Cabernac Margarita – Red Wine Cocktail

Cabernac Margarita

Cabernac Margarita

Our Cabernac Margarita is a variation of the beloved margarita cocktail, the addition of the Cabernet Sauvignon adds an additional dimension to the drink not present in the traditional lime and tequila mixture.  Our take on the classic cocktail makes it pair perfectly with any traditional Mexican dish such as enchiladas or a burrito.  Just mix, serve over ice, and enjoy!

History

The origin of the margarita is one that has been debated over the last near century, because of numerous claims made by mixologists throughout Mexico and Texas that they were the first to create it. What is known however, is that it was first served in the late 1930’s, and was so successful that the drink’s recipe quickly made its way into numerous mixology books. In our variation of the cocktail, the full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon adds depth to drink not present in the traditional recipe.

Recipe:

  • 2 oz of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 oz of Tequila
  • 2 oz of Sparkling lime soda
  • 1 oz of lime juice  

How to Prepare the Perfect Cabernac Margarita

First; add the Cabernet Sauvignon, Tequila, and soda in a glass all over ice.  Next, slice a lime into four quarters and squeeze one of them into the cocktail.  Stir the cocktail and garnish with a sliced lime on the rim of the glass.

Video: How to Make a This Cocktail

Contributed by N. Leighton & A. Slippy

 

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Skinny Senorita – A Sparkling Margarita Cocktail

Skinny Senorita Sparkling Wine Cocktail

Skinny Senorita Sparkling Wine Cocktail

This is a drink that we came up with together because we both like enjoying a nice bottle of champagne and margaritas on a hot summer day on the beach. We thought, hey why don’t we mix these two drinks together and form one awesome tasting one! We fused the essence of sparkling champagne with the ingredients of a margarita to form this fabulous tasting cocktail.

The Skinny Senorita works perfectly as a cocktail before, during or after dinner, and looks similar to a classic margarita but it defiantly has a twist. It is a wonderful complement to a Mexican dinner as well as a fun cocktail for the beach, out on the town, or wherever you want to take it!

We call it “Skinny” because it is served in a tall skinny Champagne flute, rather than the short wide glass that is more common for margaritas.

History and Background 

The sparkling wine we decided to use is Andre Brut. This is California’s go to sparkler since 1966. Made with chardonnay and other white grapes, this wine has fresh notes of pear, lemon and green apple aromas.

Sparkling wine is said to have originated in the Champagne region of France, though there are those who say it was actually developed in the UK, Italy or the Limoux region of France. Although the Champagne region has mastered the art of “method champenoise”, beautiful sparkling wines are produced in many other countries as well. When using the “methode champenoise,” one must implement a secondary fermentation process in the bottle. This produces the carbonation and the nice bubbles. A second method is the tank method where the bubbles are produced within a tank before bottling. Sparkling wine is refreshing and delightful for any and all occasions.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • 6 ounces of brut sparkling wine (We used Andre’s Brut)
  • 2 ounces white tequila
  • 4 T. of Lime Juice
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 T. of granulated sugar 

Instructions

  1. For sugared rim: put about 1 T. of granulated sugar into a shallow dish. Wet the rim of each glass, all the way around with a lime wedge or you can put some lime juice into another shallow dish. Dip each rim into the lime juice or use the lime wedge to coat the rim. Then dip each rim into the sugar. Once you have the rims coated set them aside.
  1. For the Skinny Senorita: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the 2 oz of Triple Sec, 6 oz of c brut sparkling wine, 2 oz white tequila, 4 teaspoons of lime juice. Give it a good gentle shake about 4 times. Then strain your Skinny Senorita into your prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge and Enjoy!  

Video: Making a Skinny Senorita Cocktail

Crafted by M. McEntee and R. Minor

 

Apple Pie White Wine Cocktail

Apple Pie Wine Cocktail

Apple Pie Wine Cocktail

The Apple Pie Wine Cocktail is a semi-sweet beverage crafted to match the flavor profile of the apple pie confection that many people around the world know and love.

