This port-based version of a classic winter cocktail uses a simple vanilla syrup to add some sweetness and depth.
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Simmering Mexican Coca Cola, brandy, and red wine down into a syrup provides body to this spin on a Manhattan from La Condesa in Austin, Texas. Rye and Punt e Mes coax out the syrup's complexity.
This brunch drink from Southpaw BBQ in San Francisco is like a cross between sangria and soda, with a kick of herbal complexity from Root liqueur by Art in the Age.
Thank goodness spring is finally here. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, I mean, what more could you want? Perhaps a tasty cocktail, that's what. With all the action going on outside, I decided it was high time to create a floral-inspired cocktail. Lavender, a relative to the mint family, is the perfect starting point.
This nontraditional fresh-and-light sangria features rosé instead of red wine, paired with a collection of invigorating citrus like Sumo oranges, kumquats, and lemons. Another layer of flavor is added by infusing the simple syrup with ginger for a subtle boost.
Spring has officially sprung and I for one could not be more excited! With all the things to look forward to, sangria is pretty high on my list. Since we're still easing into the season, I thought it was worth taking a different look at the classic summertime beverage.
This spicy wine cocktail from Jim Meehan of PDT calls for Beaujolais Nouveau, but you can substitute any light-bodied red wine. Balance an apple slice on the edge of the glass as a garnish.
This cocktail from The Country Cat in Portland, Oregon, has everything you need at brunch, and more: grapefruit-infused gin, elderflower liqueur, rhubarb bitters and sparkling wine.
Ardesia in Hell's Kitchen has an impressive cocktail list—and there's not a spirit to be found at their bar. That's right: since their liquor license is wine and beer only, they can't serve gin, bourbon, or vodka, but bartender Damon Gravina has crafted a collection of complex and delicious wine-based cocktails that put sangria to shame. For inspiration, he looked to some of the flavors inherent in wine: fruit and spice, to start. From there, he experimented with vermouth, bitters, and a variety of infusions.
Coffee-infused wine and chocolate bitters makes this an excellent (but not too sweet) post-dinner drink.
Complex, refreshing, and just delicately floral from a dash of rosewater and lavender-infused honey, this rosé-based cocktail is one of our favorites on Ardesia's cocktail list.
Muddled fresh ginger makes this wine-based mojito variation eye-openingly spicy. Add the mint after muddling so that it doesn't disintegrate.
This cocktail from Ardesia in NY plays on some of the flavors of a gin and tonic: quinine-spiced Bonal Quina (available online here) and white wine infused with juniper berries, coriander seeds, and star anise. A dash of celery bitters adds an aromatic vegetal note.
Girly classics like mimosas and bellinis are popular morning cocktails for a reason: they're effervescent, fruity, and perfect for washing down a frittata and a yogurt parfait.
I think it's best to use a dry sparkling wine to pair with the fruit, or the cocktail ends up cloyingly sweet and tasting like a bad hangover waiting to happen. I used a dry sparkling brut rosé from Alsace, France (Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes), which imparts a lovely pinkish hue. A dry Prosecco would be excellent as well.
This cocktail from The Spotted Pig is more complex than it looks—this is a cocktail drinker's cocktail, not a syrupy Kir Royale.
You've got a grill, you've got the grillables. You've got deck chairs and a kiddie pool and hopefully a cooler full of pilsner. But a summer party is even more festive with a big pitcher of sangria. And we're not just talking the standard stuff; here are four fun variations on the classic mix of wine, fruit, and spirits.
Somewhere between spiked lemonade and sangria, this drink looks especially snazzy with slices of starfruit lining the glass.
This sangria has a secret ingredient to boost its fruitiness: a scoop of applesauce adds sweet apple flavor (and just a hint of texture). In the fall, you could garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick.
This sangria is inspired by the Manhattan cocktail, with a bit of added fruit. Be sure to plan ahead—the wine mixture needs to sit for at least four hours for the flavors to mingle.