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Wine Cocktails: 4 Recipes You Have To Try

A glass of wine is a refreshing drink as it is. There are plenty of sorts with enough taste to satisfy even the pickiest drinkers. However, wine-based cocktails are a different breed.

They aren’t something many people drink daily but will still leave you amazed after just a few sips. 

But where to start? What are the best wine cocktails to try? 

We’ll tell you all about that.

On our list, you’ll find both red and white wine cocktail drinks and get to learn to make your favorite ones. So wait no more and check out our cocktail recipes and start making wine cocktails ASAP.

Red Sangria

You’ve probably had the American version of this red wine cocktail. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come close to the original Spanish version.

Our refreshing drink won’t be a mixture of ginger ale and sugar. Instead, you’ll try a mix of fresh fruit, good wine, and quality brandy. Check out how to make one of the most famous Spanish wine-based cocktails.

Ingredients

  • Dry red wine
  • Brandy
  • Orange liqueur
  • Sugar
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Green apple
  • Sparkling water

Best Wine Options

Since sangria is a red wine cocktail, finding the best possible option is crucial to getting the perfect result. These are our recommendations for the best red wines you can choose.

  • Malbec 
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rioja Tempranillo
  • Garnacha

There are white wine options for making sangria, but more on that later.

Instructions

There are three simple steps to completing this cocktail recipe. 

Step 1

Start by cutting the oranges and the apples into bite-sized pieces. Keep the peel still on, chop the fruits, and set them on the bottom of the pitcher. 

Sprinkle everything with sugar and stir the mixture. Leave the fruits at room temperature for about 20 minutes before going over to step 2.

Step 2

Once enough time has passed, pour in the wine, orange liqueur, brandy, and lemon cut up in rounds. Stir the mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour. 

Don’t leave it in the fridge for over 4 hours, though. The fruit won’t be as tasteful after too much time in the wine. 

Step 3

The only thing left to do is appropriately serve the wine cocktails. Get a glass of ice and pour the sangria. Top it off with sparkling water to finish the drink. 

Make sure to include some fruits as well. Our recommendation is to use long skewers that make snacking easier.

Aperol Spritz

If you’re ever in need of a light, refreshing drink, the safest bet you can make is going with an Aperol Spritz. It’s bubbly with citrus notes and an acceptable dose of alcohol. What else can you look for in a mid-day refreshment?

Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine
  • Aperol
  • Soda water
  • Orange peel

Instructions

With only two steps in the process, making this cocktail recipe won’t be that difficult. Give it a look and make your own in no time.

Step 1

Start by adding Aperol to an ice-filled glass and stirring it. Then, top everything with sparkling wine and soda water.

Step 2

Squeeze in an orange peel and stir once again, but gently. The only thing left to do is serve with a straw.

Extra Tips

There are a few things to keep an eye on if you wish to take your cocktail-making skills to the next level.

  • High-quality ingredients

The secret to any amazing cocktail hides in the quality of its ingredients. With this one, it’s using top-shelf Prosecco.

Lower-grade sparkling wine will make the drink taste too sweet. Avoid this by choosing champagne with a dry flavor and decent quality.

  • Chill the booze

Make sure both the Aperol and the Prosecco are chilled before making this cocktail. This will minimize dilution.

  • A whole lot of ice

Keeping the drink cold is crucial to this experience. So, don’t skimp on the ice. 

  • The straw helps

Maybe it’s not your first instinct, but use a straw to consume this drink. Your hand warms up the glass, which doesn’t help with dilution.

White Sangria

White sangria probably isn’t the most famous white wine cocktail. Nevertheless, it is still a drink that will leave you amazed after the first sip. In fact, many people prefer it over the original recipe.

Check out what goes into this refreshing mixture and how to make it.

Ingredients

  • White wine
  • Brandy
  • Lemon
  • Peaches
  • Green apple
  • Fresh mint
  • Sparkling water

Best Wine Options

Like other wine-based cocktails, some vino options will suit the drink better than the competition. Take a look at our list and make your White Sangria with one of the recommended bottles.

  • Pino Grigio
  • Dry Reisling
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Albariño 

Instructions

Once again, you need to follow three-step instructions to make this white wine cocktail in no time. Since the instructions are almost identical to those for making the original sangria, there’s no need to mention them twice.

Simply follow the instructions for the first recipe on our list, adjust them accordingly, and you’ll successfully make this drink as well. Many people believe it’s worth the effort.

Once you prepare the drink, give it a sip and see if the claims are valid. In our opinion, it’s even more refreshing than the red wine cocktail.

Rosé Spritzer

If you can’t make up your mind between a red and a white wine drink, go for a Rosé spritzer and make things easier.

Once you try it, you’ll have a favorite happy hour drink for life.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces of Rosé wine
  • 1 ounce Soda water
  • Garnish

Instructions

Making a Rosé Spritzer isn’t something you’ll be troubled with for a very long time. Simply pour the wine into a glass and add the soda water. Give the drink a gentle stir, garnish, and serve.

And there it is. Such a simple preparation for such a refreshing treat.

French 75 Cocktail

French 75 may not primarily be a wine cocktail but contains champagne and surely deserves a spot on this list.

Before making any judgments, give this gin-wine mix a shot and see why we appreciate it so much.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Gin
  • 3 ounces Champagne
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Lemon twist

Instructions

Grab the shaker and follow these instructions to make the best version of the French 75 cocktail.

Step 1

Let’s start with something simple. Make the lemon twist and save the garnish for later.

Step 2 

Place the liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice and give it a good shake for about 15 seconds. Then, strain the drink into a champagne glass.

Step 3

Top off the glass with more champagne. 

Step 4

Garnish the drink, and it’s ready to be served.

Grab a Drink at Root & Bone

Spend your time in Florida with a cocktail glass in your hand. It’s only right you enjoy a refreshment in the warm Miami weather. 

So visit Root & Bone and grab a drink with us. Our bartenders will make the best cocktails you’ll find on the East Side.

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