It's not for everyone, but wine has its place in the cocktail culture that has grown up in major cities over the past few years. Here's some recipes from the organisers of London Cocktail Week and extra tips from 28-50's Clement Robert MS.
Clement Robert, Master Sommelier at 28°-50° Maddox St says there are many advantages to using wine, rather than sprits.
‘The aromas are natural, they are lower in alcohol and more easy to digest.’
‘For example we serve an PXpresso Martini where we essentially replace the coffee liquor by some Pedro Ximenez wine, it gives the cocktail more freshness, higher complexity and it has less alcohol than a traditional Espresso Martini.’
Choosing wine for a wine cocktail
‘Don’t use your Château Pétrus 1982,’ said Robert.
‘I like to use fortified wines, they are lighter than liqueurs and spirits but they have the necessary strength to give the whole drink a delicious lift.
‘For example, we use tawny Port in our Douro Breeze cocktail ; made of Graham’s tawny Port 10 years, grape juice, lemon and amaretto.
‘The taste reminds me of a Negroni cocktail with a wine and almond twist.’
Robert recommends Champagne cocktails as the easiest to try making yourself.
‘You know roughly the result you are going to obtain as Champagne is brilliant at bringing out aromas and adds sparkle to the base ingredients you are using.
‘Try a Kir Imperial: Chambord, raspberry purée and Champagne.’
Wine cocktail recipes from London Cocktail Week
75ml Tio Pepe Fino,
15ml elderflower cordial
dash of lemon
Top with soda , garnish with a lemon wheel and cucumber slice
Available throughout LCW17 at Sack – 9 Christopher St, London EC2A 2BS
15ml cocchi americano
2x dash white soy
Grated Tonka bean
Stirred and served in a rocks with ice
Available throughout LCW17 at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – 15 Westland Pl, London N1 7LP
20 ml Campari bitter
15 ml Stolichnaya vodka
15 ml Fiorente Italian elderflower liqueur
10 ml red wine reduction with cloves, cinnamon, star anise
Topped with Franciacorta and garnish with a flamed lemon peel
Available throughout LCW17 at Ritorno – 442 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LQ
40 ml of Camut Calvados
15 ml Manzana Verde
20 ml Lemon Juice
10 ml of sugar syrup
Top up Gewürztraminer wine and serve with a crystal pear garnish in a Riesling glass
Available throughout LCW17 at Bellanger – 9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH
1 bar spoon shredless orange marmalade
20ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
Shake & single strain, serve up in a coupe.
Available throughout LCW17 at Every Cloud – 11A Morning Ln, London E9 6ND