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3 Wine Cocktails Your Customers Will Love   

There’s nothing better than a glass of wine at the end of a long day—except, perhaps, for a great cocktail. So why settle for one or the other when you could have both? Wine cocktails of some sort or another have fallen in and out of fashion for about as long as humans have known how to coax alcohol from grapes and other edible flora.


Today, wine cocktails endure and can be a great way to mix up your beverage game. If you’re typically more of a cocktail drinker, adding sparkling, still, dry, or sweet wine to your drink creations can add a whole new layer of complexity. For the calorie-conscious or those who prefer a lower-alcohol tipple, cocktails that use wine rather than stronger spirits can be a wise and delicious choice.


On the other hand, oenophiles can discover a whole new way to appreciate the best qualities of their favorite wines by combining them with spirits and other ingredients that complement their flavor profiles and other characteristics. Sparkling wine can be used to add a little spritz to a cocktail, and fortified wines can add depth of flavor and, sometimes, a touch of sweetness. Although we don’t recommend making cocktails with a wine you don’t enjoy enough to drink on its own, wine cocktails can also be a great way to make use of a simple yet inexpensive good-quality wine that may not be as interesting on its own. 


From old standbys to more esoteric delights, there’s a wine cocktail out there for just about everyone who enjoys drinking. These are five of our favorites to get you started, along with the recommended wine styles to make each recipe really shine.

French 75

Wine cocktail

The French 75 is named for the fast-firing 75-millimeter field gun that was utilized by the French during World War One. Consisting of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne, the drink is a lot friendlier than the name implies.


  • 1-ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne (or other sparkling wine)
  • Garnish: lemon twist



Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a Champagne flute.Top with the Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

Watermelon cocktails

We love this ultra-refreshing watermelon rendition that combines pureed watermelon with wine and club soda. It works perfectly with a crisp, dry, unoaked white wine such as pinot grigio.


  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed and chilled
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 cups white wine, chilled
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: 4 watermelon wedges


Add the watermelon and agave nectar into a food processor or blender, and pulse until smooth. If desired, pour through a cheesecloth to strain. Divide the mixture among 4 rocks glasses. Top each glass with equal parts white wine and club soda (about 1/2 cup each). Garnish each glass with a watermelon wedge.




Wine cocktail with garnish

White and sparkling wines don’t get to have all the fun. Red wine can be used in cocktails too. The Kalimotxo, a Spanish invention popularized in the 1970s, is one of the most popular creations, a 50-50 mixture of red wine and Coca-Cola. This refreshing summer sipper works best with a wine that tips its hat to the drink’s Spanish origins, such as a youthful joven-style Rioja.


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce maple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 ounces lager, chilled
  • garnish: orange half-wheel


Add all the ingredients into a wine glass or rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice.