.
Need some inspiration? Here are five winter sangrias to try this season.
1. White Winter Sangria
This appropriately named boozy beverage starts with white wine and hard cider, then gets a kick from plenty of festive and seasonal fruits such as apples, clementines and cranberries, making it a perfect option for both fall and winter.
If you’ve had enough apples this fall, switch up your fruits and go for wintry pear instead. This sangria is made with white wine, brandy, pear juice and spicy cinnamon sticks, making it the perfect wine drink on a cold day.
You could even take it to the next level and add marshmallows to the mix:
As previously noted, this drink is rich. This makes it the perfect beverage to split with friends and sip slowly. Cool fall weather has never sounded more appealing! You can get the full recipe from Yeah Immaeatthat, so you too can make a smooth, chocolatey wine all on your own.
Can’t get enough hot chocolate? Try this Red Velvet recipe – yum!
There are those rare occasions when you just can’t bring yourself to finish a bottle of wine, and after you learn this trick, you may find yourself leaving a little extra at the bottom of the bottle a little more often. You can freeze leftover wine to create little wine ice cubes, and this genius hack will come in handy more often than you think.
Make Cooking With Wine Easier
Have you ever left wine out of a recipe because you didn’t have any on hand or didn’t want to open an entire bottle just to use a little bit of it? I know I’m definitely guilty of this. Well, with these little wine ice cubes, you’ll never have to do that again.
Whether you’re looking to make a tasty drink, just want a mini-popsicle or you’re cooking an entrée that calls for wine, you’ve got just enough wine to do the trick without pulling out that wine opener.
As PureWow pointed out, creating these ice cubes is as simple as pouring leftover wine into an ice cube tray, covering with saran wrap and placing in the freezer.
Simple, huh? This is sure to better your life in ways you never knew you needed. To see what I mean, check out five ways you can start using wine ice cubes, well, as fast as you can freeze them.
1. Wine Slushy
Frozen wine ice cubes will help you create just the right consistency for a wine slushy. What a great way to cool down once it’s finally warmer out, don’t you think? Get the recipe.
2. Pork Loin With Wine And Herb Sauce
A dry white wine combines with heavy cream, chicken stock and herbs to create a flavorful sauce to drench a pork loin in. This is an even better use for wine than drinking it, if you ask me. Get the recipe.
3. Skillet Chicken With Bacon and White Wine Sauce
Ok, this has two of my favorite things in one dish. Bacon and wine. It seriously doesn’t get better than this dreamy concoction. Get the recipe.
4. Hanger Steak With Red Wine Sauce
Red meat drenched in a red wine sauce sounds like the perfect thing to soak your taste buds in tonight, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.
5. Cheesecake Bars With Wine Gelee
Nothing pairs as well as cheesecake and wine, so why not combine them into one dessert using your leftover wine? Sounds like a great idea to me! Get the recipe.
And now you’ve got the makings for an entire meal — the drink, the main dish and dessert. So, get those ice cube trays full of wine in the freezer, stat!