Ah, the holidays. Time to eat, drink, and (of course) be merry. And while I absolutely love to throw a party, hosting in general can be expensive, and don’t even get me started on providing drinks too! For ALL of the parties I throw, I provide the standard things like soda and water, then usually do something special like homemade lemonade or hot chocolate. Both are inexpensive and don’t require too much extra work, and guests love it. But other than hot chocolate, do you know what is perfect for holiday parties? Sangria and mulled wine!
White Wine Sangria
The things I love about both sangria and mulled wine is how cheap and easy they are to make. For sangria, the cheaper the wine the better honestly! When I went to the store over the weekend to shop for everything I needed for this post, I intended to get THE cheapest Moscato I could find. Unfortunately for me, everyone shopping last-minute for Christmas decided to get either the most expensive or the absolute cheapest wine, which meant I ended up with Yellowtail. Which works fine for me, but by all means – just get the cheapest wine you can find.
Here’s everything you’ll need for the sangria: (makes approx. 8 servings)
- 1 bottle of Moscato or Riesling
- 1 cups rum (I used Bacardi b/c that’s just what I had on hand, but any non-spiced rum will do)
- 2 apples, sliced (I used Honeycrisp, but anything is fine!)
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced (frozen is ok to use!)
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
Simply combine everything into a large air-tight container or pitcher and there you go! I prefer to refrigerate mine overnight to chill and really let everything meld together, but it can be served over ice right away if you prefer. If you decide to munch on the fruit, just take note that the fruit WILL absorb a lot of the alcohol in the sangria itself! Serve chilled or over ice.
One this I miss about living in Scotland was finding bottles of mulled wine in the store ready to go. All you had to do was warm it up! Back here in Louisiana, we traded bottles of mulled wine for pre-chopped cajun veggies, and honestly I think it’s a fair trade-off. I can still make my own mulled wine at home anyway!
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- 1 bottle of Shiraz, Malbec or Zinfandel (I used a Shiraz-Cab blend)
- 1 orange, cut into fourths
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole cloves
- 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
Simply combine everything in a sauce pan over low-medium heat and stir. Simmer (DO NOT BOIL!), for 10 minutes until sugar is melted and everything is nice and hot. I ended up adding an extra 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to mine (I really like cinnamon), so feel free to add some extra spices as you see fit. Serve in mugs with a stick of cinnamon and orange slice!
So what do you think? Have you had mulled wine before? Have you made your own sangria?
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