Wine cocktails are light and easy drinks. Mixing up a small batch of sangria or a wine spritzer is a great way to use up an open bottle of wine.
For a refreshing spritzer, combine rose wine with orange liqueur, carbonated water, orange bitters and fresh lemon.
Rose Wine Spritzer Recipe
4 ounces rose wine, chilled (I used a Cabernet Franc rose)
1/2 ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
Few dashes orange bitters
1 ounce sparkling water, chilled
In a glass filled with ice combine chilled rose wine, orange liqueur and orange bitters. Top with sparkling water; garnish with lemon slices.
Makes 1 cocktail
More wine cocktails:
White Wine Spritzer from Bourbon and Honey
Small Batch White Sangria from Drink and Cocktail Recipes
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Sangria is usually reserved for parties because recipes that call for a bottle or two of wine are meant to serve a crowd. When you want only a few glasses of sangria, a small batch recipe is the answer. I usually mix a small batch of sangria when I have a bottle of wine that’s been open a few days. Recently, I used a partial bottle of rose wine to make pink sangria. A garnish of fresh peaches, blueberries and extra lemon made it especially delicious.
Small Batch Rose Wine Sangria Recipe
1 cup chilled rose wine
1/2 ounce brandy
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
Fresh fruit such as lemon, peaches, blueberries
In a mixing glass combine wine, brandy, orange juice, lemon juice and 1/2 ounce simple syrup; stir to mix. Taste for sweetness; add more simple syrup, if needed. To serve, add to 2 glasses filled with ice. Garnish as desired with fresh fruit.
Makes 2 drinks
What is simple syrup? Simple syrup is 1 part granulated sugar dissolved in 1 part water.