Cocktails, Recipe, Wine

Become a cocktail queen with these 4 cosy autumn recipes.

So your beach-going and rooftop bar gallivanting has come to a halt. Iced lattes are being subbed for hot, long blacks and we’re ferociously screenshotting wholesome recipes to Donna Hay our way through this time cosying up at home. But despite what you may think, cocktails are by no means reserved for strictly summertime antics, sun-soaked deckchairs or dates on balmy nights. 

This autumn, don your fluffiest gown, perfect the messy updo, hit the tunes and shake up these warming cocktails for a little sip of luxury in the comfort of your home.  

Peach Ginger Spritzer 

Got some time on your hands? If you’ve just smashed a monster at-home workout, hustled your way through a day of #WFH or just feel like a tall glass of something deliciously alcoholic, this one’s for you.

What you’ll need:

(serves 1)

  • 125ml of The Dagger Pinot Gris (from our Fresh Whites Pack)
  • 1 peach, chopped with skin on
  • Splash of peach schnapps
  • Splash of ginger ale
  • Fresh thyme for garnish

Here’s how:

  1. Mix all liquid ingredients together.
  2. Stir in chopped peach.
  3. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Simple!

Mulled Wine Rosé 

Bring the winter night markets to you. There’s nothing better than a vat of hot, soul-hugging, steaming mulled wine. This sultry sip will have you in the mood to watch a classic romantic tale. We promise The Notebook or The Holiday will tug at your heart strings.  

What you’ll need:

(serves 3-4)

  • 2 bottles dry rosé (take your pick from our Pretty Pinks Pack)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 4-6 mandarin oranges, peeled and pulled into wedges
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • Star anise, for garnish

Here’s how:

  1. Place all the ingredients (except the star anise) in a large pot or slow cooker. 
  2. Simmer at least for half an hour. The longer the better.
  3. Ladle into some fancy copper glasses.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, another mandarin wedge and a star anise.

Apple Cider Prosecco Spritz 

Something to quaff by the fire during an en masse video call with your girlfriends. Pass on this juicy, sublimely sparking recipe to the group chat pronto. For fizz that’ll help you nail a Retrosweat YouTube tutorial in your living room like you’re making a sequel to Dirty Dancing, swish this. 

What you’ll need:

(serves 1)

  • 90ml apple cider
  • 30ml Aperol
  • 90ml Cloak & Dagger Prosecco (from our Pop the Prosecco Pack) 
  • Splash of soda
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Apple wedges for garnish

Here’s how:

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Stir together the apple cider and aperol.
  2. Add the prosecco and the soda, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and apple wedges and hey presto!

Traditional Red Sangria

Just when you thought paella night couldn’t get any better. After rustling up a pan of heaven, pour yourself one of these babies. Whether it’s a nod to a bygone trip to Barcelona, or something to sip on while you crank some Beyoncé, we have a feeling this’ll get you swinging your hips for the neighbours to see.

What you’ll need:

(serves 4)

  • 1/2 medium apple (cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/2 medium orange (rind on, sliced into small pieces, plus more for garnish)
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 3/4 cups orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle of Brent Rosenberg x Kate Hill Art Collection Pinot Noir
  • 1 cup ice to chill

Here’s how:

  1. Add apples, oranges, and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
  2. Add orange juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
  3. Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. Stir to combine.
  4. Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange segments.

Yep. You’re a qualified bartender now. We suggest you use these powers for the greater good and hold an Instagram live video tutorial on your fave sip once you’re three mulled wines in. Or, tag us @sundaywineco to indulge your new ego as a cocktail connoisseur and flaunt your boozy masterpieces before they mysteriously disappear. Pen your shopping list and go get ‘em, tiger.

Sunday Wine Co x

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