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New wine-inspired drinks are trending everywhere, and the sky’s the limit on interesting concoctions. Lucky for us, Northern Michigan’s Black Star Farms on Leelanau Peninsula is mixing things up and sharing their recipes for these popular wine cocktails.
This first recipe, to be taken quite “siriusly;” is one you won’t want to miss if maple flavor delights your palate. Though simple to make, Siriusly Maple is a stimulating cocktail infused with a counter sweetness for balanced and aromatic beverage.
- BSF Sirius Maple Dessert Wine
- BSF Apple Brandy (or substitute Apple Brandy with any whiskey or bourbon).
Directions: Mix an equal amount of BSF Sirius Maple Dessert Wine with BSF Apple Brandy and serve over ice.
For the next two, we’re breaking out the bubbly. Nothing is more festive than a sparkling wine, and a little dazzle in your life is perfect anytime of the year. Dazzling Raspberry is a light and fun bubbly option.
- BSF Bedazzled (sparkling wine)
- BSF Sirius Raspberry
- 1 to 3 Raspberries (optional)
Directions: Blend equal parts of BSF Bedazzled with BSF Sirius Raspberry and add one to three raspberries, if desired.
If you prefer a little more kick in your drink, give French 75 a try. The gin in this bubbly cocktails offers the perfect contrast to the sweetness of bubbly and syrup.
- 5 ounces of BSF Bedazzled (sparkling wine)
- 5 ounces of gin
- 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of simple syrup
Directions: Blend ingredients above, pour over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Well worth the effort, this next wine cocktail takes a bit more time. The result is a light and fresh beverage for easy sipping. It’s great for anytime of the year, though the back yard deck is calling for this one.
Strawberry Basil Riesling Lemonade
- 6 ounces of BSF Late Harvest Riesling
- 4 strawberries
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1 sprig of basil
- 1 ounce lemon juice (freshly squeezed recommended)
Directions: Blend all the ingredients excluding the Riesling and strain into a tall glass with ice. Pour the Riesling on top and garnish with a slice of strawberry and lemon.
Pouring the wine on top offsets other elements in the cocktail that brings out unique flavors with each and every sip.
Getting back to the basics, sangria is about as essential as it gets. Everyone needs a good Sangria recipe, of course, and you can’t go wrong with BSF Sangria, which is loaded with aromatic fruit flavors.
- BSF Pinot Noir
- BSF Cherry Apple Cider
Directions: Blend equal parts of Pinot Noir and Cherry Apple Cider. Pour over ice and serve.
So, the next time you’re ready for a cocktail, try one of the these wine-infused recipes that boast robust flavors that are sure to take your taste buds to the next level; then venture into a few concoctions of your own.
To visit Black Star Farms, call 231-944-1270, see them at 10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 or visit them on-line at www.blackstarfarms.com.