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33 Red Wine Cocktails To Savor With Your Friends

This post was updated on: October 1, 2018

33 Red Wine Cocktails To Savor With Your Friends

Red wine cocktails are popular drinks. Refreshing or warming, for summer or winter, mixed with fresh fruit or spirits, there is the right recipe for every wine lover. And they are great if you want to give a twist to the traditional wine party.

If you need inspiration, have a look at these 33 red wine cocktails to try at the next get-together with your friends. 

1. Sangria

Sweet, refreshing, and light, Sangria is one of the most famous red wine cocktails. As for the recipe, there are dozens of versions of this easily-customizable drink. Our version promotes the use of fresh fruit and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Ingredients

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    1 bottle of sweet red wine;
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    17oz soda water;
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    2oz cognac;
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    2 oranges;
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    2 peaches;
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    1 apple;
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    1 lemon;
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    2 cinnamon sticks;
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    1 vanilla bean;
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    Ice.

To prepare this delicious version of Sangria, squeeze the lemon and one orange, and collect the juice in a container. Cut half of the other orange into slices and the other half into cubes. Dice the peaches and the apple.

Pour the wine into a large glass bowl and mix it with cinnamon and vanilla. Add the freshly squeezed juice, stir and add the sliced/dices fruits. Lastly, add the cognac, seal the bowl with cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Before serving, add the soda water and ice. Serve fresh in wine tumblers.

2. Red Wine Negroni

Boasting Italian origins and a typical dark orange color, Negroni is a charming cosmopolitan red wine cocktail that pairs well with appetizers and snacks. Our friends at Coverguy are fans of this drink. Its dry and unmistakable flavor will certainly wow your guests.

Ingredients

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    2oz red vermouth;
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    2oz gin;
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    2oz Bitter Campari; 
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    1 orange slice;
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    Shredded ice.

Fill a wine tumbler with shredded ice and pour the liquids in. Stir and squeeze in the slice of orange. Decorate the glass with orange peel and serve the drink immediately.

3. Port Melon Cocktail

Refreshing in summer and regenerating in winter, this surprising red wine cocktail will impress you and your guests. The perfumed aromas of yellow melon blend perfectly with the sweet flavor of Port to create an inebriating delight of the senses.

Ingredients

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    2.7oz Port wine;
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    1 small slice of yellow melon;
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    Melon balls for decoration;
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    1 can soda water;
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    Ice.

To make this exquisite drink, reduce the melon pulp to a puree with a blender. Pour it into a high ball glass, add the ice and stir.

Pour the Port and soda water into the glass, stir again, and decorate with melon balls. Serve immediately and pair with blue cheese, Italian ham or light snacks.

4. Peach Red Wine Cocktail

There is a debate whether this cocktail is a drink or a dessert. Regardless of how you call it, these delicious peaches with red wine will become the stars of the party. Dip the soft peach cubes in red wine from Piedmont to achieve the best results.

Ingredients

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    8oz Barolo wine;
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    1 small peach;
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    1oz lemon juice;
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    Mint.

In a small bowl, mix the wine with the lemon juice and shredded mint leaves. Let it macerate at room temperature while you dice the peach.

In an old fashion glass, add the peach cubes and pour the wine. Stir. Decorate with fresh mint and serve.

5. Caipiriña With Blueberries And Red Wine

Caipiriña is probably the most representative cocktail of Brazil. Wine is not one of its original ingredients, yet this daring recipe will make you see this drink with new eyes. If you don’t like calling it Caipiriña, imagine this drink as a Brazilian Sangria.

Ingredients

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    6oz Cachaça;
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    3oz Cabernet Sauvignon;
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    The juice of half orange;
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    A quarter of lime;
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    8 blueberries;
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    1 tablespoon cane sugar;
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    Ice.

Peel the lime and slice the flesh. Crush it in a shaker and mix well with the sugar. Add the cachaça, wine, and orange juice. Stir slowly and add more sugar if wanted. Add the ice, put a lid on the shaker and give it a shake. Serve the cocktail in a double old-fashioned glass.

6. Fruit And Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail

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This cocktail is somewhat similar to Sangria, yet the freshness of the sparkling wine makes it an even greater choice on the hot summer days and evenings. Prepare it in advance and serve it with lots of shredded ice.

Ingredients

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    1 bottle of sparkling red wine;
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    2oz Grand Marnier;
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    1 pineapple;
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    3 kiwi;
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    3 oranges;
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    2 grapefruit;
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    1 small melon;
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    1 spoon cinnamon powder;
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    1 spoon nutmeg;
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    2 cloves;
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    Shredded ice.

Peel all fruits and cut the melon, pineapple, and kiwi into small cubes. Keep a small bowl of cubes aside and blend the remaining flesh together with the grapefruit and oranges. Mix the fruit puree with the spices, add the sparkling wine and stir gently. Let it macerate in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Filter the cocktail into a carafe, add the fruit cubes, the Grand Marnier and stir gently. Serve the cocktail in old-fashioned glasses filled with shredded ice.

7. Cabernet Cobbler Cocktail

A fabulous cocktail created for those who love discovering new flavors, Cabernet Cobbler is easy to make. You don’t have to be an experienced bartender to shake it up, and your guests will certainly love it.

Ingredients

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    4oz Cabernet Sauvignon;
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    A squeeze of fresh lemon juice;
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    2oz soda water;
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    1 tablespoon fine sugar;
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    Shredded ice.

In a large red wine glass, dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice. Add the soda water and fill the glass with shredded ice. Pour the Cabernet Sauvignon over the ice and stir gently.

Garnish the glass with an orange or lemon slice and serve immediately.

8. Lemon Sherry Cocktail

Another refreshing cocktail recipe ideal for the summer parties, the Lemon Sherry combines in an exquisite way the sourness of the lemon with the complex flavors of Sherry wine. A dash of honey adds sweetness to the cocktail.

Ingredients

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    3oz Dry Sherry;
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    2oz freshly squeezed lemon juice;
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    1oz freshly squeezed orange juice;
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    1 tablespoon honey.

This cocktail is very easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a highball glass, garnish with orange and lemon peel and serve your creation.

9. Mulled Port

If traditional mulled wine is exquisite, just imagine how delicious and warming is mulled Port. This drink is ideal for those late fall or winter days when it’s freezing outside and all you want is to get cozy by the fire with your better half or with your friends.

Ingredients

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    5oz Sweet Port;
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    1oz fresh lemon juice;
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    1 teaspoon sugar;
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    Half teaspoon nutmeg;
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    Half teaspoon cinnamon powder.

Pour the wine and lemon juice into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and add the other ingredients. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the mulled Port into a mug and serve hot.

This classic recipe is great to serve after the Christmas dinner or as a warmer after a day of practicing winter sports.

10. Nelson’s Nightcap Cocktail

If you’re into fortified wine, then a Nelson’s Nightcap cocktail will certainly satisfy your taste. And it represents a great way of introducing these complex and flavorful wines to your family and friends.

Ingredients

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    1.5oz Late Bottled Vintage Port;
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    1oz white Marsala;
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    1oz dry Sherry;
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    1 teaspoon Dry Orange Curacao;
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    1 dash Campari bitter;
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    3.5oz lemonade;
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    Ice.

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in all liquids. Shake well to mix the wines together, then strain into a wine goblet filled with shredded ice. Garnish with lemon peels or with a lemon slice and serve chilled.

11. Port Eggnog

Remaining in the fortified wines zone, another cocktail worth trying if you love the unmatched flavors and aromas of Port wine is Port Eggnog. Sophisticated, elegant and tasty, this cocktail is for the connoisseurs.

Ingredients

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    2oz Port wine;
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    1 egg;
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    2 teaspoons white sugar;
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    Milk;
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    Nutmeg;
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    Ice.

Brake the egg and separate the yolk from the white. Whisk the yolk with a teaspoon of sugar until pale yellow and thick. Stir in the milk and Port, add the nutmeg and pour the Port eggnog into a highball glass half filled with ice.

Whisk the egg white until solid, add the other teaspoon of sugar and whisk some more until is foamy and somewhat glossy. Pour a thin layer of egg white on the Port eggnog and serve.

12. Marsala Milked Punch

Another fortified wine cocktail recipe is Marsala Milked Punch. This daring cocktail will satisfy both inexpert enthusiasts and fortified wine connoisseurs.

Ingredients

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    2oz red Marsala wine;
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    8oz milk;
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    1 teaspoon sugar;
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    Ice.

Fill a shaker with ice, pour in the wine and the milk and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into a Collins glass and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Garnish with cinnamon sticks and serve chilled.

