6 Wine Cocktails To Get You Through the Holidays

Category: Drink

Whether you’re sitting fireside while it snows, or watching the desert sunset in Joshua Tree, CA - unbox your recent wine delivery and get your glassware ready. We’ve partnered with a few special ladies across the nation to bring you holiday cocktails for every palate.

Cheers through the holidays with these six wine cocktail recipes:

I. Sweater Weather Mule

By Jayme (@hollyandflora)

Yield: one cocktail

Glassware: mug of your choice

Ingredients for the cocktail:

3/4 ounce rye whiskey {I used Redemption}

3/4 ounce apple brandy {I used Laird's applejack}

1 1/2 ounces fresh apple cider or juice {non-alcoholic}

1/2 ounce honey syrup {see recipe notes below}

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 ounce ginger liqueur {I used New Deal}

2-3 ounces Finke's Widow Sparkling Wine

Apple slices, fresh sage, and ground cinnamon, for garnish


(1) In a shaker tin, combine the whiskey, apple brandy, apple cider, honey syrup, lemon juice, and ginger liqueur.

(2) Add ice and shake well.

(3) Strain into a mug filled with ice.

(4) Top with Finke's Widow Sparkling Wine.

(5) Garnish with an apple slice and a sprig of sage.

(6) Lightly sprinkle cocktail with cinnamon. Simply fill a fine-mesh strainer with a little cinnamon and then lightly tap it over the apple


Ingredients for the honey syrup:

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup water

1 cinnamon stick, optional


(1) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and set stove to low.

(2) Stir mixture and remove from heat, once the mixture begins to simmer.

(3) Let cool to room temperature.

(4) If you used a cinnamon stick, remove from the syrup.

(5) Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

II. The Bashful Blackberry

By Pamelyn Rocco (@basheryandco) 


1 cup fresh blackberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 bottle of Finke's Widow Sparkling Wine

4 sprigs fresh rosemary


(1) In a small saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil on high heat, and then reduce to a simmer and let cook for approximately 15-17 minutes. The blackberries will become soft and bright in color and a pinkish purple syrup will form. Making sure it cooks down enough is essential to keeping the ombre effect. Take off of the heat and drain the blackberries, keeping the syrup in a separate bowl. Set both aside and allow to cool.

(2) Once blackberries and simple syrup are cooled, spoon about 4 tablespoons of syrup into the bottom of each champagne flute (this recipe makes 4 drinks).

(3) Very slowly top with champagne so that the simple syrup doesn't get mixed together with the champagne.

(4) Garnish with fresh blackberries or the cooked blackberries, and a sprig of rosemary.

(5) Cheers and always remember to have fun!

III. An interpretation of the classic Italian aperitif, LaBicyclette

By Natasha Shumny (@natashashumny)


2 ounces Campari

1-1/2 ounces 2016 Field Theory Albariño

Lemon peel (optional), for garnish 


(1)​ Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

(2) Garnish with lemon zest twist.

IV. The Manhattan Holiday

By Jayme (@hollyandflora)

Yield: one cocktail

Glassware: coupe

Ingredients for the cocktail:

2 ounces rye whiskey {I used Bulleit}

1 ounce amaro {I used Amaro Montenegro}

1/2 ounce spiced red wine syrup {made with Field Theory Touriga Nacional}

2 dashes orange bitters {I used Embitterment}

Dried orange wheel, for garnish


(1) In a mixing glass, combine the whiskey, amaro, spiced red wine syrup, and orange bitters.

(2) Add ice and stir well.

(3) Strain into a chilled coupe.

(4) Garnish with a dried orange wheel.

Ingredients for the spiced red wine syrup:

1 cup Field Theory Touriga Nacional

1 cup cane sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise pod

2 cloves

2 allspice berries


(1) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and set stove to low.

(2) Stir mixture and remove from heat, once the mixture begins to simmer.

(3) Let cool to room temperature.

(4) Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer.

(5) Store in the fridge for up to a month.

V. Sparkling CranApple Vino

By Kaily Mae (@heykailymae)


1/3 Cranberry Juice

1/3 White Wine from Winc (Field Theory Albariño)

1/3 Sparkling water


(1) Mix all ingredients together

(2) Add cranberries, diced apples and rosemary for "festiveness"

VI. Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe

By Brandy G. (@authentically.b)

“I like this red wine recipe because it's delicious and super simple. I didn't even have to go to the store for the ingredients. Even my wine from Winc showed up on my doorstep. Everything was already in my pantry. Red wine hot chocolate is super rich so I opted to show them being served in miniature cups along with a bite of chocolate. Large servings could be too overpowering to the palate.” -Brandy G.


2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup red wine, Rosa Obscura Red Blend

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons sugar, optional (see notes)

Pinch of salt


(1) Combine the chocolate chips, wine, milk, and sugar (if using), in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is hot.

(2) Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour into mugs and serve



Cheers and Happy Holidays!