25 Wine Cocktails for National Wine Day
Raspberry Rosé Bellini
This simple and elegant spring cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a special brunch spread, such as our Ultimate Eggs Benedict. Though the recipe was developed with Mother’s Day in mind, the rosé simple syrup used to create this cocktail offers a multitude of delicious possibilities any day of the week.
Cranberry Sangría Punch
This wintry, ruby-red spin on sangría is a staff favorite but comes with a warning: It goes down easy. Make it a day ahead, and add the Champagne right before serving.
Mulled Pomegranate and Red Wine Punch
If you're throwing a big holiday party and your stove is full, use a slow cooker to simmer up this tangy mulled wine. Set up the slow-cooker in the kitchen or on a dining table, and let guests serve themselves.
Rejuvenating Rosé Spritzer
Stress runs high during the holidays, which could compromise digestion. Kombucha is packed with gut-friendly probiotics to help maintain healthy gut flora, in addition to compounds that fight harmful free radicals. Light and bright, rosé is a great match for effervescent grapefruit, both of which contain rich amounts of flavonoids—powerful plant antioxidants shown to help reduce blood pressure, fight inflammation, and improve vascular function.
Perfect for any spring or summer gathering, this bubbly, refreshing rosé sangria is as easy to make as it is to sip. The fruity base of berry puree and vodka could easily be prepped ahead of time and chilled so that all that’s left to do is pour in your sparkling water and rosé right before serving.
Pear and Pomegranate Bellini
For an elegant and fruity cocktail ready in just 5 minutes, try this easy bellini made with brandy, pomegranate juice and prosecco.
Sparkling Citrus Cocktail
Serve a company-worthy holiday cocktail made with fruit juices, sparkling wine, and sugar.
Blackberry Cardamom Mulled Wine
A departure from traditional mulled wines that sugar and spice up a wine like a gingerbread cookie, this more delicate, floral mulled wine plays up the essence of a jammy Malbec or Zinfandel with blackberry and vanilla bean and adds hints of cardamom and cinnamon for a twist.
Cherry-Basil Lemonade Spritzers
Instead of the fluorescent cocktail-cherry garnish, fresh cherries take center stage in this refreshing lemon-and-vodka sipper. Macerating the cherries in sugar helps to soften their thick skins and release their juices, which become gorgeously syrupy in the pan.
Ruby Port Sparklers
Time: 5 minutes. Sparkling wine makes this a refreshing drink to go with rich, sweet desserts.
This effervescent, nonalcoholic mocktail refresher offers the perfect balance of floral, tangy, and sweet flavors. If you’d like to turn it into a tipple, try adding a splash of gin or vodka. While we call for dried lavender, if you have access to fresh, steep a few sprigs of it in place of the dried herb—and garnish each drink with a fresh sprig, too, for a lovely, fragrant touch. You can make the syrup and cucumber-lime mixture up to a day ahead; stir in club soda just before serving.
This drink is a twist on the classic Bellini, a post–World War II cocktail of white peach puree and Champagne, first mixed at Harry's Bar in Venice. Freezing the watermelon before pureeing lends the drink a slightly slushy consistency. If you prefer a smoother texture, simply chill the watermelon. Serve in Champagne flutes.
Sparkling Peach Sangria
We love this sangria with a peachy twist. This summer drink will satisfy on even the hottest of days.
Warm Spiced (and Spiked) Cabernet
"If my cousin is in charge, then our warm wine punch goes especially boozy. Either way, it's got to have the oranges with the little cloves."
It's fine to make this punch ahead; just hold off on adding the apple cider--which adds bright and effervescent notes--until right before serving.
Sparkling Rosé Sangria
We like the combination of nectarines, strawberries, and blueberries, but you can mix any summer fruit you like. Start with all ingredients chilled, or stop after step 1 and chill before adding the sparkling rosé.
Sherry-Cava Citrus Fizz
"I wanted the Spanish flavors of Catalonian cava and Jerez sherry to mingle in a holiday punch. The syrup, called an oleo saccharum, pulls essential oils from the orange peel and perfumes the cocktail."
Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail
Fresh Orange, Rosemary, and Sage Sparkling Wine Cocktail is a favorite holiday drink to get your party buzzing.
The original version of this cocktail hails from Harry's Bar in Venice. Our rendition substitutes strawberries for the traditional peaches. You can prepare the strawberry base up to one day ahead. Make sure to give it another spin in the blender just before mixing the cocktails.
This is a wonderfully festive beverage to open a dinner party: Sweet-tart pomegranate juice is balanced by bitters and spiked with vodka and fizzy rosé. Find pomegranate arils in the refrigerated area of the supermarket produce section; they’ll save you at least 10 minutes because you won’t need to pull the arils from a whole pomegranate.
Rosy Apple Sparkler
This Rosy Apple Sparkler is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Apple flavors pair with rosé to create a perfectly refreshing and satisfying cocktail.
Sweet and tart meet vodka in this refreshing holiday cocktail.