13. Red Wine Cooler

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Red Wine Cooler is a simple and refreshing cocktail to serve on the hottest days. You can use your favorite red wine for this recipe, and it’s even fine to use leftover wine to make this delicious drink.

Ingredients

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    4oz red wine;
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    2oz ginger ale;
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    2oz lemon-lime soda;
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    Shredded ice.

Fill a highball glass with shredded ice, pour the wine, ginger ale and lemon-lime soda, and stir well. Garnish the drink with a twist of lemon and a slice of lime. Serve immediately.

14. Red Appetizer Cocktail

If you’re looking for the perfect ice-breaker to serve with your appetizers, this Red Appetizer cocktail might just get the party started. Although you can use any type of red vermouth you like, Dubonnet Rouge seems to be just the right choice.

Ingredients

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    3oz Dubonnet Rouge vermouth;
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    1oz fresh orange juice;
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    Cracked ice.

Chill a traditional cocktail glass in the freezer for about half an hour. Before serving, fill a shaker with cracked ice, pour over the vermouth and orange juice and shake well. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass, garnish with orange peel and enjoy with finger food appetizers.

15. Autumnal Equinox Cocktail

In need of a booster for those rainy and chilly autumn days? When your morals go down, pull yourself up with an Autumnal Equinox cocktail. Rich aromas and flavors make this delicious mix the superstar of any autumnal event.

Ingredients

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    2oz Port;
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    1oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur;
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    1oz Amaretto almond liqueur;
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    Ice cubes.

Fill an old-fashioned cocktail glass with ice cubes. Pour the ingredients over the ice and stir. Garnish with cracked Amaretto biscuits and serve. This cocktail works wonders in the chilliest days, thanks to the warming effect of the liqueurs.

16. Bitter Sweet Cocktail

Among bartenders, there has been a long debate regarding the Bitter Sweet cocktail. Some claim it’s an aperitif. Others say you can only serve it as a digestive at the end of a meal. In the middle of this debate, enthusiasts claim you can prepare and serve this delicacy whenever you like.

Ingredients

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    1oz red vermouth;
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    1oz dry vermouth;
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    3 dashes Campari Orange;
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    1 dash Unicum liqueur;
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    Ice cubes.

Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes, pour the wine and spirits over the ice and stir well. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass, add a twist of orange, garnish with a slice of orange and serve. The Unicum liqueur gives this cocktail an intense herb flavor and a perfect bitterness.

17. Cinzano Vermouth Cocktail

Cinzano is one of the most famous vermouths in the world. The intense aromas and complex flavors of this exceptional Italian wine are complemented by the bitterness of Angostura or Campari bitters, in an explosion of flavors that promises to delight all palates.

Ingredients

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    3oz Cinzano sweet vermouth;
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    3 dashes Angostura bitter;
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    3 dashes Campari Orange;
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    Ice cubes.

Fill a shaker with ice, pour the ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel and one orange slice. Serve the drink with the appetizers or as digestive after dinner.

18. Bloody Pepper

The name might make you think of a traditional Bloody Mary, but no vodka or tomato juice is involved in this recipe. Bloody refers to a full-bodied red wine, such as a robust Merlot, Malbec or Shiraz. While the Pepper in the name doesn’t refer to black pepper but to the famous soda drink.

Ingredients

Choose your favorite red wine glass, chill it in the freezer and fill it with shredded ice. Pour the wine and the soda over the ice, give it a stir and decorate with a cocktail straw. Serve immediately. If you don’t like Dr. Pepper, substitute the soda with Coca-Cola or Pepsi.

19. Devil’s Cocktail

Despite the name, there is nothing “devilish” about this drink. On the contrary! The unique flavors of the Tawny Port match perfectly with those of the dry vermouth. The result? A heavenly aroma that will delight all your senses.

Ingredients

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    1oz Tawny Port;
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    3/4oz dry vermouth;
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    1 dash lemon juice;
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    1 twist lemon peel;
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    Ice.

Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes and pour the wines and lemon juice over the ice. Stir vigorously, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon peel to the cocktail and serve. The lemon juice gives a refreshing touch to these fortified wines, and the cocktail is perfect for dessert.

20. Dawn Chorus Cocktail

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This invigorating drink is perfect for summer pool parties. The peach liqueur gives a pleasant sweetness to the cocktail, while the dash of lemon juice brings a fresh touch to the mix. Everything is crowned by the perfect match between Late-Bottled Vintage Port and high-quality vermouth.

