I have seriously been loving my new 18-Bottle Capacity Dual Zone Tower Wine Cellar from Haier. If my last post, 5 Reasons You Should Own A Wine Cellar, did convince you that you need one, here are a few more reasons to keep it around.
Having a wine cellar around can get your creative juices flowing as freely as the wine. As much as I hate to admit it, summer is on its way to an end and we need to be preparing for fall. We need that inspiration. Here are 3 easy to make fall wine cocktails.
Fall is the season of coziness, giving thanks, togetherness, falling leaves, and, of course, great fall wine cocktails. Use these recipes when entertaining your friends and family at the adult table on Thanksgiving. You can even use them into the Holiday season!
Spiced Red Wine
- 1 bottle of red wine (such as a merlot or cabernet)
- 8 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 orange peel
- 1 grapefruit peel
- 10 cloves
- 6 cinnamon sticks
How to make:
- To begin, mix together the wine and the brown sugar on the stove at a medium to low temperature. Stir periodically until dissolved.
- Pour in the fruit peels, cloves, and two of the cinnamon sticks. Heat the wine for 20 minutes, but don’t bring it to a boil.
- After 20 minutes, filter the wine through a fine sieve and let it cool. Use the rest of the cinnamon sticks as a garnish.
Spiced Brandy Wine and Apricot-Cayenne Fizz
- 1 bottle of a light-bodied red wine (think Beaujolais)
- 3 ounces of Brandy
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 6 whole cloves
- 4 strips of lemon zest (approximately 3 inches each)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
How to make:
- Combine the wine, brandy, cloves, sugar, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest, and star anise in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer on a high heat.
- Turn off the heat, and let it seep for approximately 10 minutes. After your 10 minutes is up, filter through a fine sieve. Serve in mugs with lemon zest as a garnish.
Autumn Side Car
What you’ll need:
- 1.5 ounces of chardonnay
- .5 ounces of brandy
- Agave Nectar
- 2 Orange Slices
- 2 Basil Leaves
- Orange Liqueur
How to make:
Hash the orange slices, agave nectar, and basil leaves at the bottom of a shaker. Next, throw in some ice, then pour in the Chardonnay and the brandy. Shake it up well, then double strain into a cold Martini glass. Add a bit of orange liqueur and add an extra orange slice for some garnish.
Voila! Now you’re ready to brave the cold with a warm tummy.
You can use the bottles of wine in the recipes and put them in your wine cellar for that chilled and delicious taste.
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