Looking at your wine rack craving something other than a simple glass of wine? Why not try your hand at some mixology by whipping up these delicious and easy wine cocktails in your very own kitchen. From spring to autumn, for a virtual happy hour or entertaining between family and friends at home – this collection of simple and easy recipes will inspire you to shake up the way you enjoy your bottles of wine.
We have chosen some of our favourite Portuguese and South African wines to make these yummy drinks with. But now it is your turn – have fun and feel free to use whatever wines you can get your hands on and tweak the recipes to make them perfect for you. Get ready… set… go!
Spice-up-your-life Red Wine Sangria
A sangria that will warm up your soul and your taste buds. It’s also the perfect excuse to close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in a tapas bar in Spain.
- 1 bottle of António Maçanita Sexy red wine
- ⅓ cup of brandy
- 1 cup of red grapes
- 1 orange – sliced
- 2 lemons – sliced
- 2 apples – cut into wedges
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 cup of orange juice
- Combine all the ingredients, except for the orange juice and red wine, in a large jug.
- Allow this to stand for 1 hour.
- Add in the orange juice and red wine and stir everything together.
- Serve in ice-filled glasses.
Rosé Red Fruit Sparkler
This sparkling rosé cocktail is super fresh and will have the bubbles dancing around your tongue with every sip.
- 1 bottle of Villiera Tradition Rosé Brut NV sparkling wine
- 150g raspberries
- 150g strawberries
- 80g sugar
- 120ml water
- Rosemary sprigs
- Additional strawberries and raspberries for garnish
- The night before, heat the strawberries and raspberries in a pan over low heat with the water and sugar. Continue stirring as the mixture reduces for 15 minutes. Add some more water if you see it reducing too quickly.
- Take the mixture off the heat and crush the strawberries and raspberries through a sieve and collect the juice.
- Leave the juice to cool and then pour it into an ice tray. Place the ice tray in the freezer overnight or until the ice cubes are completely frozen.
- Place the red fruit ice cubes into Champagne flutes and pour the chilled rosé sparkling wine on top.
- Garnish with some extra raspberries and strawberries and a sprig of rosemary.
Pink Port Tonic
Port tonic is basically the Aperol Spritz of Porto and originally came to its fame using dry white port and tonic water. This playful version of the classic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and there are many other ways you can experiment with rosé port. Grab your ingredients and be sure to add this to your list of easy wine cocktails to whip up for friends.
- 70ml Croft Pink (rosé port)
- 200ml tonic water
- Lemon peel
- 2 mint leaves
- Pour the tonic water and port wine into a long drinking glass over ice.
- Add lemon peel and garnish with the mint leaves and some lemon zest.
Crisp White Wine Apple Spritz
An apple a day? Pay homage to the humble fruit with this wine cocktail using your favourite crisp white wine
- 1 bottle of Marras Swartland Los Tros Chenin Blanc white wine
- 1 bottle of club soda (carbonated water)
- 180ml apple juice
- 20ml lime juice
- 1 apple – sliced
- Mix the wine, apple juice and lime juice together.
- Pour into ice-filled glasses – about ⅔ full.
- Top up the glasses with club soda.
- Garnish with a slice of apple.