If you love to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day or to kick-start celebrations - but would like to avoid the extra calories or alcohol - a glass or two of alcohol-removed wine is a great option.
To enhance the experience, there are so many ways to enjoy alcohol-removed wine other than on its own. If you haven’t given it much thought, this could be the perfect time to get a little creative and try something different. Plus, it could be a great excuse to get your friends together.
We’ve listed some of our top suggestions below for you to try. They are super easy and fun, and if you’re cutting back or just not wanting to drink alcohol right now, these can all be done using alcohol-removed wine.
- Make a Platter
For those who love to get creative with flavour, the perfect way to explore the world of wine is through food – and what better way to do so than with a grazing platter? Plus, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and wow them with a delicious spread. Think hard, soft and fresh cheeses, crackers, pretzels, fruit and cured meats.
There are endless combinations to what you can pair with a wine of your choice. Fresh and soft cheeses can be complemented with crisp whites, and the firm structure of bolder red wines enhance intense aged cheeses and charcuterie meats.
Cooking with wine can really enhance a dish. Whether it’s a dash of white to kickstart a pasta sauce or slowly adding a red to a meaty stew, incorporating wine can add flavour and moisture to whatever dish you’re making.
And while cooking with wine is no secret, did you know red wine is a great way to prepare meat? Enhancing flavour, wine is basically an acid ingredient which helps tenderise the outside of the meat. Wine-based marinade helps to keep meat, poultry or seafood moist while it cooks, too.
- Add some Frozen Fruit
Adding fruit is a great enhancer to a simple glass of wine. It’s a clever way to cool down on a summer's day and the frozen fruit doesn’t dilute your wine the same way ice does when it melts. Fruit can also intensify the taste of your wine.
Adding contrasting and complementing flavours from fruits like pineapple, grapes, berries or pomegranates for example, is a creative way to add a fresh and fun twist to your nightly glass.
- Mulled Wine & Sangria
Mulled wine is a great way to take your reds up a notch. Traditionally made with red wine and various mulling spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice, mulled wine is delicious served warm alongside a roaring winter fire. Mulled wine is also the perfect base for a summer Sangria. If you’re a little short of time, you can use bottled mulled wine - such as Edenvale’s award-winning Hearth Mulled Wine - all ready to heat up or mix with your sangria ingredients to drink over ice.
- Mocktails or cocktails
Wine or zero alcohol wine makes a great base for your favourite mocktail or cocktail. Perfect for parties, mocktails are simply cocktails without the alcohol content. They can be nutritious, every bit as delicious as a cocktail and ideal for a healthier lifestyle.
Easy to make and fun to drink, mocktails make the occasion one to remember, especially if you use wines from Edenvale’s premium alcohol-removed range.
Try our Berry Sparkles mocktail based on our naturally sweet Edenvale Pink Moscato. It is full of berry flavours with a tangy lemon twist making it perfect for any special occasion.