24 Creative Wine Cocktails

It's Time to Dress Up Your Wine

French Pear Martini

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Wine is far too interesting and diverse to be relegated to spritzers. Whether you have a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine on hand, you can use it to mix up some fascinating wine cocktails. From fruity sangrias for a party to imaginative recipes with new flavor pairings, these drink recipes offer an exciting taste of wine's potential, no matter the season or occasion.

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    Rosé Berry Bliss

    Rose Berry Bliss Cocktail Champagne Recipe

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    Pink is the theme of this lovely and sparkling wine cocktail. It's perfect for any affair—from fancy to casual—particularly smaller spring and summer parties. The rosé berry bliss is made by the pitcher and begins with a blush pink wine. The blueberries and pink lemonade come out of the market's freezer section, which makes this an incredibly easy drink. The flavor is wonderful and your guests will never know how little effort you put into it.

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    Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

    Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

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    When the winter winds begin to blow, few drinks are as comforting as mulled wine. It's a classic addition to winter parties and—just like sangria—there are many ways that you can build off its foundation of flavor. The mulled pomegranate warmer requires two bottles of red wine which are paired with a fantastic pomegranate liqueur. When heat is applied, the flavors meld and the citrus-spice aroma is just as inviting as the drink itself.

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    Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

    Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

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    Refreshing, fruity, and a fabulous party drink for summer, it's hard to beat this raspberry lemonade sangria. It requires just six ingredients, including your favorite white wine and fresh raspberries, and mixes up in minutes. When you use homemade lemonade, it's just a little better and sure to be a hit with all your guests.

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler

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    Your holiday celebrations will be complete with this sparkling cocktail. It begins with a muddle of fig, orange, and cranberry, which is then topped with vodka and Prosecco. The recipe is incredibly simple, but the figgy sparkler's taste will amaze everyone who drinks it.

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    White Peach Sangria

    White Peach Sangria

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    Sangria comes in many flavors today and no matter which recipe you choose, there's no doubting that it is the ultimate wine punch. This white peach sangria is a lighter and brighter recipe that's perfect for summer parties. For this recipe, choose a classic white wine. The mango-flavored rum is another fun twist. The peach schnapps brings in a fruity flavor while adding a hint of sweetness, which plays very well against the bright citrus.

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    Fall Sangria

    Autumn Sangria With White Wine, Pomegranate, and Green Tea
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    There really is a sangria for every season and this recipe is ideal for any autumn affair. Filled with complex layers of flavor, including green tea, pomegranate juice, brandy, and gin against a dry white wine base, the fall sangria holds nothing back. Adding fresh apple, pear, and orange, along with a hint of sweet cinnamon, finishes off the seasonal taste wonderfully.

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    Mango Passion

    Two fresh mango daiquiris, decorated with a slice of pineapple, set on a bar counter and waiting to be savoured.
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    Fresh mangoes are the star of this big-batch cocktail that's inspired by the beaches of Thailand. The vodka and sparkling white wine give the mango passion a fascinating base and you'll love how the tropical fruit plays off the rich taste of maple syrup.

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    Moscato Ginger Iced Tea

    moscato ginger iced tea

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    Sweet Moscato is paired with ginger spice in a pitcher of iced tea that's ideal for a backyard barbecue. The recipe for Moscato ginger iced tea is very easy to pull together for last-minute entertaining. Despite its simplicity, the flavor combination and light sparkle are sure to tantalize the taste buds and pair well with whatever is on the menu.

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    White Wine Mojito

    White Wine Mojito

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    Mojitos for everyone! Inspired by the famous rum cocktail, this white wine mojito is a low-proof pitcher drink designed to quench thirsts at an intimate gathering. It comes together in just a few minutes and no one will be able to resist that refreshing combo of mint and lime on a warm day.

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    Bishop Cocktail

    Bishop Cocktail

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    Let's say that you have a bottle of red wine that's not quite what you expected. You don't want to waste it, but you're done trying to 'enjoy' it on its own. What can you do? Mix up a bishop cocktail, of course! Rum makes any wine better and you can view this recipe as a simplified sangria. Be warned, there are 'bishop' recipes out there that skip the rum, which is an unnecessary shortcut. This is one of the original recipes and it is straight out of the 1930s.

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    Glamour Girl Martini

    Glamour Girl Martini
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    The glamour girl martini is a beautiful use for your favorite rosé wine. It's like a lighter version of the cosmopolitan but with a peachy twist. Mix it up for girls night or whenever you simply want to treat yourself to a simple, satisfying martini.

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

    Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

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    This is the ultimate spring and summer party recipe. The strawberry rhubarb sangria offers a taste of one of the best flavor combinations you will find. Starting off with homemade rhubarb syrup, then adding Pinot Grigio, vodka, St. Germain, and fresh strawberries and lime, it's an absolute pleasure to drink.

