This is the first of a hopefully regular installment of cocktail recipes featuring…you guessed it – wine! Wine cocktails were popular drinks before Prohibition, and we think it’s high time to bring the old classics back.
For our first Wine Cocktail here at Cheap Wine Girls, we made a Raspberry Wine Punch adapted from a recipe on Chow.We omitted the Kirsch because we don’t know what the f*** that is, and didn’t need it diluting our wine. For any upset Kirsch aficionados out there – we don’t apologize. We didn’t miss it.
Also, we didn’t happen to have any gin handy, but since gin is basically just vodka with herbs, we went ahead and used vodka. So sue us.
Raspberry Wine Punch (makes enough for 6 cocktail glasses)
- 1 cup raspberries (we used fresh, but frozen is fine) plus more for garnish
- 6 ounces vodka
- 8 ounces dry white wine (we used La Ferme Julien – a French white blend, $4.99)
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (heat up a 1:1 mixture of sugar and water until dissolved)
- 8 ice cubes
1. Mash raspberries in a bowl with the vodka and let sit for 2 hours.
2. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds, then strain mixture, discarding the solids.
3. Rinse blender, and then pour the raspberry/vodka mixture back in, and add the rest of the ingredients.
4. Blend until the ice is crushed (about 10 seconds).
5. Shake it up in your cocktail shaker, with a few more ice cubes for good measure, and pour!
NB: If you don’t feel like waiting two hours for a drink (as the raspberries sit), go ahead and pour yourself a generous glass of whatever wine you’re using. We won’t tell.