Category Archives: Wine Cocktails

Wine goes beyond the straight pour and punch style Sangria. See what’s in store for the ordinary bottle of red and white as wine gets mixed into delightful cocktails.

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic – Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

A traditional Kir drink calls for dry white wine and crème de cassis with lemon twist. It is served chilled in a wine glass. Simple. Elegant. The Kir drink is said to be named in recognition of Mayor Canon Felix Kir of Dijon from the Burgundy region of France. The predominant flavor in the Kir cocktail is crème de cassis which is made from black currants. Crème de cassis originated in Burgundy.

Another version and possibly more popular is the Kir Royale. The Kir Royale exchanges dry white wine for champagne or sparkling wine and is served in a champagne flute. The Kir Royale is a sophisticated brunch favorite of many.

While we’re talking Kir cocktails, have you tried the Kir Martini? Yes, of course! The Kir Martini is 2-1/2 ounces Gin, 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth, 1/4 ounce Crème de Cassis. Stir this mixture with ice until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Kir Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary Kir Cocktail variation uses Barefoot Riesling still wine. It is sweeter than the dry white wine traditionally called for in the Kir. When pairing Riesling with gin rather than dry vermouth we come away with a lighter, sweeter cocktail that balances the gin botanicals. Increasing the crème de cassis adds just the right touch to offset any acidity in the cocktail. Blueberries brighten the look of the drink. But the blueberries do serve another purpose. Allow them to soak in the cocktail while you sip and you’re in for a delicious treat once you reach the bottom of the glass. The blueberries soak up some of the flavors of the Kir Cocktail in much the same way fruits soak up the flavor in sangria.

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

1 ounce New Amsterdam Gin

1/2 ounce Crème de Cassis

Fresh Blueberries Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into white wine glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

This Kir Cocktail recipe variation was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

White Peach Sangria Martini

White Peach Sangria Martini - Barefoot Moscato Wine, Peach Vodka, Premium Orange Liqueur

White Peach Sangria Martini is wine, cocktail and sangria all rolled into one.

Happy hour is full of choices. Do you feel like having a glass of wine, a cocktail or mixing a pitcher of sangria? The White Peach Sangria Martini makes this decision easy. It’s wine, sangria and cocktail all rolled into one!

This White Peach Sangria Martini tastes like a luscious peach with barely there hit of fresh fruit peel. This cocktail can also be changed up a little by serving it on the rocks. Place fresh peach and orange slices in the drink as garnish for visual appeal and traditional sangria flair. Either way you decide to serve this drink, it is quick and easy. Happy hour never tasted so good.

White Peach Sangria Martini Recipe

White Peach Sangria Martini - Barefoot Moscato Wine, Peach Vodka, Premium Orange Liqueur

White Peach Sangria Martini

White Peach Sangria Martini – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Moscato Wine

1-1/2 ounce Peach Vodka

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

The White Peach Sangria Martini recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Wave Runner

The Wave Runner tropical drink brings beach feel to back yard cocktailing.

The Wave Runner tropical drink brings beach feel to back yard cocktailing.

The Wave Runner tropical drink brings beach feel to back yard cocktailing. We aren’t all lucky enough to have a beach nearby or vacations planned. But the Wave Runner drink can take us to the next level of paradise while lounging in a favorite chair, sitting on the back porch or reading the evening paper while crisp winds continue to blow outdoors. Catch the wave and enjoy a taste of tropical paradise.

Wave Runner Drink Recipe

The Wave Runner tropical drink brings beach feel to back yard cocktailing.

Catch the wave and enjoy a taste of tropical paradise.

Wave Runner – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Moscato Wine

3/4 ounce Coconut Vodka

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Orange Juice

Orange Wedge Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange wedge.