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    French Pear Martini

    French Pear Martini
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    Champagne is the wine of choice in the French pear martini. With its soft floral and fruit flavors, it makes a wonderful dinner or brunch drink, especially when served alongside light fare. You'll also appreciate the easy of mixing up this three-ingredient cocktail and find the combination of elderflower and pear fascinating.

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    Kir

    Kir
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    Of all the liqueurs in the bar, crème de cassis is any wine's best friend. With this single ingredient you can mix up an astonishingly easy wine cocktail anyway you like it. Crème de cassis is a sweet liqueur with the flavor of black currants. The dark fruit flavor pairs perfectly with a dry white wine, but there's no reason to stop there. Go with Champagne to transform it into a Kir royale or switch to red wine and you have a cardinal cocktail. All of these cocktails are brilliant in their simplicity.

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    Candy Corn Cocktail

    Camarena Tequila Candy Corn Cordial Cocktail

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    Wine isn't off the table for Halloween parties, either! You'll need to pick up a sweet Moscato for this candy corn cocktail, but that's not even the most interesting ingredient. The first step is to infuse kettle corn into a bottle of gin. Once that's ready, all you need to do is mix it with the wine and a sweet citrus grenadine, then add a candy corn garnish.

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    The Something Blue

    The Something Blue Cocktail

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    One of the best and easiest wedding cocktails you will find, this simple three-ingredient recipe is a pure delight. It plays off the old adage "something borrowed, something blue" and you know it's hard to resist a blue cocktail! Not only does this wine cocktail have a great look, it tastes great, too. Most of the flavor comes from the tropical fruit blend of Hpnotiq liqueur, which is lightly accented by a soft white wine and sparkling ginger ale. It's quite lovely.

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    White Wine Spritzer

    Easy White Wine Spritzer Cocktail Recipe
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    We'll begin with the easiest wine cocktail imaginable. The white wine spritzer is nothing more than adding sparkling water or the clear soda of your choice to a glass of white wine. Why is this important, you ask? The recipe is a simple way to dress up any wine you have, it's great for parties and even saves a little money. It's also a simple trick that allows you to enjoy a sparkling wine without the need for another trip to the store.

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    UK Sour

    Highland Park Scotch Whisky UK Sour Cocktail Recipe
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    It's time to step beyond the basic drinks and take the wine cocktail to a new level of intrigue. To begin with, let's mix up a scotch recipe that will tantalize your taste buds with this fun spin on the popular Scotch sour. It starts off with a single malt scotch and adds lemon and cinnamon syrup for the sweet and sour elements. Add a splash of a fine apricot liqueur, then a float of red wine and you're ready to dazzle anyone who drinks it.

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    Gold Mine

    Gold Mine Cocktail
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    Fortified wines make a regular appearance along the bar. While vermouth is used all the time to construct our favorite martinis, sherry often takes a back seat. This is not the case in the gold mine, where the wine stands firm. This is a very interesting cocktail recipe that has an old-school style. The scotch, Galliano, and sherry pairing is tantalizing; the lemonade and lime refreshing; the egg white adds its signature foam. It's perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.

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    Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé

    Van Gogh Vodka's Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé - Blended Rose Wine Cocktail
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    The pink wine slushy known as a frosé offers infinite flavor possibilities and it's a great summertime drink. In the pomegranate grapefruit frosé, you'll enjoy the sweet fruit taste of pomegranate vodka against the tart flavor of grapefruit juice. It's a fabulous use for those last few ounces of rosé wine left in the bottle.

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    Liquid Lust

    Liquid Lust Tequila Punch

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    A soft and gentle tequila punch, the liquid lust recipe holds a beautiful array of flavors. You'll start by making hibiscus syrup using the floral tea, then mix that with tequila, white wine, and cranberry and orange juices. Give it some sparkle with club soda, garnish it with fresh citrus fruits, and your spring party punch is ready for guests.

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    Brazilian Sangria

    Brazilian Sangria

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    The Brazilian sangria is a recipe made for one and the taste is an experience unlike any other. Choose any seasonal fruits you like to muddle with the spirit-filled base of cachaça, Spanish brandy, and—to make it really interesting—absinthe. Once that's complete, finish your cocktail with a red wine float, sit back and enjoy your creation.

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    Frisco 49

    Frisco 49 Cocktail
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    Styled after the classic French 75 cocktail, this recipe is a wonder to behold. The Frisco 49 recipe is filled with homemade ingredients, including a pear-infused gin and a roasted honey peach syrup. Once those are complete, you'll simply add a little lemon and your favorite sparkling wine.

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    Plumdog Millionaire

    Plumdog Millionaire Cocktail with Bulldog Gin

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    When you want to treat yourself to a truly unique cocktail, pick up a bottle of Japanese plum wine. It's the key ingredient to the plumdog millionaire cocktail. Known as umeshu in Japan, in this recipe, its sweet taste is paired with an equally charming gin and the two flavors are married with lavender soda.