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Liquor.com: Red Wine Cocktails for the Winter Cold

It's wintertime, and all you want to drink is strong cocktails and full-bodied red wines. Break out of your routine by mixing up hearty red wine cocktails that will blast away the shivers down your spine, thanks to our friends at Liquor.com.

 

 

 

Mainline Wine
Contributed by Alex Day

INGREDIENTS:
•    1 oz Appleton Estate V/X Rum
•    1 oz Claret Cup*
•    .75 oz Fresh lemon juice
•    .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
•    Glass: Rocks
•    Garnish: Orange wedge

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients to a rocks glass and fill with crushed ice. Stir, and garnish with an orange wedge.


Claret Cup*

INGREDIENTS:
•    2 oz Cabernet sauvignon (or cabernet blend) wine
•    5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
•    1 tsp Grand Marnier
•    1 dash Orange bitters

PREPARATION:
Stir together all the ingredients in a container with a lid. Seal, and store until needed.


Francophile
Contributed by Alex Day

INGREDIENTS:
•    1 oz Calvados (apple brandy)
•    1.5 oz Rioja wine
•    .5 oz Cinnamon Syrup*
•    .25 oz Fresh lemon juice
•    3 oz Water
•    Glass: Mug
•    Garnish: Apple slice and cinnamon stick

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until hot. Pour into a thick-walled mug and garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

*Cinnamon Syrup

INGREDIENTS:
•    2 to 3 Cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
•    5 oz Sugar
•    5 oz Water

PREPARATION:

Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for at least 6 hours. Strain, and store in the refrigerator.

 

Gran Paradiso
Contributed by Alex Day

INGREDIENTS:
•    2 oz Barbera del Monferrato wine
•    1 oz Brewed Ceylon tea, chilled
•    1 oz The Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky
•    .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
•    .5 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
•    Garnish: Nutmeg
•    Glass: Rocks

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with a large chunk of ice. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.