Ingredients

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    1oz Late-Bottled Vintage Port:
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    1oz red vermouth;
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    1oz peach liqueur;
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    1 dash lemon juice;
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    1 dash grenadine syrup;
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    2oz cola soda;
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    Ice.

Shake all ingredients except the cola soda into a cocktail shaker. Fill three-quarters of an old-fashioned glass with cracked ice and strain the cocktail over. Add the cola soda, stir gently, and serve. The cocktail is a perfect party starter and also delicious after dessert.

21. French Monkey

Despite the funky name, this cocktail is very, very easy to make. It is ideal for those who don’t trust their bartending skills and look for a simple but grandiose recipe able to wow all the guests.

Ingredients

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    2/3 glass non-vintage red wine;
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    1/3 glass Orangina soda.

To make this cocktail stand out, it is essential to serve it in a chilled wine glass. Once the glass is ice-cold, mix the two liquids together directly in the glass and serve your French Monkey to your guests. Without a doubt, this is the easiest to make cocktail in the world.

22. Duchess Cocktail

While we have no idea which duchess loved this cocktail, the truth is that the blend of vermouths and anise liqueur is simply exquisite. Try it in the winter or on a cold rainy day to enjoy its explosion of flavors and the warming effect of the spirits to the fullest.

Ingredients

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    1oz sweet vermouth;
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    1oz dry vermouth;
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    1/5oz anise liqueur;
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    Ice.

Fill a shaker with ice cubes, pour the liquids over the ice and shake well. Strain everything into a cocktail glass and serve.

23. Queen Elizabeth’s Martini

We know the Queen has four drinks a day. We also know that she favors fine wine and Martini. These are probably the facts that inspired the name of this delicious cocktail. In the end, maybe the Queen would indulge a glass of this flavorful beverage too.

Ingredients

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    3oz sweet vermouth;
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    1oz dry vermouth;
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    2 dashes Benedictine herbal liqueur;
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    Cracked ice.

It might have a fancy name, but this “royal” cocktail is easy to make. Just shake everything in a cocktail shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve. If you want to give this cocktail the image it deserves, garnish the glass with a few twists of orange peel.

24. Rainbow Sour Cocktail

The Rainbow Sour is probably the most colorful red wine cocktail. Attractive, fun, and delicious, this cocktail is ideal to serve at a bachelorette party or at the next girls night in. Regardless of the occasion, this drink will make you dream prince Charming on a unicorn.

Ingredients

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    1oz dry red wine;
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    1oz apricot brandy;
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    3/4oz fresh lemon juice;
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    1/2oz simple syrup;
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    Ice.

Fill a shaker with shredded ice, pour all the ingredients in, and shake well. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass, add a few cubes of ice and garnish your drink with orange slices and a cherry. To make the cocktail even more colorful, replace the simple syrup with blue curacao.

25. The Rose Cocktail

Another exquisite cocktail promoting fortified wine as a main ingredient. But the twist to this drink is given by the Kirsch, a flavorful liqueur with a delicate cherry aftertaste. A color resembling red roses, the Rose cocktail is perfect for the summer.

Ingredients

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    2oz dry vermouth;
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    1oz Kirsch liqueur;
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    1 dash raspberry syrup;
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    A twist of lemon peel;
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    Ice.

Fill a shaker with shredded ice and mix with the vermouth, kirsch and raspberry syrup. Shake it well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Pour the cocktail back in the shaker, shake again, and strain it into the glass. Repeat two times, constantly increasing the distance between the glass and the shaker.

At last, pour into a clean and chilled cocktail glass. Add two ice cubes and garnish with a cherry and lemon peel.

26. Crimson’s Martini

Crimson’s Martini is not actually a Martini. The drink is not even one of the ingredients. Probably the name is a result of the choice of the glass. Sweet-and-sour, flavorful and refreshing, this tasty cocktail can easily become the party’s favorite.

Ingredients

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    2oz Ruby Port;
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    2 dashes fresh lime juice;
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    1 dash grenadine syrup;
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    Ice.

Simple ingredients go hand in hand with a simple procedure. Therefore… simply shake the ingredients together with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, garnish with a lime twist and serve this delicacy.

27. Lemon-Lime Red Wine

Easy to make and refreshing, this is another great cocktail to serve at a pool party. Parties aside, this cocktail is perfect to serve as an appetizer in a hot summer evening or to enjoy with your friends whenever you want something different.

