"A bold and tartly sweet wine cocktail made with Frontera wines. The perfect drink for all your celebrations!"
So, how’s everyone doing now that the holiday season is over? Have you recouped? Are you back in the swing of your regular routine? Do you miss all the craziness of December, if only just a little bit?
So far The Husband and I have managed to back to some semblance of “real life” – well, almost, anyway – but that’s also because we’ve been busy gearing to join in on a different type of party: Game Day celebrations! The height of US sports season is upon us, and that means we’ll still have plenty of opportunities to gorge on tasty appetizers in the company of good friends. And I’m totally looking forward to it… except for one thing:
I’m not much of a beer drinker.
I know, I know – it’s almost criminal to utter such words in the presence of sports, but I can’t help it. I’ve got nothing against an ice cold beer, but it’s hard to get my enthusiasm up when there are just so many other drink options out there to choose from… like, say, cocktails. And wine. Or, better yet – a cocktail made with wine! That could work, right?
I’ve never had a wine cocktail before, and out of curiosity I googled “cocktail with wine” to see what the internet had to offer… and as it turns out, wine cocktails are very much a thing. Like an I’ve-apparently-been-living-under-a-tasteless-rock kind of thing.
And the front runner for making fun and tasty wine cocktails? Frontera Wines wines! Their website has a whole section devoted to “Simply Delicious” wine cocktails, complete with video tutorials. And being the foodie that I am, I watched every single one of their snazzy videos in complete wonder. Because, wine cocktails. They’re a thing. Who knew!? Well, okay, apparently everyone did except me, but still. I’m loving everything about this!
The best part is that Frontera makes just about every type of wine you could possibly need (from a variety of grapes) giving you ample inspiration to make your own crowd-pleasing wine cocktails. Frontera is also a great value for the price, especially considering the numerous medals they’ve won from international wine competitions.
Which, of course, brings me to this post. I wanted to try my hand at making a wine cocktail for all our upcoming Game Day parties, and this San Francisco Sangaree fit the bill nicely. It has the boldness of a red wine (hello, merlot!) and yet a sweet tartness thanks to the simple sugar and lemon. I can’t wait to be sipping on this while watching the best commercials of the year!
Oh, and I guess the sports, too.
But mostly the commercials.
Do you have plans for Game Day? I certainly hope so, because Frontera is hosting a Game Day Photo Contest for a chance to win $1,000.00! To enter the contest, all you have to do is to snap a photo of you and your friends enjoying wine during your Game Day party. Too easy, right? Especially when you have drinks like this San Francisco Sangaree. And don’t forget the Frontera website has even more wine cocktail inspiration for you and your friends. Be sure to check them out!
San Francisco Sangaree
- 4 cherries fresh or thawed
- 1/4 oz simple syrup * (about 1/2 tbsp)
- 1 1/2 oz Concha Y Toro Frontera Merlot (about 3 tbsp)
- 1 oz bourbon (about 2 tbsp)
- 1 lemon slice
- Add cherries to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle to break the skins.
- Add ice, simple syrup*, Concha Y Toro Frontera Merlot, and bourbon to cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain to a glass filled with ice. Serve with a lemon wedge.
* To make simple syrup, mix together equal parts granulated sugar and very hot water. Stir or shake until sugar is dissolved.