Red Wine Cocktail Recipes

Wine cocktail week!!  Yeah!!  This whole week I’ll be sharing a different cocktail recipe that also features wine.  Be sure to come back each day to see what I’m sharing.  Red wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*BIG thank you to One Hope Wine for sending me wine to use in this wine cocktail recipe! 

It was bound to happen.  I like wine.  I like cocktails.  And I wondered how they would work together.  Today’s cocktail is a red wine based cocktail.  And while I am not a big red wine fan, I was certainly not going to ignore an entire color of wine and exclude it from this series.  Besides, this recipe also features tequila.  And I’m finding that I really like tequila.

Sharing a series of wine based cocktail recipes some featuring @onehopewine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve been wanting to do this series for a while but one thing a blogger has to think about when doing a series is the cost. Imagine how many bottles of wine I would have had to buy if One Hope Wine hadn’t graciously sent some to me when I reached out to them.  I know lately there has been a big to-do about sponsored posts and how bloggers should only share things that they love with no brand tie in.  But my blog is also a business and I need to try to find ways to off set my costs.  I hope you know by now that I only share brands that I feel a connection to (for real Hot Shot bug spray is a savior to me and my extreme hatred of ants – none of that post was a put on just to get a paycheck). If you aren’t familiar with One Hope Wine they are a fantastic company that raises money for a multitude of causes. I absolutely back that with all my heart. So while this isn’t a sponsored post, per se, they are making it possible for me to share what is on my heart, you know, like really important wine cocktails…So please show them some love.  

Whoa.  Where’d that come from.

Tequila and wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comPinot Noir and tequila.  Why not! And grapefruit soda.  Ok.  I had NO idea how this cocktail would taste.  Which is part of why it was so fun to do this series.  It was a really fun way to explore cocktails a little bit more and figure out what flavors go with what wine.

Wine based cocktails:  Pinot Noir and Tequila recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause I have never worked with wine in cocktails before (aside from sparkling wine) I decided that I would do a little internet research and see what I could find.  The cocktail I made was found on Cosmopolitan site in a round-up of other wine cocktail recipes.  They called it the Red Splash.

Tequila and Pinot Noir based cocktail //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe recipe couldn’t have been easier.  You literally add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up and then strain in to a glass with ice. 

Red Wine based cocktail with @onehopewine Pinot Noir // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis first wine cocktail was ok.  I could certainly taste the red wine but it was really nice with the tequila and the grapefruit soda. This was not my favorite of the ones that I’ll be sharing the rest of the week but it was fun to try something new. 

Red Wine Spritzer Recipe with @onehopewine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also thought I would try the Pinot Noir as a red wine spritzer.  All you need is a little lemon lime soda and wine. Again, not my favorite but it was worth a try. 

Red Wine Spritzer with @onehopewin //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also got to use a cute little cocktail stick in it.  So that was fun.  

Red Splash via Cosmo

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave
  • 2 oz grapefruit soda

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with lime.
  4. Enjoy!
  5. Recipe from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=7
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/red-wine-cocktail-recipes/

@onehopewine Pinot Noir //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comExcited to share the other cocktail recipes with you all week-long! Thank you One Hope Wine for allowing me to create some fun posts this week without putting me in to debt.

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Cucumber Margarita for National #TequilaDay

*I was sent Casa Noble tequila. I am very grateful for liquor companies that send me product so that I can share the cocktail posts that I would share with you anyway.  Do you know how much it costs to buy a bottle of liquor just for one post?  BTW, Casa Noble is delicious. But as always, all opinions are my own. Awesome recipe for cucumber margaritas!  Perfect for #TequilaDay  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou HAVE to make this drink! Aside from being crazy delicious, it is also a drink that was made for us on my recent trip to Villa del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico. Don’t worry.  I’ll have a full post soon on why I love it there so much but in the mean time, I thought I would share this Cucumber Margarita recipe. After all, today is National #TequilaDay. I was really inspired by a lot of different things on our trip. And when I got home I found that I was missing the food and drinks and have been trying to recreate them.  This drink has tons of memories tied to it from the trip. One of my favorite things about it is that it was made by a bartender who grew up about 15 minutes from where I did! Every single staff member was amazing and Jorge was no exception. I really enjoyed hearing his story and finding out how he ended up in Baja California. And he made a mean cucumber margarita.

What you need to make a delicious cucumber margarita for #TequilaDay  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTo make your own cucumber margarita, you will need a gorgeous tequila, like this one from Casa Noble, Triple Sec, a fresh cucumber, fresh squeezed lime juice, a lime wedge and some Tajin. What is Tajin, you ask? It’s a seasoning. All I know is Jorge rimmed my glass with it for the cucumber margarita and I’m addicted. I am not a salt on my margarita glass gal but THIS is delicious!  This is totally not sponsored it is just a new product that I found and love and you need to know about. (Damn, this disclosure stuff is the pits). On my first grocery store trip after I got home, I walked in to the market and there was a table set up with tons of Tajin and a rep. Of course I made a beeline for the table. I took that as a sign that I was supposed to buy some. It is easy to find in the Mexican section of most grocery stores. Or maybe it is just easy for me since I’m in So Cal. I’m certain you can buy it online if you have to.  And you HAVE to.

