The best thing about wine cocktails (besides, of course, being made of wine) is how they somehow manage to be both incredibly elegant and impressive, yet impossibly easy to make. Just pour out a bottle of your favorite wine, throw in some fresh fruit, stir in a few other ingredients you probably have around in your kitchen, and enjoy! Here are a few recipes to get you started.
True Blue Wine Cocktail
Who doesn’t love a blue cocktail? Dive into this wonderfully refreshing and beautifully blue elixir. The sweet, crisp taste of the Moscato pairs wonderfully with the flavor of the berries. Add the vanilla and you’ve got a smooth cocktail that’s almost too easy to drink!
You’ll need: Moscato, blue curacao, vanilla vodka, raspberry vodka, blackberries, and maraschino cherries.
Recipe: Sutter Home
Moscato Bee’s Knees Wine Cocktail
Honey compliments the sweet notes of the Moscato, while tart lemon juice adds a bit of complexity and ensures that this cocktail is sweet without being at all saccharine. Perfect for a summer buzz.
You’ll need: Moscato, honey, lemon juice, and hot water.
Recipe: The Kitchen is My Playground
Strawberry Jalapeno White Sangria
Spice up your sangria by adding some jalapenos. It may sound a little weird, but the sweetness of the strawberries is quickly followed by an unexpected bite of spice from the jalapeno—it’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy.
You’ll need: White wine (Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Moscato), brandy, jalapenos, mixed berries, pomegranate (or cranberry) juice, and agave (or sugar).
Recipe: Joyful Healthy Eats
If the previous sangria recipe wasn’t unusual enough, here’s a recipe that will shatter every preconceived notion you have about what sangria is supposed to be. First, it’s black rather than red or white. Second, it’s made with Apothic Dark—a unique wine that features the flavors of plums and blackberries intertwined with notes of chocolate and coffee. The plums and blackberries in this sangria complement the plum and blackberries flavors in the wine, and, if you let the plums soak for about an hour, they turn black to match the wine’s color! With its fall flavors and moody colors, this sangria is perfect for your next Halloween party.
You’ll need: Apothic Dark, brandy, plums, and blackberries.
Recipe: Sugar and Charm
This colorful punch is elegant, simple, and, with its timeless mix of fresh lime juice and muddled blackberries, wonderfully refreshing.
You’ll need: Dry rose wine, vodka, blackberries, lime juice, and simple syrup.
A kir is a classic French cocktail that features chilled white wine mixed with berry liqueur. A kir royale follows the same basic premise, but features champagne instead of wine. Simple, non?
You’ll need: White wine (or champagne), blackcurrant liqueur, mixed berries.
Unlike the previous recipe, this spiced sour punch is anything but simple. The addition of spiced rum, sour mix, and aromatic cocktail bitters will give you an entirely new perspective on Moscato.
You’ll need: Pink Moscato, spiced rum, sour mix, orange bitters, aromatic cocktail bitters, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and grape soda.
Recipe: The Wine Bar
Juniper Infused French 75
The French 75 is named after a gun, but with the way this new twist on an old favorite cocktail combines gin, Prosecco, rosemary simple syrup, and a hint of piney juniper, even a pacifist will find it hard to resist.
You’ll need: Prosecco (or champagne), gin, lemon juice, juniper berries, rosemary, granulated sugar, water.
Recipe: Brooklyn Supper
If the black sangria recipe didn’t convince you that sangria isn’t just for summer, try this spiced winter sangria. There simply isn’t a holiday you can’t celebrate with sangria.
You’ll need: Dry red wine, brandy, oranges, apples, orange juice, club soda, sugar, and a cinnamon stick.
Recipe: The Chew
A Bloody Gary is like a Bloody Mary, except instead of being made with vodka, it’s made with red wine…and vodka. And not just any vodka—garlic infused vodka. The complicated layers of flavors make this cocktail a must try the next time you’re out for brunch.
You’ll need: Red wine, garlic vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Lea and Perrins, crushed black pepper, and chili salt.
Recipe: Design Sponge
The recipes listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities for concocting new and different types of wine cocktails are practically infinite. To get a sense for how to create (or enjoy!) the perfect wine cocktail, check out our Wine Appreciation Course!