Fall is the superstar of seasons- the change of colors, the feelings it evokes-it’s hard to compete with fall (sorry, spring!) part of what most people love about the season is the food and of course, wine! I have to say no other season brings about creativity like fall does. The spiced wines, wine cocktails, and spritzers abound. Here are a few of our favorites.
Before you get started you have to start with the right wine. It doesn’t need to be an expensive bottle (which honestly, should be enjoyed on its own!) but a good enough bottle of red such as a bottle of Pinot Noir, Malbec, or a dry Riesling. The wines need to be a bit intense, somewhat complex, and a bit spicy to hold up to the allspice, cinnamon spices or the rich, fall fruits that get added in. In some cases, you can even layer rum or brandy; even vodka can be used to plump up the flavor. In any case, choose a wine that can stand up to the many ingredients you’ll need to create the perfect fall concoction.
We’ve posted a great recipe for mulled wine, which if you’ve never had a mulled/spiced wine, you must try it (try it warm, it brings out the flavors beautifully). However, for those who are more partial to white wine, try this apple spritzer: using one bottle of Riesling, add 6 oz. of apple juice (or, if you have apple pie liqueur that will work as well), and ¾ oz. lime juice. Combine the ingredients and pour into wine glasses. Add a splash of club soda and serve!
Embrace the fall fruits and create a sparkling pomegranate cocktail with a bottle of sparkling wine, 8 oz pomegranate liqueur, 6 oz pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds .Mix the liqueur and juice together and Pour the mixture into champagne glasses. Top off with champagne and drop a few pomegranate seeds in for garnish. This makes a great cocktail for a Halloween party!
We just love a good sangria, but they’re usually reserved for warmer days. Not when you add delicious fall fruits! Add to a saucepan 6 dried figs, spiced, 6 dried apricots cut into slivers, ½ cup dried cranberries, and ½ cup raisins with 2 tablespoons honey and a ¼ cup of brandy. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add 1 bottle of Merlot, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Serve by straining the mixture into a pitcher. Pour into glasses, and add club soda.
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