Got some red wine in the house? Why not try making some red wine cocktails with it? Sure, pouring a glass of red is a delicious idea but sometimes it’s fun to spice it up. Red wine cocktails are also a great way to use all of your wine. Say you open a bottle and it’s not exactly your cup of tea. Wine cocktails blend the flavors into something entirely new. Something you might love.
The Best Red Wine Cocktails
Tinto de Verano (Red Wine of Summer)
Spanish red wine, like Tempranillo
citrus or lemon-lime soda
This drink is simple and delicious. While some recipes call for using 7-up or Sprite, go with something lighter and fresher if you can find it. Fresca is my favorite option. Keep the wine and soda in the fridge so they are nice and cold. Pour the soda about halfway into a glass and then pour in an equal amount of Tempranillo. Garnish with a lemon wedge. That’s it!
This is a delicious poolside drink that works just as well fireside in the fall. Enjoy it with your favorite tapas, tacos or solo. You really can’t go wrong with tinto de verano.
6 oz. cola
6 oz. Tempranillo or other Spanish red wine
The Basques like to just pour out half a can of coke and replace the missing half with wine. Here at the Oethical Oenologist we don’t like to waste, so split a can between two people and top off with equal parts red wine.
Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha
1 cup fresh blackberries
2 medium limes; quartered
6 oz. cachaca (you can find this at a well-stocked liquor store)
2 oz. each Cabernet Sauvignon, freshly squeezed oj, cranberry juice
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (requires about 3 medium limes)
4 oz. simple syrup
thinly sliced lime and orange rounds (garnish)
- Combine blackberries and quartered limes in a large pitcher and muddle well
- Add cachaca, wine, juices, simple syrup
- Garnish with lime and orange wheels and serve.
It’s like Sangria, but easier.
3 oz. rum
1 oz. red wine
1 tspn simple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lime
Combine ingredients by stirring or shaking. For an extra zing add a splash of triple sec. Another fun twist for this one is to top it off with seltzer.
1 oz. crème de cassis
4 oz. red wine
Mix the wine and liqueur in a martini or other glass and you’ve got a delicious version of the Kir, a similar cocktail made with white wine.
UK Sour Scotch
1.5 oz. Scotch
1/2 oz. each lemon juice & cinnamon syrup
1/4 oz. apricot liqueur
This one is all about the visual, so make sure you serve it in a rocks glass. Combine all ingredients except wine in a cocktail shaker. Strain into rocks glass. Gently float the red wine and serve to your soon to be impressed guests.
1870 Sour Cocktail
2 oz. Whisky
1 oz. Meyer lemon juice
3/4 oz. Maple Syrup
1 tspn Blueberry jam
1 oz. Zinfandel
Add all the ingredients except the wine to a shaker and shake vigorously for ten seconds. Fine strain into the glass of your choice. Float the wine on top.
This cocktail is a delight from Dominic Venegas.
Whether you want to experiment with cocktails or mask a less than ideal wine, these red wine cocktails are about to make it into your rotation.