Ingredients

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    2oz Merlot;
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    2oz lemon-lime soda;
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    Ice.

Like said above, this cocktail is easy to make. Combine the ingredients in a highball glass filled with shredded ice. Stir. Serve. Enjoy!

28. Pink Port Mint

Pink Port isn’t one of the most refreshing wines in the world but the hint of mint gives this cocktail a pleasant freshness and makes it ideal for spring and summer. Ideal for all wine lovers, this drink can become a star of bachelorette’s parties.

Ingredients

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    4oz Pink Port wine;
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    1oz red apple juice;
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    10 mint leaves, shredded;
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    Shredded ice.

Muddle the mint leaves in a jar, add them to a cocktail shaker and add the wine, apple juice, and shredded ice. Shake. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

29. Bishop Cocktail

There are different versions of the Bishop cocktail out there, but this is one of the original recipes. Dating back to the 30s, this cocktail is perfect for those times when you open a bottle of red that doesn’t rise to the standards.

Ingredients

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    2oz red wine;
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    4oz rum;
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    1 dash simple syrup;
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    The juice of half lime;
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    Ice.

To make the cocktail, pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain the cocktail into a red wine glass. The rum dominates the cocktail covering the downsides of the wine, but if you want to make a lighter version, just invert the doses of the wine and rum.

30. Scotch Sour With A Twist

Okay, we know, the Scotch Sour recipe doesn’t have any wine in it. But why not take the red wine cocktails to the next level with this intriguing version of a classic? We promise that you’ll love it. And your friends will love it too!

Ingredients

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    3oz Scotch whiskey;
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    1 1/2oz red wine;
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    1oz apricot liqueur;
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    3/4oz lemon juice;
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    A dash cinnamon syrup;
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    Ice.

In a mixing glass, mix together the scotch, lemon juice, and cinnamon syrup. Give it a good stir and pour it into a classic scotch glass. Drop in a few ice cubes and pour over the wine and apricot liqueur. Stir. Serve. Again, if you’re aiming for a lighter version, just invert the doses of wine and scotch.

31. Clove And Pear Sour

A tempting cocktail, the Clove and Pear Sour combines the aromas of Bourbon with those of high-quality red wine. Use a Cabernet Sauvignon or an aged Merlot to fully enjoy the burst of flavors of this delicious fall cocktail.

Ingredients

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    1.5oz bourbon;
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    1oz red wine;
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    1/2oz pear and clove syrup;
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    The juice of half lemon;
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    1 egg white;
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    Shredded ice.

In a cocktail shaker, mix the bourbon with the pear and clove syrup, ice and egg white until foamy. Strain into a champagne coupe. Helping yourself with the back of a spoon, pour the red wine gently, to form a red layer on top of the foamy bourbon. Garnish the drink with a slice of dried pear.

32. Glogg

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I’d call Glogg an improved version of the mulled wine. Ideal to serve on the coldest days, this spicy cocktail promises to amaze both you and your guests.

Ingredients

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    2 bottles of red wine;
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    1 bottle of vodka;
    1 bottle of vodka;
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    10 cardamom pods;
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    10 cloves;
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    1 cinnamon stick;
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    The peel of one orange;
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    Half a cup almonds;
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    Half a cup raisins;
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    10 dried figs;
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    1 cup sugar

Into a large saucepan, pour the wine and vodka, add the other ingredients except for the sugar. Bring it to a simmer, turn off the flame and set the Glogg on fire. Pour the sugar in and stir rapidly to dissolve it, then cover the saucepan with a lid to extinguish the flame. Pour the cocktail into mugs and serve hot.  

33. Cosmopolitan Delight

Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular cocktails of all times. Featured in dozens of movies and TV series, this fashionable cocktail has become a true classic. But Cosmopolitan Delight brings a fresh flavor to the traditional recipe… and it’s delicious. Try it to believe it!

Ingredients

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    1.5oz brandy;
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    1/2oz orange liqueur;
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    1/2oz simple syrup;
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    3/4oz fresh lemon juice;
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    1 splash red wine;
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    Ice.

Fill an old-fashioned glass with shredded ice. Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and strain over the ice in the glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve. Without a doubt, this is one of those red wine cocktails able to boost your mood and get the party started!

About the Author

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love wine and interest in anything related to it ever since he was a little kid. Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it and has been addicted ever since. Having traveled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa and tasted a large selection of their wines, it is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here and take you along on the journey.

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