This mulled wine spritzer is a fun twist on the Christmas classic drink. Rather than a hot drink, I’ve put it on ice and given it a bit of fizz! Perfect for a party.
Recipe commissioned by Iceland Foods.
At this time of year, I always look forward to the surge in parties and get togethers. As soon as the mince pies spring up in the shops and the festive tunes start playing in the shops, I want to gather round my nearest and dearest.
Food, drinks, music and loved ones. What could be better than that?
This party season, we’ve got a few little bashes planned already, but I fully expect to have quite a few impromptu parties. It’s cold outside, so I love to light the fire, pour the drinks and chat until the wee hours.
How to throw an impromptu luxury party
My wine cellar is fully stocked (I actually have a wine cellar – I love this old house!) and ready for guests. But there’s always the issue of what to feed people when a quick cup of tea turns into an all night party.
That’s where my freezer comes in handy. Iceland Foods have a great range of frozen food that’s perfect for impressive entertaining. I wanted to have cocktails and desserts with the girls, so turned to their award-winning luxury range. Those desserts plus some festive cocktails and a bit of seasonal sparkle made for a perfect party.
Yet again, Iceland has impressed me with their selection’s quality and creativity. The Luxury range left me spoilt for choice when hosting a party. It’s easy to entertain when Iceland take care of the cooking! Bye bye beige, hello exciting flavours!
Iceland Luxury Food & Platters
The Iceland Luxury Food & Platters range was perfect for my cocktail and cakes party. Using the #PowerofFrozen makes it easy to impress. The award-winning range has a lot of choice, but I went for the Chocolate and Orange Choux Garland and Sicilian Lemon Tartlets.
The showstopping choux ring not only has choux pastry, whipped cream, chocolate and orange flavoured fudge icing and a chocolate and orange ganache, but it’s sprinkled with golden dust!
Everyone absolutely loved the pretty lemon tartlets. The zingy tarts are made with an all butter pastry with a Sicilian lemon filling, finished with lemon zest. They’re delicate and sharp – perfect with a cocktail!
Winter desserts can be quite heavy (I’m looking at you Xmas pudding), so I always like to serve something a bit fresher and lighter as well. These lemon tartlets completely fit the bill! I’m quite impressed with the luxury range and the imaginative and creative products on offer. Once again, Iceland has completely impressed me! Plus the prices, even for the luxury range, are really really reasonable. The impressive choux ring is only £6!
Mulled Wine Spritzer
Now, it’s not a cocktail party without a cocktail. Sure, as it’s Christmas I could have gone down the mince pie and mulled wine route, but it’s a bit soon for that, and although mulled wine is gorgeous, it’s not really great for a party.
But I still wanted that festive feel, so I turned mulled wine into a sparkling cocktail. I loved how it turned out. It’s not heavy at all, and diluting the mulled wine with lemonade makes it a fun and easy drink. I wanted a touch of luxury to go with my luxury desserts, so I served the cocktails in champagne flutes and added frozen raspberries! Voila – a mulled wine spritzer!
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Try this fizzy mulled wine cocktail as a fun twist on the traditional Christmas hot drink. It's lighter, sparkling and delicious.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 150 ml water
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 1 orange quartered
- Lemonade ie Sprite/7Up
- raspberries frozen
Add the wine, water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and orange to a large saucepan and heat but don’t allow it to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Strain it over a bowl to remove all the ‘bits’. Allow to cool.
Add ice and frozen raspberries to a tall glass, then fill halfway with the cooled mulled wine. Top up with fizzy lemonade.
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Disclosure: Iceland Foods commissioned this Sparkling Mulled Wine Cocktail recipe. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to mess up my kitchen and write Veggie Desserts.