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.

Red Letter Days

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red letter days are those days which carry significant meaning, are important in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to wait for something momentous or noteworthy to happen as reason to celebrate. Our lives are significant.

The other day a friend said to me in a sarcastic sort of way, “I am so lucky.” She’d had a particularly disappointing day. I understood her dissatisfaction of the moment. But, the comment struck me as oddly funny. Because really in all the disappointments we face, each disappointment is a turning point to another direction. One road block allows us the chance to meet someone new, take a journey down a fresh path, and discover areas of talent we might have never considered exploring. It would be a shame to never experience disappointment. We would never grow. We would never appreciate the true bounty of all we have. We might never enjoy true fulfilment. We might never meet the next person who becomes a great friend, business partner or lover. Just think of all we might miss out on if all our days went according to plan, without a hitch, no bumps in the road.

Any day can be a red letter day as long as we embrace the best parts of our lives, focus on making the not so great parts better and can be satisfied with the knowledge that fitting all the parts together will never be perfect.

I hope you have a multitude of red letter days!

Red Letter Days Cocktail Recipe

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3 ounces Barefoot Sweet Red Wine

3/4 ounce Apple Juice

3/4 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Slice Garnish

Combine Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and juices in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime slice.

The Red Letter Day cocktail is deep crimson color, hence the name. This seasonal flavored cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale. Barefoot Sweet Red shines through with fruited sweetness.

This Red Letter Days 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

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch – Make ahead for fall gatherings

Tea is a traditional addition in vintage punches. The ginger peach tea in this delicate autumnal punch weaves in nicely with gentle flavor. There is no biting bitterness one usually experiences with more abrasive, pungent teas. Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Honey adds a nice cider spin to the flavor profile. The flavor fuses a delicate balance between the Riesling’s lilting apple notes and the punch’s sweet citrus flavors.

Just Peachy Punch serves six. It is excellent for fall gatherings. Make this recipe ahead of time, refrigerate and serve when ready.

Just Peachy Punch Recipe

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 6

16 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

12 ounces Ginger Peach Tea*

4 ounces Lemonade

4 ounces Honey

Lemon Wheels Garnish

Place all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Pour into 6 large rocks glasses or decorative glasses over a large cube of ice. Garnish with two floated lemon wheels.

*Ginger Peach Tea – Use Ginger Peach Tea or Peach Tea from the tea bag aisle. Prepare according to package directions using two tea bags instead of one for double strength tea.

This autumnal Just Peachy Punch 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

Lighthouse Lemonade

Lighthouse Lemonade - Barefoot Moscato Wine, Red Berry Vodka, Raspberry Lemonade, Simple Syrup, Lemon Twist

Lighthouse Lemonade – Barefoot Moscato Wine, Red Berry Vodka, Raspberry Lemonade, Simple Syrup, Lemon Twist

Lighthouse Lemonade is lemonade with an adult twist. The sweet juicy peach, apricot and citrus flavors of Barefoot Moscato Wine mingle nicely with red berry and summery citrus lemonade. This is definitely summer porch sipping berry lemonade for adults. Leave lemonade stands for the kiddos.

Lighthouse Lemonade Recipe

Lighthouse Lemonade - Barefoot Moscato Wine, Red Berry Vodka, Raspberry Lemonade, Simple Syrup, Lemon Twist

Exchange Lemonade & Grenadine for the Raspberry Lemonade and Simple Syrup if desired for a slight variation if desired.

Lighthouse Lemonade – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Moscato Wine

1 ounce Red Berry Vodka

1 ounce Raspberry Lemonade

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

Lemon Twist

Build in highball glass or goblet over ice. Garnish with lemon twist. Variation: Exchange Lemonade & Grenadine for the Raspberry Lemonade and Simple Syrup if desired for something a little different.

This Lighthouse Lemonade 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

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