There’s no better way to put your leftover sweet red wine to use than cooking up something delicious!
These 20 recipes are perfect for getting rid of that last bit of sweet red wine that’s no good to drink anymore or if someone gifted you a surplus and you’re not sure how you’re going to use it all.
Because we’ve all been there: maybe you threw a party and got sweet wine for the ONE friend that actually drinks it. Maybe someone gave you a few bottles of the sweet stuff as a gift, even though you can’t really stand to drink it. Or maybe sweet red wine IS your jam, but you can’t find a way to finish a bottle before it goes bad. (I’ve never had that problem, but I can assume it’s a thing.)
Although sweet wine isn’t always the best for cooking, there are a wide range of sweet and savory recipes out there to help you make the most of your leftover vino.
This list includes everything from chicken dishes to decadent desserts to delicious slushies and cocktails. Some of these recipes call for port, but explicitly mention that any sweet red wine will do.
Another gorgeous cocktail that's as delicious as it is easy! There are only three required ingredients: sweet red wine, lemonade, and honey. Throw in some mint and lemons as a garnish and you've got yourself a cocktail, baby!
This sangria is super unique, but also very easy to make! There are three basic ingredients: sweet red wine, ginger ale, and rum. Then it adds in banana liqueur to take it to a whole nother level of fruity goodness.
This might sound similar to Coq Au Vin, but it's very different in a few ways. The recipe uses orange and lemon juice for an extra citrusy, acidic kick that will nicely balance out the sweetness of the wine. It also calls for chickpeas, which definitely sets it apart from the traditional French recipe!
I loveeeeee ketchup, but I never thought about making my own until this moment. The flavors of the red wine, plum, and star anise mixed together sound amazing and would be so fun to pair with some homemade french fries!
This recipe is super savory thanks to the mushrooms and beef, and the red wine elevates it with just a touch of sweetness. It would pair perfectly with a glass of Zinfandel or any other really fruity or sweet red wine!
If the are two things I love, it's easy recipes and desserts. And wine. So I guess that's three things, and this recipe combines them all to make a delish popsicle that'd be perfect on a hot summer day!
We have a lot of cocktails for the summer on this list, but this cocktail is what's going to get me through this fall and winter! I love a good boozy hot chocolate, and this one only takes 10 minutes to make.
I know we already had a popsicle recipe on this list, but this one is SO different. It uses sweet red wine, roasted strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of sugar. So it's just a few ingredients, but it packs in a ton of amazing flavors!
In my opinion, this is the most visually impressive recipe on this list! The pears are poached in a spice red wine sauce and then placed in a homemade crust. Definitely a labor of love, and it would be amazing for Christmas or Thanksgiving if you need a show-stopping, festive dessert!
And there you have it! Which one of these recipes have you rethinking sweet red wine? Do you have your own recipes that use sweet red wine? Tell me about it in the comment section below!