Fresh cucumber and lime juice make this cucumber margarita super flavorful and fresh tasting.  #TequilaDay  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIs there anything quite as refreshing as cucumber? I think not. And fresh lime is my jam. I have limes around my house at all times. Just in case. Right now I’ve been using a half of fresh squeezed lime juice and a drizzle of good olive oil as my salad dressing of choice. So good.

Use a blender to get tons of flavor and a great consistency.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhen Jorge brought out the blender for our cucumber margaritas, Dinah and I just about jumped over the counter at him.  We do not like a blended margarita. He assured us that we would like the final product.  And he was right. You simply blend the cucumber, lime juice and liquors together.  The cucumbers do not get totally pureed so it leaves little bits of the fresh cucumber throughout your drink which I loved. You could probably get a similar flavor if you muddled the cucumber and lime instead of blending, but I think this method is best. If you don’t have a Ninja yet, just get up, get your keys and purse and go get one. Best thing to ever happen to me (I was sent one to review for another site so I will disclose to you that I didn’t buy it but they are not sponsoring this post. It’s seriously a life changer and I use it for EVERYTHING.  But I digress…)

Rub your cocktail glass in lime juice and Tajin for an unexpected twist on a margarita.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou can’t drink this cucumber margarita without rimming the glass with Tajin. I mean, I guess you can. But it won’t be the full experience. But do what you want to do. I can’t force you…But if you are a rule follower, like me, then you will do it. To rim a glass, in case you are living under a rock (I’m not judging, but really you should get out more), just take a wedge of lime and rub it on the rim of the glass.  Then pour out some Tajin on a plate and run the rim of the glass in it.  The lime helps the seasoning adhere to the glass.

Rim a cocktail glass in Tajin.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSee, like this.

kids-and-blog-postsOh hey.  There’s my son.  Like a moth to a flame, when I’m shooting cocktail posts this one shows up.  He demands I take a photo and he’ll finally move on.  He’s 5 1/2 years old and in a full on baby phase right now. It’s probably why more cocktail posts have been showing up on the blog lately…

Fresh cucumber margarita recipe inspired by one I had at @villadelpalmarl //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNow back to the world’s best cucumber margarita.  Absolute perfection.  I have to say, the Casa Noble tequila was clean and smooth with a silky quality. I don’t know much about the different types of tequila but I can tell you that I am a BIG fan of the Crystal variety.

Delicious cucumber margarita recipe. #TequilaDay // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFloat a cucumber right on top for an added dose of cucumber.

Summer dress and margaritas. #TequilaDay  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then drink it up. Responsibly, of course.  Thank you for introducing this fine cocktail to us Jorge!

Casa Noble Tequila for #TequilaDay  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDo you celebrate National #TequilaDay? I never have before but I think I will be adding it to my calendar for the future. I don’t drink a lot in the week, but it just feels wrong not to when it is a National “day.”

Tequila shots with lime for National #TequilaDay // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMaybe you aren’t going to make a cucumber margarita but I encourage you to at least take some tequila shots today. FYI, no one licks salt off anything in Mexico when doing a shot. I didn’t think about that until I was putting this post together and was like what kind of salt do I use, on account of the fact that I am that much of a tequila shot novice. A good tequila, some fresh lime. Done.

Tequila shot for National #TequilaDay! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHappy  National #TequilaDay!  Need more drink ideas? Check out this great pin from Casa Noble! And be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram!

Cucumber Margarita for National #TequilaDay

Ingredients

  • 4 slices fresh cucumber, skin removed (3 for the drink, one for floating on top to make it look pretty)
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila
  • Ice
  • Lime Wedge
  • Tajin to rim the glass

Instructions

  1. Add cucumber slices, lime juice, Triple Sec and Tequila to a blender and blend well.
  2. Rim cocktail glass with Tajin by rubbing first with lime.
  3. Add ice to the glass.
  4. Pour mixture from blender over ice.
  5. Top with cucumber slice.
  6. Makes one drink.
  7. To make 4 servings (or 2 very large cucumber margaritas - party time!):
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cucumber-margarita-national-tequila-day/

Thank you for supporting brands like Casa Noble who send me stuff so that I can pass along my favorite recipes to you! Cheers!

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are the perfect summer drink.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo last summer I discovered that I really enjoy tequila.  Or rather tequila based cocktails.  I’ve never been a shots kind of a girl and I don’t think my late 30’s, with two small children, is the time to start.   And since I like the flavor of limes so much it makes sense that I would love a good margarita.  About 6 months ago I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite margarita recipes.  They were varied to say the least.  So I decided I would try several of them and see which ones I like the best.  It was hard work, you guys.  But these are the kinds of things I do for you.  Turns out I found the best frozen margarita recipe.  Ever.

