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Five Wine Cocktails to Warm You Up for the Holidays

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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While it may not be snowing outside, Christmas and the New Year are excellent times to snuggle up and enjoy a spicy cocktail of your favorite wine. It’s also a great idea to serve a gigantic punch bowl of a fruity cocktail at a Christmas Party to get the cheer going. Let’s take a look at a couple of easy-to- make and delicious cocktails for the Christmas Season:

 

Sangria

 

Undoubtedly one of the most popular wine cocktails because of its fruity notes, citrus additions and the clincher- its impossible to make a “bad” Sangria. While traditional Sangrias are made of red wine, white wine sangrias have gained popularity of late. A blend of lime, orange juice, brandy, cherries, triple sec and sliced oranges- sangria is the cocktail to get the party started and keep it going!

 

 The Spritzer

 

Extremely popular in Europe and generally popular everywhere else in the world, the white wine Spritzer is the perfect casual cocktail.  With only two ingredients- white wine and soda, it tops the cocktail list of any hostess. Ideal for those not looking to drink too heavily in the holiday season – the Spritzer is light, airy and brightens up the cold winter with a  warm hint of summer sunshine.

 

Wine Cooler

Nothing is more in these days than going retro- so in a tribute to the not-so-long-ago 80s , the Winer Cooler is staging a comeback! Simple to create and tasty to boot – all you need for this one is your choice of wine (red or white), a sweetened soda ( Sprite or 7 Up), grape juice, pineapple juice and lime juice all well blended in your punch bowl! For an added retro feel, see if you can locate and serve up this treat in retro glass soda bottles.

 

Peach and Honey White Wine Slushy

Not recommended for diabetics, this one is definitely for those with an incurable sweet tooth. Here’s what you’ll need – a blender, peaches, ice, honey, orange liqueur, peach liquer  and of course, you favorite Nine Hills White! It’s simple tumble together recipe! Just add all the ingredients to the blender and hit “Blend”! Pour over ice and serve with a straw!

 

 Mulled Wine

A holiday favorite from days of yore…nothing says Christmas like a tumbler of warm spiced wine. This one is going to take some cooking! You will need to add red wine, cinnamon, cloves, brandy, sugar and ginger to a cooking pot and heat it on a slow flame for 20 to 25 minutes.  Serve warm and remember to leave the spices behind when you ladle it into separate glasses. Garnish with a Cinnamon stick that doubles up as stirrer!

Cheers!

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Hurray!!! Holidays!!! What Plans?

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s that time of the year again, nip in the air (‘chill’ is the word for the North and North-East), fog in the mornings, cup of ‘chai’ tasting heavenly, schools about to shut for a couple of weeks, bosses willingly allowing you the leave of absence you have been accumulating over the year, picnic plans, get-togethers, savouring delectable food, fashionable winter clothing…. magic in the air!!! Surely you have plans to make the most of this season. And fret not if for some reason you are not going on a leisure travel this season……there’s so much to do at home

 

  • Bond. Spend time with your family. Do simple things in the house that don’t cost much, but are meaningful – make a bird-house for your child, take over the break-fast preparing chore from your Mom for a week (notice how happy that makes her!!!), spouses cooking together, siblings making hand-made cards for friends/family. Get in touch with friends…

 

  • Read that book you have been planning to for a long time. Classic lovers, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee never fails to steal your heart. There’s an Oscar winning movie on it too, with Gregory Peck (!!!) on the lead. But nothing beats reading the book – your choice though. Readers who thrive on non-fiction, how about laying your hands on Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson? It’s voluminous and will get you a complete insight on the man who changed the world!!

  • Watch some GOOD movies – bother the multiplexes showing commercial stuff!!  Get to the nearest  DVD store — Dev Anand’s ‘Guide’, Guru Dutt’s “Pyasa”, Dilip Kumar’s “Mughal-e-Azam”, Amitabh-Dharmendra’s “Sholay”, Amol Palekar’s “Golmaal”……., is worth watching many times over. Western movie lovers, how about “Se7en”, “Pursuit of Happiness”, “12 Angry Men”, “Breakfast at Tiffany”?

  • Garden. This is the right season to grow Petunias, Sweet Williams, Carnations, Roses, Sweet-peas, Calendulas, Chinese Umbrellas….And try your hand at growing your own herbs like Coriander, Basil and veggies like tomatoes, spring onions, brinjal, chillies. Urban farming is ‘in’ and whatmore!! There’s no bigger joy than seeing your sapling grow into plants to bear flowers and fruits!!!

 

  • Listen and groove to some great music amongst all this. The choice and genre can be so overwhelming, let’s not even get to taking names. Suffice to say that you MUST give “Kolaveri di’ a miss and get into some meaningful melodies, instrumentals….

 

Plans needn’t be big to have a GREAT time. Your special touch and thoughts are enough to make you and your loved ones happy this festive season.

Cheers!!! And spread the cheer!!!