We can cause a lot of confusion with fruits and wine. One of the most common is cranberry wine. It has a balance of slightly tart and fruity sweetness. It is a refreshing and light drink; therefore, the perfect alternative for your traditional red wine. However, don’t get deceived by its fruity notes and sweetness, as like regular wine, cranberry wine’s alcohol content is still at 11% -15%. Aside from its subtle sweetness, cranberry wine is also a mixed drink.
It can be paired with other drinks, resulting in a wild variety of flavors. As a mixed drink, add vodka to cranberry wine to create a cosmopolitan. Another option is to add iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing summertime libation. You may also add mulled spices – star anise, orange, cinnamon sticks, brandy, honey, or maple syrup for a unique drink. Serve this mulled wine warm and have yourself a perfect cozy drink for a cold night. Cranberry wine can also be paired with different food, complementing the food’s aroma and distinct flavor. For example, you won’t need to prepare cranberry sauce, as it is perfectly paired with roasted turkey or baked ham. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, it is also good when paired with chocolate desserts.
Homemade cranberry wine
Surprisingly, it wasn’t that complicated to create your own homemade cranberry wine. You just need the following ingredients:
- Distilled water
- 2-3 lb granulated sugar
- 96 oz unsweetened bottled cranberry juice
- 1 lb dried cranberries
- 1 tsp yeast nutrient
- One packet wine yeast
1. Into a small saucepan, heat the sugar and cranberry juice until the sugar was dissolved.
2. Let the sugar and cranberry juice mixture cool down.
3. The wine yeast should be dissolved in a small amount of lukewarm water and allow it to bloom for 5 minutes.
4. Add the dried cranberries and the yeast nutrient to the sugar and cranberry juice mixture. Then transfer the mixture to a fermentation vessel. Once transferred, add the dissolved wine yeast to the mixture.
5. Cover the fermentation vessel with a water lock and allow the mixture to ferment for 2-3 weeks. Allow the mixture to ferment without the airlock for at least 5 days.
6. Put back the airlock and allow the mixture to undergo its secondary fermentation for another 6-8 weeks. For a dry wine, extend the secondary fermentation for another 6-8 weeks.
7. You may transfer the mixture to a bottle and allow it to age for at least 3 months to 1 year.
Cranberry wine is simply the instant holiday celebratory wine you need.