Wine has often been linked to romance and love. The tradition of drinking it with your significant other began thousands of years ago. In 17 AD, a Roman poet Odiv wrote, “It warms the blood, adds lustre to the eyes, and wine and love have ever been allies.” Certainly, wine evokes feelings of affection compared to other alcoholic beverages.
Though it’s enjoyable on its own, wine cocktails are a fun addition to your drinks menu. If you’re planning to entertain or romance yourself this valentine’s Day, you might want to take things a notch higher with these easy cocktail recipes.
New York Sour
This wine cocktail is perfect for those who like hard liquor but still want to keep the romantic ambience on Valentine’s day. It gets its name from the famous Whiskey sour since it’s a combination of whiskey and red wine.
Combine the whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice then shake well. Add ice to a whiskey glass and pour the mixture into the glass. Get a spoon, turn it on its back then pour red wine over it slowly so it floats at the top.
What’s more romantic than strawberries? This wine cocktail will leave your partner craving for more of it and you. Its flavourful taste and vibrant colour have made it the “It” drink over recent years and you’re guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your date when you serve them this drink.
Pour rose into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Blend the strawberries and sugar and let it sit for 10 minutes until the strawberries start releasing juice. Add the vodka and rose cubes then blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with strawberry slices.
As the name suggests, this wine cocktail is a classic that dates back to the 1930s. However, it is often confused with sangria due to its similar appearance. The Bishop cocktail is a mix of red wine and rum. The rum adds depth to the flavour of the wine making it a popular choice for drinkers of all tastes.
Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. strain into a chilled wine glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and serve.
Speaking of sangria, this wouldn’t be a wine cocktail list without the most popular of them all. You’ve probably had sangria at a girls’ night out or a romantic date night and wanted to recreate it at home. If you have, then you’re in the right place. Tip: some of the best fruits to use are oranges, apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries and pineapples.
Mix the wine, brandy, orange juice and sugar in a large jug. Stir in the orange, apples, blueberries, and strawberries slices. Refrigerate until it’s ready to serve. Serve in a wine glass and top with soda water.
Rose Berry Bliss
This wine cocktail is exactly what it sounds like. It’s delicious with vibrant red colour. It also pairs well with pasta dishes and seafood which are a staple for a romantic dinner date. Despite its elegant appearance, this cocktail is actually really easy to make.
1 bottle of rose wine
30ml of pink lemonade
1 litre of lemon soda
1 cup of blueberries
Pour the rose wine, pink lemonade and blueberries into a large jug. Refrigerate for one hour to allow the ingredients to mix. Pour the mixture into champagne glasses and top with lemon soda.
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