The Wave Runner recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Cotton Candy Day Cocktail

Cotton Candy Cocktail with Moscato Wine, Passion Fruit Fusion Liqueur and Pineapple Juice. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Cotton Candy Cocktail with Moscato Wine, Passion Fruit Fusion Liqueur and Pineapple Juice. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

We all know how fun cotton candy was to eat as a kid. It can be equally fun to sip now that we are adults. Some Cotton Candy drinks call for a fluff of real cotton candy in the drink. Others call for it as garnish. This Cotton Candy drink doesn’t have any fluff in it, but it just might bring back a few sweet memories.

December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day. Think like a kid. Sip like an adult.

Cotton Candy Drink Recipe

Cotton Candy – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Moscato Wine

1 ounce Pink Passion Fruit Infused Liqueur

1 ounce Pineapple Juice

Peach Slice Garnish – optional

Build in large rocks glass or highball glass over ice. Garnish with peach slice if desired.

I used Barefoot wine and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur during the creation process. Kinky Liqueur is similar, but not exactly the same as the X-Rated brand in taste.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Sagatiba Cachaça Mixed Berry Sangria

Mixed Berry Sangria 070 is an easy five ingredient recipe for a crowd. Riesling wine, Cachaca, Pisco, Coconut Juice and handy bag of flash frozen mixed fruit make this Mixed Berry Sangria easy to put together in just a few minutes. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mixed Berry Sangria – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

This Mixed Berry Sangria is so easy to put together. The five ingredients should take you five minutes or less to build in a pitcher. Make it early in the day for evening serve or make it the day before for next day serve. Mixed Berry Sangria is light, fruity and not too sweet. It finishes out with a beautiful pale pink color.

Mixed Berry Sangria Recipe

Mixed Berry Sangria 050 is an easy five ingredient recipe for a crowd. Riesling wine, Cachaca, Pisco, Coconut Juice and handy bag of flash frozen mixed fruit make this Mixed Berry Sangria easy to put together in just a few minutes. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mixed Berry Sangria is an easy five ingredient recipe for a crowd. Riesling wine, Cachaca, Pisco, Coconut Juice and handy bag of flash frozen mixed fruit make this Mixed Berry Sangria easy to put together in just a few minutes. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mixed Berry Sangria – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 – 750ml Bottle Barefoot Riesling Wine

3 ounces Sagatiba Cachaça Pura

2 ounces Pisco Portón

6 ounces Coconut Juice

1 cup Fresh or Frozen Mixed Fruit

Place assortment of mixed fruits in bottom of pitcher. I used a bag of frozen, unsweetened mixed fruits containing strawberries, peach slices, pitted cherries and pineapple chunks. I selected 4 pieces of each fruit for the pitcher.

Add riesling wine, cachaça, pisco and coconut juice to the pitcher. Stir briefly. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight for best results.

A Word About Frozen Fruit

Frozen peach slice as garnish keeps the cocktail cold and you don't waste cutting into an entire peach for garnish. Score! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Frozen peach slice as garnish keeps the cocktail cold and you don’t waste cutting into an entire peach for garnish. Score! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Fresh berries and delicious fruits have become easier to find year round, but sometimes it’s just handy to have a bag or two of frozen fruit on hand in the freezer. I usually keep an assortment of frozen fruits in the freezer for smoothies, blender drinks such as fruit margaritas and when I want just a single fruit slice or one or two berries for a drink garnish. Frozen fruits come in handy!

Frozen berries are great for dropping into champagne. They keep the champagne chilled and soak up a little bubbly flavor while you sip. That’s a delicious little noshing bonus at the end of the drink. Frozen cranberries make festive floating garnish in holiday cocktails. Layer frozen cranberries with small lime wedges in an ordinary Cape Cod and you have a very festive drink for the holidays without breaking your budget.

We always talk about fresh is best, but there is still room for creative use in the frozen fruit department. Make use of quality frozen fruit. It’s a creative option and valuable time saver!

Sagatiba Cachaca Bottle 018 shown on side laying on basket. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sagatiba Cachaca Bottle – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sample courtesy Sagatiba Cachaça representatives.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com