5 Best Red Wine Cocktails to Try In Winters

Best Red Wine Cocktails to Try In Winters

There is nothing like enjoying a glass of red wine during cozy winter parties. But as you reach for that trusty glass of wine, did you ever think of adding it to a delightful cocktail? To your surprise, a bottle of Merlot or Pinot Noir can take a regular cocktail to an altogether new level. It can add a unique flavor to the drink and a new element of fun to your party.  

Red wine cocktails are refreshing drinks. Whether mixed with spirits or fruits, there is just the perfect recipe for every wine lover. If you want to give a twist to your regular wine party, here are some incredible red wine cocktails to try. 

Grand Sangria

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Light, sweet, and immensely refreshing, Sangria is one of the most popular red wine cocktails. Although there are dozens of recipes for Sangria, we recommend making one that includes lots of fresh fruit and freshly squeezed citrus juice. For a smooth texture and flavor, fill the punch bowl with a luscious blend of dry wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon and cinnamon sticks for spice and warmth. 


  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 2 oz. cognac
  • 17 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 apple
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Method of preparation

  1. Add sugar, apple, orange, peach, and lemon to a large pitcher and mix for 30 seconds. 
  2. Add the cognac and orange juice to the mixture and combine again. 
  3. Add the red wine and stir thoroughly. 
  4. Serve in a red wine glass and garnish with cinnamon sticks and an orange wheel. 

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Glogg is a Scandinavian version of red mulled wine that tastes best when very hot. It is the perfect winter cocktail that features a typical exquisite flavor. It includes red wine reinforced with brandy and laced with fragrant spices. 


  • 1 bottle of dry wine
  • 250 ml. brandy
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 7 cloves
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g blanched almonds
  • 12 cubes of sugar

Method of preparation

  1. Pour red wine into a pan together with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Heat it slowly until the wine comes to a boil. 
  2. Lower the heat and add the rest of the ingredients, allowing them to infuse their flavor for about 15 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, take sugar cubes in a separate bowl and pour brandy on top of it, slowly heating the mixture. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the mulled wine. 
  5. Finally, transfer into punch glasses with almonds and raisins and serve immediately. 

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

There are several ways to notch up the regular hot chocolate drink. While brandy, marshmallows, cayenne peppers, and whipped cream are all popular options, there is one addition that can simply give you the most incredible cocktail: red wine. Red wine and chocolate are a killer combination. The drink is rich, chocolatey, and gloriously boozy, making it one of the trendiest winter cocktails.


  • 2/3 cup of dry wine (cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2/3 cup semisweet choco chips
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Method of preparation

  1. Combine all the ingredients, i.e. milk, wine, choco chips, and a half and half in a small saucepan over medium-flame heat. 
  2. Stir it continuously until all the choco chips have melted and the mixture is hot. 
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and add salt and vanilla extract. 
  4. Pour into mugs and serve hot. 

Clove and Pear Red Wine Sour

Are you looking for a unique take on the classic whiskey sour? Well, this fantastic red wine cocktail will serve the needful. It updates the whiskey sour recipe with a float of dry red wine that renders it an incredible taste and flavor. It is one of those cocktails that is relatively simple to prepare, is classy, and has a burst of flavors. So, it has all the hallmarks you need when mixing drinks and serving a crowd.  


  • 2 ounces bourbon or raw whiskey
  • ½ ounce red wine
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 egg white (optional)

Method of preparation

  1. Add the bourbon whiskey along with the simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and lots of ice in a shaker and shake it hard. 
  2. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice. 
  3. Slowly pour the red wine on the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on top. 

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Port Melon Cocktail

One of the best drinks to relish during the cozy winters, this red wine cocktail seldom fails to impress. The drink is infused with yellow melon’s sweet-smelling aroma and blends perfectly with Port’s sweet flavor. It delights the senses with its unique flavor profile and pairs excellently with Italian ham, cheese, or other finger food. 


  • 2.7 oz. Port Wine
  • 1 can of soda water
  • Small slices of yellow melon
  • Melon balls for garnish

Method of preparation

  1. To begin, reduce the melon pulp to a fine puree using a blender. 
  2. Pour it into a nice highball glass and add lots of ice. 
  3. Pour the soda and Port wine into the glass and stir thoroughly. 
  4. Garnish with melon blobs and serve immediately. 

These simple red wine cocktails are straightforward to execute. They can readily pull a party together, and at the same time, dazzle your guests with outstanding cocktail-making skills. 

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