Ever go for a cheap bottle of wine but find yourself disappointed once you open it? That’s when it comes in handy to know how to make cheap wine taste better! There isn’t always a direct correlation between money spent and quality (there are a lot of expensive wines out there that aren’t worth the money, and likewise, there are a lot of cheap wines that are surprisingly good), but yes, more often than not you get what you pay for!
So how do we salvage those not so delish bottles of wine? Here are some tips worth trying:
1. Put it in a cocktail shaker and shake!
It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is a quick way to “age” the wine through an unconventional decanting method, sometimes referred to as hyper-decanting. Put it in a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds and taste the difference.
2. Don’t have a shaker? Use a blender.
This is another way to hyper-decant your wine. Just pour in the wine, blend on a medium speed for 20 seconds and voila! Pour it in a wine glass and enjoy.
3. When life gives you bad wine…make it a cocktail!
The easiest way to make anything not-so-good into something yum is to change it altogether. Here are a few ideas:
The most common way to make a bottle of cheap wine taste better is by making it into a fancy sangria. If you’re having guests, they’ll appreciate the effort you took in creating this much loved drink. Use any combination of fruits, some fruit juice, a bit of trip sec or rum, a dash of soda and you’re done. There are hundreds of different ways to make a good sangria, and you’re likely to have most of the ingredients at home already!
Mulled wine is to winter what sangria is to summer. Here’s what you need:
A bottle of wine
3 Cinnamon sticks
Juice from one orange
2-3 Star anise
2 cups of apple juice
Put it in a pot on the stove and let the mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes so the wine has time to absorb all the flavors. If you don’t want the star anise and cloves floating in your glass while you drink, just strain them out you serve.
You can easily transform a cheap sparkling wine into a sparkling margarita. Here’s how:
1 bottle sparkling wine
1 cup lime juice
4 shots blanco tequila
Salt to rim the glass
You can also use a ready-made margarita mix, add tequila and the wine.
These are some of the easiest ways to make your cheap wine taste better! The next time you find yourself with a “meh” bottle of wine, give one of these tips a try. Let us know how it works by dropping us a comment on Facebook or Twitter.