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Mix Up Your Palate: 4 Must-Try Wine Cocktails

wine cocktails you must try

Sugar, spice, and everything nice. These wine cocktails will make you feel like a Drink Master.

By Gerrard Roberts


If you haven’t watched the Netflix series Drink Masters, you are missing out on premium content. Drink Masters is a competition reality show that highlights some of the world’s most creative and innovative mixologists. The competition included a wealth of diversity, including two black women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and more. After ten rounds of head-to-head battle, the winner won the competition with their creativity and finesse (we won’t spoil it for you!). 

Interestingly, some of the most complex elimination challenges on Drink Master were wine cocktails. These creations required layering flavors with precision to avoid a muddled palate. Taking inspiration from the cocktail competition show, here are a few easy-to-make wine cocktails. If you need wines for your shopping list, check out our Sip Consciously wine directory!


New York Sour – 4 Simple Ingredients

Recipe: 1 Serving

  • ½ ounce of red wine
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup 
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 2 ounces of bourbon


  • Combine the lemon juice, bourbon, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. 
  • Shake for 20 seconds. 
  • Pour chilled liquid into a lowball glass over ice. 
  • Gently pour the red wine of your choice into your glass, using the back of a spoon to help the wine hover on the surface of the glass. 
  • Serve and enjoy. 


Aperol Spritz – 4 Simple Ingredients

Recipe: 1 Serving

  • 3 ounces of prosecco
  • 1 ounce of club soda
  • 2 ounces of Aperol 
  • 1 orange slice


  • Combine club soda, Aperol, and prosecco in a stemless wine glass. 
  • Stir gently. 
  • Slide the orange wedge into your glass or on the rim of the glass. 
  • Serve and enjoy. 


French 75 – 5 Simple Ingredients 

Recipe: 1 Serving

  • 3 ounces of cava or brut 
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup 
  • ½ ounces of lemon juice
  • 1 lemon twist


  • Combine simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. 
  • Shake for 20 seconds. 
  • Pour chilled liquid into a champagne flute (tall tapered conical shape)
  • Serve and enjoy. 


Spiked Matcha Latte – 5 Simple Ingredients

Recipe: 1 Serving

  • 1 ounce of sake (rice wine)
  • 1 cup of oat milk 
  • 2 ounces of cold water
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
  • ½ tablespoon of honey


  • Combine 3 teaspoons of cold water and matcha powder in a 1 or 2 cup measuring cup and whisk together until combined. 
  • Add the remainder of the cold water and whisk until a foam layer appears. 
  • Add the sake to the cold mixture and whisk until combined. 
  • Add honey to the cold mixture and whisk until combined. 
  • Pour oat milk into a jar and shake well. This technique will froth your milk. 
  • Pour chilled matcha mixture into a tall glass or mason jar over ice. 
  • Slowly pour frothy milk over the matcha and stir. 
  • Serve and enjoy. 


Were you surprised that some of your bar favorites are made with a dash of wine? Which of these wine cocktails will you make at home for friends and family? Additionally, if you have any recommendations that should have been listed above, let us know on Instagram!


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