Wines come in a plethora of varietals, giving patrons every taste their palates desire, from fruity to oaky, dry to sweet. But with a little imagination, the flavors wine has to offer can become even more diverse, as wine serves as a base or as an extra kick in cocktails. The wine-inspired libations below will delight guests as they try a twist on their favorite varietal.
Created by Dave Herlong, N9NE Group mixologist.
1 ½ ounces Bacardi Light Rum
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce raspberry purée or muddled raspberries
½ ounce Chambord
½ ounce Cockburn’s Fine Ruby Port
1 ounce club soda
1 ounce lemon-lime soda
4-5 lime wedges
4-5 mint leaves
In a mixing tin, muddle the limes and the raspberries or raspberry purée. Add mint leaves and muddle again enough to bruise and release the oils from the leaves. Add rum, Chambord and port and fill with about 1 ½ cups of ice. Shake well and pour into a tall glass. Add club soda and lemon-lime soda as a float. Garnish with a lime and fresh raspberries.