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More wine please?

I hope I don't tell too much here: I like to drink wine and when it's a party, I do sometimes drink more than I meant to.

In the summer, I make a spritzer with white wine and maybe a little fruit juice and sparkling water, and life is good. I'd like something more wintery, with red wine, but haven't found the right combination. Please note, I'm not looking for a punch that is going to add more alcohol (I like those too, but I'm trying to go in a different direction here), but something enjoyable to drink that helps stretch an evening with good friends. Thoughts?

asked by Nora almost 7 years ago

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added almost 7 years ago

I've had a sort of mulled wine that added fruit juices -- apple or cranberry -- and spices. Another trick I try to do is to alternate glasses of wine with glasses of water.

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added almost 7 years ago

In eastern Europe they drink something called Bambus - it's a mixture of red wine and cola ... usually 1:1 ratio. They often use cheap red wine and the cola is meant to cover up the sour taste. You don't really need a recipe, but for a bit more info, here's my post on it how I liked it. http://globaltableadventure...

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hardlikearmour

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added almost 7 years ago

Here are some good recipe ideas: http://www.food52.com/recipes... or http://www.epicurious.com... or if you want a white wine option http://www.epicurious.com...

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added almost 7 years ago

Have you tried a Sangria type concoction with red wine mixed with orange and lemon juice, sugar to taste, club soda to lighten and sliced fruits (orange, lemon, apple, pear in whatever combo) to nibble on?

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added almost 7 years ago

Campari and soda? It's not wine but it does have a lower alcohol content.

You can also use the Campari later on for Negroni which would have more of a kick because it's a gin based cocktail.

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added almost 7 years ago

The red wine and cola drink is called a calimocho in Spain. Just another fun fact.

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added almost 7 years ago

Some good ideas--except that wine and cola thing. My husband had a college roommate from China who put Coke on his cereal. To each his/her own...but I'm inclined to like the Campari and soda and the Sangria ideas best so far. I so think of Sangria as a summer thing, I hadn't thought of it for winter but now I'm imagining pom seeds, maybe some mango...my imagination needed a kickstart!

But keep 'em coming, y'all!

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added almost 7 years ago

Ha ha Nora - it's not for everyone, but I thought I'd share. I love trying unusual recipes from other countries. Sometimes they are a flop but more often than not I'm pleasantly surprised. Good luck!

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added almost 7 years ago

In Germany this time of year, they drink a red wine concoction called Gluehwein. You can get it in most liquor stores or you can make your own http://www.allrecipes.com.... It's great served hot on cold days with with a stick of cinnamon in the cup when friends come over. You don't need to use an expensive wine to make it either. About any red wine will work.

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