Wine Cocktails

Wine Cocktails

Wine cocktails are mixed drinks containing wine and other ingredients. There are quite a number of popular wine cocktails and I've arranged them by the type of wine with which they're mixed. The recipes I've included are considered among the best.

Sparkling Wine

Mimosa

The Mimosa, which is named after the yellow flowers of a shrub grown in Italy, is typically made up of one part sparkling wine and one part citrus juice - usually orange. For more great Mimosa recipes, check out The 68 Most Delish Mimosas.

Classic Mimosa

Fill glasses half-full with chilled, fresh-squeezed orange juice. Top each glass with la Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine. Add a drop of honey or agave for added sweetness, if needed. Garnish each glass with a slice of orange.

For a drier version, use le Cadeau Brut Sparkling Wine instead.

If you want to be fancy and give your Mimosa a little more kick, you can add a splash of orange-flavored liqueur like triple sec or Grand Marnier, which round out the flavors.

Source: WineShop At Home

Merry Mimosa

Fill a sparkling wine flute 2/3 full of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Top with le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine. Add a teaspoon of Grand Marnier. Garnish with a fresh orange slice.

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Strawberry Mimosa

In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup of chopped strawberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 cup of le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine until fully combined. Pour this into 2 sparkling wine flutes and top them off with more bubbly. Garnish with a strawberry slice and serve.

Source: Delish

Piña Colada Mimosa

In a small dish, pour 1 cup of sugar. Rim your wine glasses with pineapple wedges, then dip in sugar. Pour 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and 2 ounces of coconut rum into each flute, then top with le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry, then serve.

Source: Delish

Creamsicle Mimosa

Add 1 oz. of orange juice, 1 oz. of vanilla vodka, and 3 oz. of le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine to each wine glass. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with orange and/or cherry, then serve.

Source: WineShop At Home

Bellini

The Bellini was invented at the infamous Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy, around the time of World War II. It got its name because the drink's pink color reminded the inventor of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th century Venetian artist Giovani Bellini. Its popularity spread to New York and then to the rest of the country.

Combine 2 oz. of fresh peach purée and 3 oz. of le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine in each wine glass. For a variation called the Rosy Bellini, substitute le Cadeau Rosé Sparkling Wine and add a dash of sugar for flavor.

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Flirtini

The Flirtini is a cocktail seen on the TV shows Sex in the City and The Mighty Boosh. It contains vodka, sparkling wine, and pineapple juice.

Combine 1 oz. of vodka, 2 oz. of pineapple juice, and 2 oz. of le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine in a highball or Collins glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top up with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of pineapple.

Source: Absolut

French 75

The French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, sparkling wine, lemon juice, and sugar. It dates to World War I and got its name because it was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.

Shake 2 oz. of London dry gin, 1 teaspoon of superfine sugar, and 1/2 oz. of lemon juice well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Strain into a Collins glass half-full of cracked ice. Top off with 5 oz. of le Cadeau Brut Sparkling Wine.

Source: Esquire magazine

White Wine

Kir

Kir is a popular French cocktail that is usually drunk as an apéritif before a meal or snack. It is made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and then topped up with a white wine, often a white Burgundy or Chardonnay.

Add 5 oz of dry, high-acid white wine to a glass containing no more than 2 teaspoons of crème de cassis. Try it with our Halcyon Chardonnay.

For a Kir Royale, substitute le Cadeau Brut Sparkling Wine in place of the white wine.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Spritzer

The word "Spritzer" comes from the Austrian German word meaning "to squirt." Basically, a Spritzer is a white wine diluted with carbonated water or sparkling mineral water. This is done so the wine can be drunk in larger, thirst-quenching amounts.

For the best Wine Spritzer, choose a wine variety with lots of fruity flavor and very mild tannins. Some good choices include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Pour your wine into a glass and then add club soda or Sprite. Experiment with the ratio to find the right balance for you. Most recipes call for half wine, half bubbly; however, the experts at VinePair recommend a ratio of 2/3 wine to 1/3 bubbles.

Enjoy a Wine Spritzer with our Fleur Bleu Sauvignon Blanc, our Monarch Riesling, or our Halcyon Pinot Noir.

Source: VinePair

Red Wine

Sangria

Summer is the perfect time to pick up some fruit, break out your glass pitcher, and mix up some delightfully sweet sangria! The drink originated in Spain and its name is derived from the Spanish sangre (blood), referring to its color. It's the quintessential summertime cocktail, loaded with fruit and wine - and sometimes other ingredients, such as orange juice and brandy - then chilled to refreshing perfection. Whether for picnics, July 4th celebrations, or for your very own wine tastings, easygoing Sangrias will set the mood for summer fun.

Classic Sangria

Ingredients: 1 sliced apple, 1 sliced orange, 2 cups of sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water, 1 bottle of Fleur Bleu Carignan, 1/2 cup of brandy, 1 cup of pomegranate juice.

Directions: Add sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil until sugar is fully dissolved, creating a simple syrup. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients and stir well. Add in your cooled simple syrup and stir. Chill for at least three hours.

Source: WineShop At Home

Peachy-Keen Sangria

Ingredients: 4 cups of sliced peaches, 2 cups of raspberries, 1 bottle of le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine, 4 cups of Dusk Chenin Blanc, 1/2 cup of peach rum, 1 cup of peach juice.

Directions: Add all ingredients except for the sparkling wine, mix well and chill for at least two hours. Stir in the sparkling wine just before serving.

Source: WineShop At Home

Berry Lime Rosé Sangria

Ingredients: 2 cups of blackberries, 2 thinly sliced limes, 1 bottle of Lumière de Vie Réflexion Rosé wine, 1/2 cup of white rum, 4 cups of lemon-lime soda, ice.

Directions: Add limes and blackberries to a large pitcher and pour wine and rum over the fruit. Cover tightly and chill for at least four hours. Just before serving, stir in lemon-lime soda. Add ice cubes to glasses and pour the sangria over. Voila!

Source: WineShop At Home

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Ingredients: 2 cups of blueberries, 1 cup of raspberries, 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, 3-4 Granny Smith apples (cut into star shapes - use a small, metal cookie cutter), 1 bottle of Adagio Viognier, 1 bottle of la Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling Wine, ice.

Directions: Stir together all ingredients except sparkling wine, apples, and ice. Cover and chill for at least two hours. Stir in the sparkling wine, apples, and ice just before serving. Please note, the longer the sangria chills, the more red it will be. Cut and mix in the apples last to keep them white.

Source: WineShop At Home

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas, and is served hot or warm. It's usually made with red wine, along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. Each of the following recipes serves 4 people. Recommended red wines to use include: Nouveau Muse Zinfandel, Monarch Syrah, or the Fleur Bleu Seven Petals Blend.

Mulled Wine

Ingredients: 1 bottle of red wine, 1 orange and zest, 1/4 cup of brandy, 8-10 cloves, 2/3 cup of honey, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 cup of cranberries, 4 dried orange slices.

Directions: Savor the tastes of harvest with this simple recipe. Simmer all ingredients, except for the cranberries and dried orange slices, for 20-25 minutes. Ladle and serve with cranberries and dried orange slices for a delicious garnish.

Source: WineShop At Home

Mulled Wine with Apple Cider

Ingredients: 1 bottle of red wine, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of apple cider, 1 teaspoon of orange zest, 1/4 cup of brandy, 8-10 cloves, 2/3 cup of honey, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 2 star anise, orange slices for garnish.

Directions: Simmer all ingredients, except for the orange slices, for 25 minutes. Ladle and serve with orange slices for a delicious garnish.

Source: WineShop At Home