These Drink Recipes Make A Strong Case For Red Wine In Your Cocktails

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Red wine is obviously perfect for sipping on its own — but that’s not all it’s good for. Ahead, our favorite cocktail recipes for using it in unique ways, from sangria to totally unexpected variations.


The Grand Sangria Rouge recipe calls for 1 1/2 parts Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, 3 parts red wine, 2 parts orange juice, and 2 parts lemon-lime soda. Pour all of the ingredients into a wine glass, add ice, and stir.Courtesy of Grand Marnier
For the Sangria Roja, gather 15 ounces Calirosa Añejo Tequila, 25 ounces jammy red wine, 1/2 cup each of orange juice and lemon juice, 1/4 cup simple syrup, and 1 cup each of sliced pears, orange peels, lemon wheels, and blackberries. Combine all ingredients with ice and stir with cinnamon sticks and star anise.Courtesy of CALIROSA Tequila
Red wine cocktails don’t have to be complicated. Take the Bella Rosa: To make it, just shake 1 ounce raspberry vodka and 1 ounce pineapple juice with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with 2 ounces of chilled Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, and garnish with a pineapple slice.Courtesy of Rosa Regale
Create the Cherry Cardamom & Chai Spritz by mixing together 1 heaping tablespoon of cherry-cardamom mash (which uses 1 cup of fresh cherries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 or 2 pinches of cardamom, ground), 1 part chai-steeped sparkling water, 1 part plain sparkling water, and 1 part Avaline Merlot or Red.Courtesy of Avaline
The New York Sour from The Bar at The Dancing Bear Lodge is made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey simple syrup, and finished with a Horizon pinot noir float and a bourbon cherry for a play on a classic sour cocktail.Courtesy of The Bar at The Dancing Bear Lodge
The Footed Collins, available at The Bamboo Room within Three Dots and a Dash, was created by Kevin Beary. To make it, you need 2 ounces gin, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 1/2 ounce passion fruit juice, 3/4 ounce almond orgeat, 3/4 ounce falernum, and a mulled wine floater. Serve in a footed collins glass.Courtesy of The Bamboo Room within Three Dots and a Dash
The Maxime from Aldama (created by Aldama partner Christopher Reyes) calls for 1 ounce each of Ilegal Mezcal, Zucca Amaro, and Madeira wine (a fortified wine), plus 1 dash orange bitters and 1 dash pimento bitters. In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass and express an orange twist.Photo by Andrea Grujic
For the Maple Mulled Wine, combine 2 ounces Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish, 1 ounce red wine, 1/2 ounce allspice dram, 1 dash of cinnamon, 1 dash of star anise, and 1 dash of cardamom. Serve hot and enjoy!Courtesy of Templeton Rye

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