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6 Winemaker Approved, Holiday-Ready Cocktails

Wines like Port, Prosecco and Muscat are perfect mixers for a wine cocktail. Get your shaker on with 6 winemaker-approved cocktail recipes!

There are moments in life that call for a Dirty Martini or a Manhattan – for all of the moments in between, let a wine cocktail be your drink of choice!

…and while Prosecco and sparkling wines appear in a few of these recipes, Zinfandel and Muscat are also great additions to the cocktail cabinet too…

Not to mention, they help you whip up a festive drink in a flash!

1. Quevedo Family’s White Port & Tonic

Quevedo white port adds a kick of tang and spice to make for the perfect wine cocktail
White Port cocktails are a unique and refreshing thirst-quencher that are both “crushable and bracingly tart!” Photo credit: John Valls, Imbibe Magazine

1 ½ oz. Quevedo Family White Port

1 ½ oz. chilled premium tonic water,
or 50% Port and 50% tonic water

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup (1:1) or agave syrup

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Tools: shaker, strainer lemon twist garnish

“White ports are lighter in structure but equally intense in my opinion,” Oscar says.

2. Mauricio Lorca’s Fireside Cocktail

Mauricio's Malbec makes for the perfect fireside wine cocktail

3 oz. Mauricio Lorca Reserve Uco Valley Malbec

1 oz. cherry juice

¼ oz. simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 oz. club soda, to top

1 sprig of mint, for garnish

“Uco Valley makes Malbecs with structure, concentration and flavor – like deliciously ripe plums and sweet berry fruits,” says Mauricio.

3. Karen Birmingham’s Cozy Mulled Red Wine Cocktail

*Guaranteed to make your house smell like the spirit of Christmas!

Mulled wine is the classic wine cocktail for good reason. Just ask winemaker Karen Birmingham!
Photo credit: Kitchen Confidante

1 bottle (750ml) Karen Birmingham Reserve Lodi Zinfandel

1 c. granulated white sugar

1 c. apple cider

2 lemons, sliced

2 clementines, sliced

Cinnamon sticks, to taste

Whole Star Anise, to taste

2 whole nutmegs

1 tbsp. whole cloves

1 tbsp. whole allspice

Tip: Making mulled wine is a cinch – this can be ready after a 10 minute simmer on the stove! If you’d prefer to make the house smell amazing all day, add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and heat on low.

4. Stephen Millier’s Sweet Wine Spritzer

Stephen Millier's Sweet Wine Spritzer is a wine cocktail made from Muscat
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1 c. F. Stephen Millier Sweet Selections Orange Muscat

¼ c. frozen cranberries

1 lime, cut into 4 thin slices

½ cup seltzer water

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish

“Muscats can age quite nicely,” Stephen says, “but this wine’s fresh fruit charm is its greatest calling card!”

5. The Sacchetto Prosecco Pomosa

6 oz. Sacchetto Prosecco Superiore Col de L’Utia

1 oz. vodka

1 tbsp. pomegranate arils

2 oz. pomegranate juice (alternative peach juice)

1 sprig of rosemary, for garnish

“For the freshest, brightest flavors possible, enjoy this sparkling on arrival!” says Paolo. “It will also age well for the next year or two… if you plan to save it for a special occasion.”

6. Rob McNeill’s Hibiscus Brut Rosé Delight

Rob McNeill's Hibiscus Brut Rose wine cocktail

Rob McNeill Sparkling Brut Rosé NV to taste

2 oz. hibiscus tea, chilled

1 oz. fresh raspberry simple syrup, or sweetener of choice

Fresh raspberries, for garnish

“The bubbles are creamy, and the palate is full of red fruits, like strawberry and raspberry. This Rosé is ready to be enjoyed as soon as it reaches your table!” Rob says.

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If you have another wine cocktail recipe you want us to know about, share your mixology secrets in the comments below!

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