Turning Your Favorite Wine into a Tasty Cocktail

If you love sipping a glass of your favorite white, red, or rose, then wine cocktails could be the right choice for you when you want something a little different. Wine can make a surprising and tasty base for cocktails when you’re in the mood for serving up a departure from the standard liquor-based fare. Wine cocktails can also make a good choice when you’re hiring a professional bartender, since you can cut back on the number of different full-bar ingredients you need to stock. Here are some recipes to discuss with your bartender for wine-based cocktails.


Sangria is a classic wine cocktail, but there are endless variations on the theme to enjoy. If you want a fall-friendly sangria, use a rose paired with apples and cranberries that have been mixed with cinnamon, anise, and cloves. For a tart and fruity flavor, mix Beaujolais with raspberries. Mix any combination of seasonal fruits with your wine for to make the right sangria for your occasion, and don’t shy away from adding additional flavors with herbs and spices for a unique taste.


If you love white wine but want a break from the traditional white wine spritzer, try a Sonoma. This cocktail mixed unoaked Chardonnay with subtle flavors for a cocktail that is sippable any time of the year. In addition to the Chardonnay, you will need Calvados, honey syrup, verjus, and a few drops of an optional saltwater solution.

Mulled Red Wine

Red wine cocktails aren’t as common as white and rose-based drinks, but red wine is the perfect foundation for a cool-weather sip. Start with a fruity red, and warm with dark brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, fennel seeds, and black peppercorns. The drink is sweet with a kick and warming on a cold night.

Your Professional Bartenders Unlimited bartender can help you come up with a list of wine-based cocktails perfect for your gathering. Book our bartending staff in Tucson for your next event by calling (520) 721-1577.