So summer was all about rosé, frosé and white wine to help cool down from the hot Australian and New Zealand summer. As the weather cools and the ugg boots come out, it’s time to start thinking about our winter wine choices. As soon as you hear ‘hot wine’ you naturally think of all those delightful mulled wine recipes however a few months ago on my Facebook page, the lovely Carma, suggested I do a post on other hot wine beverages that would be fun to try.
So here we are! Now I haven’t had a chance to try all the mentioned recipes yet, however be assured that I will make my way through then during the winter and naturally post about them on my social media channels – so stay tuned! I am completely happy to be your guinea pig when it involves wine.
1. Wine Coffee
Funnily enough, as soon as I committed to writing this post, the lovely Wine Folly put up an article on ‘wine coffee’. Yes you read that right and what an intriguing idea it is – could this be the new version of the espresso martini that all us winos have been waiting for?
In the post, it talks about both wine flavoured coffee beans alongside drinks you can actually purchase in the states such as Cabernet Coffee Espresso™ and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino™. At the end of the post is a pretty tasty sounding recipe for a Russian Coffee Cocktail which is made up of; vodka, coffee, red wine and simple syrup served in a chilled wine glass. While not really a hot beverage, it may alight your taste buds.
2. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
It was actually last winter I saw recipes floating around for red wine infused hot chocolate and thought I must give it a go. I can just picture myself snuggled up on the couch with a nice big mug of red wine infused hot chocolate while it’s pouring with rain outside.
I’ve checked out a few recipes, however I think the first one I’m going to give a go (that’s if I simply don’t fumble through creating my own one) is this simple recipe via VinePair although I also like the sound of Kitchn’s cinnamon-y version!
Here’s some more recipes that are worth checking out:
- Imma Eat That’s Red Wine Hot Chocolate
- War & Cheese’s Red Wine Hot Chocolate
- Wholefully’s Red Wine Hot Chocolate
- Home Cooking Adventure’s 118 calorie Hot Chocolate & Red Wine
- Popsugar’s Red Wine Hot Chocolate
3. Chilli Wine
Okay, by touch it may not be classed as a ‘hot wine’ but after a few sips some chilli wine will have your taste buds tingling for sure.
There are a number of wineries around the world who release wines with the addition of chillies in. Locally here in Perth you have folks like Stakehill Estate and Harris Organic Wines making speciality chilli infused wines on occasion. Further abroad there are places like Disaster Bay Chillies making a 12%abv Hot Chilli Wine that is meant to be enjoyed out of a liqueur glass. And if you’re really keen then you can follow Chili Pepper Madness’s instructions on how to make your own chilli wine!
I’m a big fan of the Harris Organic Verdelho but what about when chilli essence is added? I picked up the Verdelho ‘Chilli Reserve’ last weekend for $20 – it was leftover stock from the Fremantle Chilli Festival. Seeing as we were having spicy fish tacos for dinner, I thought it would be the perfect match! The chilli doesn’t hit you in the face as you might expect, it provides a touch of warmth on the finish whilst you can still taste the lovely tropical, floral and citrus flavours of the Verdelho. Definitely not what I was expecting! #TCWeekdayWine #wine #chilliwine #organicwine #verdelho #swanvalley #chillifestival #fishtacos
At the end of the day if you’re a ‘purist’ and couldn’t fathom mixing wine with anything else then I would suggest grabbing a bottle of red wine or port/fortified wine that has a higher than 14%abv – as after a couple of glasses it’ll definitely start to warm the cockles of your heart!
If you know of any other ‘hot wine’ ideas please leave a comment below :)