The holidays are my favorite time of the year and for many reasons. I love being able to spend extra time with my family and friends, I enjoy decorating the house for Christmas, preparing and eating festive food, watching Christmas movies and even wearing my holiday t-shirts and hoodies. Another reason I love the holidays is that it’s a time to celebrate and although we all may celebrate in different ways, the intentions are good and the time spent is so worthwhile.
In addition to the delicious food that is prepared, I also like to have a wine available to enhance my meals. Who doesn’t love a glass of wine? If you don’t then maybe you just haven’t tried the right one, but if you do then you know that wine is a universal beverage that is perfect for celebrating, relaxing, and even to disconnect after a long, hard day. As much as I truly love the holidays, I must admit that it can be a bit more stressful than any other time of the year, so wine does come in handy during the month of December! They say that relaxation helps to reduce stress levels so my thoughts are that I’m on my way to better health with a glass of wine.
I recently discovered some tasty wine from Oliver Winery. Oliver is one of the largest wineries east of the Mississippi with a great philosophy ~ all styles of wine deserve the highest craft and respect. They make their top-rated wines in the gentlest way possible and each one shares a common characteristic ~ Fruit forward taste! I love it!
I had the opportunity to try several flavors and all were fantastic, especially the Apple Pie. This is a seasonal wine so quantities are limited but after tasting it I definitely see why they are almost sold out. It’s like a freshly baked apple pie without the baking! Moscato is already a favorite wine for me and this heavenly Moscato wine is very sweet and flavorful with a hint of spritz! I could go on and on about how good Oliver Wine is but I’m in no way a wine connoisseur so I’ll just say, try it for yourself and you won’t be disappointed! Be sure to visit the Oliver Winery website and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Now for some Oliver Cocktail Recipes:
Mulled Hard Cider
• 3 bottles of Oliver Original Beanblossom Hard Cider
•bottle of water (fill an empty Beanblossom Hard Cider bottle)
•cup to 1 cup Mulling Spice Mix* (to taste)
• Honey (to taste)
Mix all ingredients in crockpot or stovetop; stir well and heat on low until ready.
*Oliver Winery sells the mulling spice mix, but it can be replaced with classic spice mixes of
cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc. The recipe is a 3:1 ratio of cider to water and can be
adjusted to the number of bottles of cider you have on hand!
• 1 bottle Oliver Camelot Mead (or other Orchard Stand Wines)
• 1 cup apple juice
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 2 Tbsp Mulling Spice Mix, or to taste
Mix all ingredients in a crockpot or saucepan; stir well and heat on low until
ready. For a fun garnish, add orange or lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise or
fresh ginger pieces.
• 1 bottle Shiraz
• 2 cups water
•cup Mulling Spice Mix (or to taste)
•cup brown sugar (or to taste)
Mix all ingredients in a crockpot or stovetop; stir well and heat on low until
ready. Other additions include orange or lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, or ginger
Sweet Tea Sangria
• 2 parts sweet iced tea
• 2 parts Oliver Soft White or Orchard Stand Peach
• Juice of 1 fresh orange
• Frozen sliced peaches and strawberries
Fill a pitcher halfway with sweet iced tea. Add half pitcher with your favorite
sweet white wine: Oliver Soft White or Orchard Stand Peach are our favorites in
this delicious drink. Stir in frozen fruit and squeeze in orange juice. Garnish with
Soft Red Martini
• 2 parts Oliver Soft Red
• 1 part vodka
• Juice of 1 fresh lime
Shake with ice and top off this tasty, chilled martini with a splash of lemon-lime
• 3 parts Orchard Stand Mango wine
• 3 parts orange-pineapple juice
• 1 part cream of coconut
• Splash of club soda
Fill a stem less wine glass with ice. Mix all ingredients together and serve over
crushed ice. Garnish with fresh sliced pineapple.
• 5 frozen peach slices
• 3 oz Orchard Stand Peach
• 3 oz orange juice
• 4.5 oz ginger beer
Layer a Collins glass with frozen peach slices (about 5). Fill with ice. Combine
Orchard Stand Peach and orange juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake. Strain
into glass. Top with ginger beer.
• 4 ounces Oliver Zinfandel
• 6 ounces Orangina
• 1 ounce raspberry simple syrup
• 1/2 tsp mulling spices
Stir, pour over ice and serve.
• 3.5 oz Maximum Port
• 3.5 oz Orangina
• 1.5 oz lemon juice
• 1.5 oz club soda
• Pinch of zest
• 2 tsp mulling spice
Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
• 4.5 ounces Creekbend Chambourcin Rosé
• 4.5 ounces ginger ale
• 1 ounce Oliver Blackberry Wine
Pour over ice, stir, and garnish with fresh or frozen blackberries.
• 6 ounces Creekbend Vidal Blanc Sparkling
• 1 ounce Oliver Blackberry Wine
Garnish with one fresh blackberry and a sprig of mint.
• 3 oz Oliver Shiraz
• 6 strawberries, stems removed, halved
• 2 Tbsp honey
• 1 basil leaf
• 2 oz cranberry cocktail
Muddle strawberries, honey and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, Oliver Shiraz
and cranberry cocktail. Shake vigorously and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass.
Garnish with sliced strawberries and basil.
Ice Wine Ginger Pop
• 3 ounces Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
• 1/2 tsp white ginger syrup
Stir together and pour over ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with frozen grapes.
St. Nick’s Crush
Combine ⇠ tsp Clementine Brown Sugar mixer (below) with 1
tsp Roasted Cranberry Clove mixer* (below) and 6 oz Oliver White Zinfandel. Garnish with
rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries.
Clementine Brown Sugar Mixer: Heat up brown sugar and cup water over
medium heat until dissolved. Steep the peel from one clementine in the brown sugar
mixture for at least one hour. Strain, stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and the juice from
*Roasted Cranberry Clove Mixer
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread cranberries over a pan and sprinkle with 1 tsp
of ground clove. Roast cranberries for 10 minutes. Heat cup sugar and cup
water over medium heat until dissolved. Steep cranberries to sugar mixture for 2-4
hours. Strain, and refrigerate.