History and Background 

The drink name and characteristics were purposefully chosen for several reasons. Mainly the primary reason has already been explained, the ingredients. This drink is made to meet the flavor profile of apple pie desert dishes.

Historically apple pie has been largely an European-American traditional phenomena with recipes dating back to 1380’s. Several European ethnic and nationality groups claim regional differences in their apple pie recipes and are different from American apple pie recipes. In the United States, apple pie is associated with holidays, nationality, apple harvest, and family gatherings.

Already the drink will associate with generally pleasurable and approachable concepts that can easily be promotable. For example, when the various apple growers and consumers celebrate apple seasonality (blossom and harvest), now a beverage could be made to reflect the already existing traditions and coincide with the concept of apples. Another way the drink could be promoted is for “fourth of July” celebrations as a nod to the old adage “American as apple pie”. Even since the drink is made of a grape product it could be utilized in celebrations that involve wine and wine-based holidays. Essentially whenever apple pie would be appropriate so would this alcoholic beverage as named “Apple pie”.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 1 oz. vodka (Recommended: Smirnoff Vanilla)
  • 1 oz. white wine (We prefer Riesling
  • 3 oz. apple juice
  • Vanilla flavoring
  • Cinnamon flavoring
  • Sugar
  • Fresh apple slices – ideally at least 3 different types of apples
  • Lemon juice

Recipe

Blend chilled apple juice, vodka, white wine into a wine glass. Mix cinnamon and sugar to coat apple slices.  Garnish glass with apple slices or drop into drink.  Enjoy! 

Video: Making an Apple Pie Wine Cocktail

Contributed by J. Scott and J. Young

Sparkling Wine Smoothie

Sparkling Wine Smoothie

Sparkling Wine Smoothie

If you enjoy fruit smoothies, then this wine cocktail is for you.  Brimming with fresh strawberries, oranges and mint, this delicious concoction is topped off with sparkling rose wine to give it a perfect kick!  Enjoy during Sunday brunch, by the pool, or anytime you want to relax with a fresh fruit cocktail.

Background

We found a recipe online called a Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail. The ingredients were 2 cups hulled strawberries, 2 tablespoons water, ¼ cup orange juice, 1 bottle chilled Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine, 1 orange, sliced into rounds, and mint sprigs for garnish.

While this was good the puree was just really thick and we wanted to use rose wine and try to incorporate liquor as well. Therefore we modified it and created the Sparkling Wine Smoothie.  This is a recipe that you can let people combine themselves in a party format, or create a mix of the ingredients in advance and chill in the fridge.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • ½ lb fresh strawberries
  • ½ orange juiced with chunks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of gin (or vodka if you don’t like the taste of gin)
  • Sparkling Rose wine (we used Andre) 

Directions

Blend strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, water, and sugar in blend. Place 1/3 cup of mixture in a wine glass.  Top with gin and sparkling rose wine. 

Video: Making a Sparkling Wine Smoothie

Contributed by J. Hampton and J. Reeves

A Girl’s Night In – A Wine & Ice Cream Cocktail

A Girl's Night In Wine Cocktail

A Girl’s Night In Wine Cocktail

This drink is perfect for a girl’s night in, whether you are just hanging out talking, watching movies or having a game night. It is based on the concept of an ice cream float, but with wine.

Background

Llano Estacado Winery is located in West Texas where they have many vineyards.  This particular wine is made with from the Moscato Bianco grape, and is crafted in a sweet fashion with low alcohol.  The unique tangerine-zest and key-lime aromatics come from the grape and a special process called “stopped-fermentation”. The Moscato Bianco grape is originally from Italy, so we call this wine cocktail a combination of the classic tradition of the Piedmonte region with a Texas accent.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 1 Bottle of Llano Pink Moscato Wine (or any pink Moscato)
  • Strawberry soda
  • Vanilla Ice Cream (we like Bluebell Ice cream from Texas)

Recipe

With this cocktail we started by scooping two or three spoons of vanilla Bluebell ice cream into the wine glass. Then we added red Fanta strawberry soda. If you do not want to use Fanta, you could also try Big Red. After those ingredients are mixed, we top the drink off with the Moscato. Be careful while adding both the soda and wine because the ice cream makes them fizzle up and you do not want it to overflow.

