Wine Cocktails!

A glass of wine by itself is usually divine but some days you want to mix it up or maybe that bottle of wine you bought a few months back does not taste like you remember. On these occasions I like to make some wine cocktails. Similar to how wine creates a whole new experience with food, wine can do the same to your perception of mixed drinks. Below are 17 wine cocktails to try.

A Bellini is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar. A Mimosa is composed of equal parts champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled citrus fruit juice, usually orange juice. A Kir is made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) topped up with white wine. A Kir Royal is a variation of the Kir with crème de cassis topped with champagne. A Ruby Dutchess is made with sugar, Angostura bitters, Champagne, brandy and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. A Kalimotxo consists of equal parts red wine and cola-based soft drink. A spritzer is a tall, chilled drink, usually made with white wine and carbonated water or sparkling mineral water. The flirtini contains vodka, champagne and pineapple juice. French 75 is made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. Sangria normally consists of red wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Valencian Water is made from a base of cava or champagne, orange juice, vodka, and gin. The Black Velvet is a beer cocktail made from stout (often Guinness) and white, sparkling wine, traditionally champagne. The Prince of Wales is champagne, angostura bitters on sugar, either rye whiskey or cognac, and a liqueur. A Rosé Blood Orange Lemonade consists of Rose wine, lemon juice, sugar, water, blood orange juice, ice cubes and blood orange slices for decoration. The Moscato Bee’s Knees is made with honey, hot water, lemon juice and Moscato. The Pretty in Pink is made with Pink Moscato, cherry brandy, pitted cherries, strawberries and mint leaves. To create a Red Hot Summer, mix red wine, lemon lime soda and ice, then garnish with a lime wheel.

These are just a few of 100’s of wine cocktails you can make. I challenge you to create your own wine cocktail, name it and email me your recipe for a chance to be mentioned in an upcoming article.

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