Tequila shots, leopard print and Mexican blankets = summer.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI know that the flavor of a margarita depends of the taste of the tequila you are using.  I’m not a tequila expert at all.  I just used what we had in the cupboard.  I see the guys on Real Housewives drinking a lot of Don Julio so I’m guessing that is a good brand to use.  And let’s talk for a second about the lime shortage we are currently facing.  Are you all as broken up about it as I am?  And I’m not even exaggerating about that.  I went to my grocery the other day to get limes for the margaritas, some salsas and guacamole I was going to make.  And my store was completely out of them.  Like, there were no limes in the entire store.  I asked.  Luckily my mom was able to grab a few from her store for me but that is why you see the bottled lime juice in some of the photos.  I’ve had to supplement with it.  It is not ideal.  I’m thinking about starting a fundraising campaign for the lime plight.  My summer relies heavily on limes.  But back to the margaritas. [Read more...]

Grapefruit Juice and…Best Cocktail Mixer Ever

grapefruit-juice-cocktails-title-image-finalOver the summer I realized that I love grapefruit juice in my cocktails.  It happened rather by accident.  I have never been a huge fan of the bitter fruit.  And I can’t say I have ever willingly picked up a carton of grapefruit juice from the grocery store.  But one day at my neighbor’s house, she decided to make us cocktails.  And she squeezed some fresh grapefruit juice into our glasses.  We were just experimenting so our first round had vodka.  Hello there.  So good!  On the second round we moved on to store-bought juice and rum.  Again, SO good but totally different to the first cocktail!  And now I drink just plain grapefruit juice on occasion as well.

grapefruit-juice-for-cocktailsBut all juice is not created equal.  I have tried several brands from the grocery store but I very much prefer the Trader Joe’s grapefruit juice.  It tastes the most fresh, has less sugar but is still not too bitter.  So if you know you are going to be making some of these citrus forward cocktails, be sure to factor in a special trip to TJ’s.   Grapefruit Juice cocktailsWhat I found with rum is that it sweetens up the grapefruit juice a bit and creates a warmer drink, if that makes any sense at all.  For me, all I need is a little rum in the juice but if you are looking for something a bit more special, try this Rosemary Grapefruit Mojito.grapefruit juice based cocktailsOf course you can make a delicious grapefruit margarita but you can also make this sophisticated take on the juice and tequila with a Paloma.

grapefruit-juice-and-vodka-cocktailsIf you prefer to vodka in your bevvies, there are several drinks for you to try.  Grapefruit juice, vodka and some grenadine – pretty AND delicious.  Or try a Salty Basil Dog.

grapefruit-juice-cocktails-title-imageDon’t they just look pretty?!  I don’t get too caught up in the cocktail glass, a simple tall or short glass will work for most of these.  Cocktail aficionados might tell you otherwise but I have neither the storage nor money to completely outfit a bar.  After your first drink, you won’t care anyway if you have the “right” glassware.  So drink up.

Grapefruit Juice, the perfect cocktail mixerHow do you prefer your grapefruit cocktail?

Mexican Mule Cocktail

mexican-mule-title-image-1I’m a huge fan of the Moscow Mule which is made with Vodka.  But lately I’ve been on a total margarita kick and I’m finding that I really enjoy tequila.  Not like I’m out doing shots or anything (Tammy, Kristin, Lauren – please hide those photos).  So I decided to try out a Mexican Mule.  I quite like it and I think you will too.

make-a-mexican-mule-for-chicks-and-salsa-partyYou will need a lime, Tequila (now I know there are different types of tequila but I don’t know enough about them to pin point a specific one to use.  This is what we had in our cupboard) and ginger beer (Reed’s is my fave brand and is available at Sprouts and Trader Joe’s).

add-ginger-beerThe ginger beer adds such a nice “bite” to the drink.  If you would like it sweeter you can certainly add in a little simple syrup or agave or something.  But I like it like this, nice and refreshing.

mix-ginger-beer-lime-and-tequila

mexican-mule-recipeDrink up!

Mexican Mule

Juice from 1 lime (approximately 1 – 2 ounces depending on your flavor preferences)

1 1/2 – 2 ounces of Tequila

Reed’s Ginger Beer

In a glass, squeeze the lime juice.  Add ice.  Add tequila and top with ginger beer.  Mix.  Add a lime garnish of your liking.  If you have fresh mint, you can also give a leaf a quick clap in your hand to release the oils and garnish with it as well.

These drinks were made to go along with my menu for my Chicks and Salsa post.  Don’t forget to check out my recipe for Chicken Enchilada casserole and Churro Cream Cheese Fruit Dip.

Enjoy!!