Video: Making a Girls Night In Cocktail

Contributed by A. McLennan & L. Wallis

Vino Cello Wine Cocktail with Limoncello and Prosecco

Vino Cello Wine Cocktail

Vino Cello Wine Cocktail

This is a drink that is a modification of Bacio de Limone, an Italian cocktail recipe. The drink’s name gets its reference from its Italian translation for “Lemon kiss.” This drink is a great summer time day beverage that is light and refreshingly sweet. This cocktail works perfectly with light and salty foods, such as cheese and crackers or a seafood dish such as a breaded fish fillet. This drink is perfect for all occasions, it’s great for outdoor leisurely activities, and can be an excellent match with dinners and social outings.

Background

The Prosecco grape, also known as Glera, is a white varietal of Italian origin that has been around since the Roman period. It is a fairly neutral varietal, and is mainly cultivated for use in sparkling wines. Prosecco can be mixed in to cocktails that can be a great substitute for much more expensive drinks such as Champagne. Prosecco came on strong in the U.S. in 2000, and has seen rapid increase in its sales ever since.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 2 Parts Limoncello
  • 4 Parts dry Italian Prosecco (we used La Marca)
  • Crushed Ice or Cubed Ice
  • Rosemary Garnish
  • Lemon Garnish
  • Can add an extra part Limoncello to make drink a little more sweet

Video on How to Make Vino Cello

Contributed by K. Beranis and J. Stushek

The Dirty Julius – A Sparkling Wine Cocktail with Orange Juice and Cream

Dirty Julius Wine Cocktail

Dirty Julius Wine Cocktail

A sweet, creamy and delicious wine cocktail that reminds you of an Orange Julius.  However the addition of sparkling wine and vodka make it a little “dirty,” but fun!

Background 

The idea of our cocktail, the Dirty Julius, started with just figuring out what wine we were going to mix with. For both of us, it was an easy pick since our favorite wine to drink both plain and mixed was champagne. We loved mimosas and wanted to make a mimosa that could be even better than the original.

It started with a simple mixture of the original mimosa, orange juice and champagne, but with an added twist of whipped pinnacle vodka. It tasted good, kind of like a sweet, alcoholic orange creamsicle.  Next we decided to try and mix our drink with higher end ingredients and the best resource we had was the full bar at the restaurant we worked at. It was a great idea since we not only had more options of alcohol to choose from but also the bartending tools that were made for mixing drinks.

We only had one problem when we got there; there wasn’t any whipped vodka to be found. So we had to improvise. We substituted the whipped vodka out for a shot of plain vodka simply mixed with some whipped cream. The drink turned out to be better than what we expected, it was not only sweet but also creamy and delicious.   Thus the Dirty Julius was born.

Recipe 

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 ½ shots of vodka

¼ cup of whipped cream

4oz of orange juice

Top off drink with champagne

 

Directions

Start out with a glass bucket, coat the rim with orange juice that is poured onto a small saucer, then coat the rim with the 1 tablespoon of sugar that is spread out on another saucer. Use an 8oz glass cup and pour the 1 ½ shots of vodka along with the ¼ cup of whipped cream in the cup. Use a mixing spoon and mix the vodka and whipped cream together well, then add ice and pour the 4oz of orange juice into the mixture, cover with a shaker cup and shake well. Strain the mixture over ice into the bucket, top the drink off with the champagne, mix with a straw, and garnish with a blood orange slice on the rim.

Video Showing How to Make Dirty Julius

Contributed by A. DiMichele & B. Charmasson