Bored with mulled wine? Here are four festive alternatives, from a warming cava spritz to a port and cranberry sangria, to get your celebration started If you’re throwing a Christmas party, mulled wine has one thing going for it: you can make up a big batch and leave it for your guests to help themselves – no fuss for the host. But if by mid-December, you can’t face another glass of what is all too often sickly-sweet, tooth-coating stuff – let alone the thought of offering it to your nearest and dearest – here are four alternatives for festive party tipples that can be prepped in advance. Many draw on a long tradition of party punches and festive drinks that deserve to get more of a showing at this time of year. Cava is so much more than an affordable alternative to champagne (or a welcome relief from the ubiquitous prosecco). Its toasty, brioche notes are a particularly good foil to refreshing apple and warm spice flavours: this spritz combines both, to create a warming but refreshing welcome drink. We especially like Raventós i Blanc’s wine, a biodynamic cava producer whose blanc de blancs can be picked up for not much over £10 online, and is far more interesting than many ch...