Current (Cocktail) Obsession: Castello del Poggio  Holiday Grown-up Punch 


If you’re looking for the perfect ingredients to shake up that mulled wine recipe or just looking for a festive sip…even an affordable hostess gift, this Sweet Red from Castello del Poggio ($12.99) will really elevate your holiday spirits. The wine features fruity notes of apricot, peach and bright raspberry and it makes the ultimate cheery cocktails…

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Holiday Grown-up Punch 

4 oz. Castello del Poggio  Sweet Red

1 oz. Camus cognac (or similar)

1 oz. cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup

Lemon wedge

Add sweet wine, cognac and cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup to a glass. Fill with ice. Squeeze lemon into cocktail and stir.


Sweet Mulled Wine

1 bottle sweet red wine

2 cups apple cider

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup whole cranberries

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

4 star anise

1 vanilla bean, split in half

1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods

1 teaspoon whole cloves

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly simmering and hot. Serve immediately in glasses filled with cinnamon sticks and orange slices.

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