Wine: Senses stirred, not shaken

Red wine is not the first ingredient that springs to mind in relation to cocktail making, but including port, mead and vermouth in the mix opens up a world of possibilities

28th March, 2021
Wine: Senses stirred, not shaken
The New York sour combines the elements of a classic whiskey sour with a red wine float on top. Picture: Shutterstock

The public perception of cocktails has long been as varied as the ingredients that can be used in them.

While sometimes viewed as full of allure and the ultimate in refinement, cocktails have also won a reputation for being teeth-achingly saccharine monstrosities. Depending on the establishment and the ingredients used, both perceptions have merit.

When approaching mixology, red wine is not the most immediate ingredient that springs to mind. However, broadening our concept of wine...

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