Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, novice or somewhere in between, get ready to raise your glass, America. Aug. 28 is Red Wine Day (RWD)! This annual ‘spirited’ holiday, created by wine-lover and freelance writer, the Queen of Holidays, was created to raise awareness about the numerous health benefits of red wine.
Whether you prefer a fine wine after a hard day at work, with a few of your favorite friends at the local pub, or enjoy a glass or two during dinner with the family, red wine is perfect any time!
Red Wine Benefits
Today’s red wine is produced all over the world and available in many tasty varieties. From Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to Beaujolais Nouveau, Malbec, Zinfandel or Chianti, red wine not only tastes great, but many believe red wine, in moderation, is good for you, too!
- Good for your heart – Grapes are loaded with antioxidants. Resveratrol, a powerful type of antioxidant, is believed to be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and increases the good kind of cholesterol – HDL. One to two glasses of red wine a day raises your good cholesterol by 12 percent and that is good for your heart!
- Cancer – Evidence suggests drinking dark red wine may also reduce the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer as well. Quercetin, another antioxidant in red wine, may also help prevent lung cancer. Drinking one glass of wine three to four times a week may help starve “nascent cancer cells.” Some believe resveratrol attacks cancerous cells and “inhibits their ability to function.”
- Brain Power – Resveratrol may also help keep your memory sharp-as-a-whistle.
- Colds – Red wine may help keep the common cold at bay!
- Red wine may also prevent tooth decay!
- Resveratrol testing on animals suggest the antioxidant may also help protect against obesity and diabetes! The skin of red grapes may help regulate blood sugar!
It is important to remember drinking alcohol in excess is bad for you. Moderation is key!
In honor of Red Wine Day, why not whip up one or two of the red wine cocktails listed below? Bottom’s up!
Red Wine Day Cocktail Recipes
- Red Wine Cooler – This simple-to-make drink calls for red wine, lemon-lime soda and ginger ale.
- Queen of Hearts – This pretty drink, perfect for the holidays or special occasions, calls for strawberry juice, Champagne, red wine and Plymouth gin.
- Francophile Cocktail – This cocktail, from Alex Day, calls for apple brandy, Rioja wine, fresh lemon juice, apple slide, cinnamon stick and cinnamon syrup.
- Devil’s Cocktail – You’ll need ruby port, lemon juice and dry vermouth for this cocktail.
- Red Wine Sangria – This recipe calls for Merlot of Chianti, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries an orange and The Perfect Puree Red Sangria.
- Pomegranate Sangria – This popular 5-star beverage, from Bobby Flay, calls for fruity red wine, pomegranate juice, brandy, Triple Sec, simple syrup, pomegranate seeds, an apple, orange and red grapes.
- Pallini Peach Sangrini – This cocktail calls for Pallini Peachcello, red wine, ginger ale and peach wedges. Peachy.
- Vodka Grape Sparkler – This recipe calls for fresh red seedless grapes, clover honey, fresh lemon juice, vodka and a bottle of chilled rose sparkling wine.
- Cranberry Red Wine Spritzer – If you love cranberries, check this cocktail out! This gorgeous drink calls for one bottle of red wine, sugar, chopped cranberries, club soda and cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.
- Red Wine Berry Spritzer – Here’s another pretty cocktail. You’ll need red wine, La Croix Mixed Berry Sparkling Water, frozen blueberries or raspberries and ice.
- Clementine and Red Wine Spritzer – This pretty drink calls for a bottle of red wine, Clementine soda and ice.
- Burgundy Bubbler – This recipe, from Sandra Lee, calls for orange juice, sparkling cider and burgundy wine.
- Bloody Pepper – You’ll need red wine and Dr. Pepper for this one.
- Wine Crush – This simple recipe calls for red wine and orange soda.
- Bambus – This easy drink calls for red wine and Coke.
- Bloody Vagina – This shooter with the rather provocative name calls for red wine and Jack Daniel’s.
- Camels Snot – This Camels Snot shooter, from Steve Hauck, calls for red wine and Bailey’s Irish Cream.
- Chocolate Cocktail – Any recipe with the word “chocolate” in it, has got to be good!
- Mulled Wine – Don’t mull it over. This 5-star recipe, from Ina Garten, calls for apple cider, red wine, honey, whole cloves, star anise, oranges and cinnamon sticks.
- Mulled Red Wine – This recipe, from Gourmet, calls for dry red wine, cherry-flavored brandy, sugar, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, a vanilla bean and lemon and orange zest.
- Red Wine Brownies – Yep, you read that correctly!
As always – please drink responsibly. Cheers!