Wine Cocktails — Not an Oxymoron

Pretty in Pink -- my own take on a wine cocktail.

Are you so over chocolate martinis and Cosmos?

Then, take a sip of the newest in cocktail creations — ones made with wine.

Scan the bar menu of some of the hottest restaurants in the Bay Area, and you’ll find more and more cocktails incorporating white or red still wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay.

Far from old-school sangria or the wine coolers of your youth, these new wine cocktails are a mix of seasonal fruit, fresh herbs, and house-made bitters and syrups — all designed to compliment the inherent flavors of various varietals.

Take a taste of them at Camino in Oakland, Flora in Oakland, Frances in San Francisco, Bar Tartine in San Francisco and Starbelly in San Francisco, among others.

Read all about how and why mixologists are mixing it up with wine in my story in today’s East Bay Express.

Then, sit back with a Pretty in Pink, my own wine cocktail creation made with crisp Sauvignon Blanc that turns a girly hue when given the shake-shake with sweet pluots.


Pretty in Pink

(serves 1)

1 pluot, rough chopped

2 mint leaves

Handful of ice cubes

1/2 cup of your favorite crisp Sauvignon Blanc

Place pluot pieces in the bottom of a martini shaker. Using a wooden spoon, muddle or slightly crush the fruit. Add mint leaves, ice cubes and wine. Place top on the shaker and shake. Strain drink into a stemless wine glass and garnish with a slice of pluot.

From Carolyn Jung

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Date: Wednesday, 29. September 2010 5:28
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  1. 1

    A wonderful cocktail!



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  3. 3

    I’m not good in alcoholic drink but this looks very refreshing and delicious. Love it.

  4. 4

    I love that your cocktail utilizes pluots. Yum! I love all things wine and wine cocktails are no different. It is another way to enjoy this fabulous liquid goodness :o)

    Off to check out your article!

  5. 5

    Oooh, this looks fab. Also love the fact that it’s less alcohol than other hard liquor cocktails.

  6. 6

    Yum! I’d love to see more wine cocktails. Yours looks delicious!

  7. 7

    I just discovered pluots this summer and I was instantly smitten. :) They sound wonderful in this lovely drink!

  8. 8

    Ooh I’m looking forward to this trend hitting our fair shores soon then! Just in time for Summer I’m hoping ;)

  9. 9

    what a wonderful cocktail! I will serve at the next book-club dinner :)

  10. 10

    This sounds much better than the wine coolers of the past! And, who could resist that color?

  11. 11

    Oh my, this has my name al over it, so pretty, refreshing and delicious. Cannot wait.

  12. 12

    i love the sound of these wine cocktails!! I’ve had a lot of champagne cocktails but never tried wine

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