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posted: 02/17/17

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This Whiskey and Wine cocktail combines two favorites into one rich tasting drink. If you love red wine and whiskey, there’s no need to choose. Put them together in one classy cocktail!

In a long necked glass, the Whiskey and Wine Cocktail has a deep maroon color.

This Whiskey and Wine cocktail first came to be when I received a bottle of whiskey as a gift from a dear friend. In the process of thanking her, I asked her (as a joke) if she thought you could combine red wine and whiskey.

She gave me an enthusiastic YES! Turns out she had a martini made with simple syrup, red wine, lemon juice and whiskey in Milwaukee years ago and loved it. What she was describing is known as a New York Sour. It has just a splash of red wine at the top, but that wasn’t enough for me.

The result was my own spin and this amazing Whiskey and Wine Cocktail. It sounds like a super random mixture, but it is absolutely delicious. This is genuinely one of my favorite cocktails.

In a long necked glass, the Whiskey and Wine Cocktail has a deep maroon color.

Whiskey and Wine Cocktail Ingredients

  • Red Wine: I used a blend, but you can use any kind you like, just aim for something that is a touch drier like a Cabernet.
  • Whiskey: Use a high quality whiskey for this cocktail. My favorite is Knob Creek. I think it is the best quality for your money.
  • Lemon juice: While I always encourage you to use freshly squeezed lemon juice in your cocktails (it just mixes in better and doesn’t seperate), if you are in a pinch, use the bottled.
  • Simple syrup: If you’ve never made my simple syrup recipe, try it! Easily made in a snap with just sugar and water, you will use it in a million different cocktail recipes. It makes anything more smooth, sweet, so good!

How to Mix and Serve

Unlike the original, the New York Sour, which does a beautiful float of wine on the top of what is essentially a Whiskey Sour, this recipe is mixed and combined in a mixing glass and then poured into coup glasses. To up the fancy a little, garnish with a lemon twist.

To make a lemon twist:

  • Cut a slice off of a lemon.
  • Cut a slit in the slice.
  • Carefully open from the slit and then pull out the pulp, leaving the peel and a small amount of the rind.
  • Twist the rind into a curl and place on the edge of the glass.
An overhead photo of the Whiskey and Wine Cocktail that are in long necked glasses.

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If you make this great cocktail or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

4.67 from 3 votes

Whiskey and Wine

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Whiskey and Wine cocktail combines two favorites into one rich tasting drink. If you love red wine and whiskey, there's no need to choose. Put them together in one classy cocktail!

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces red wine I used a blend
  • 2 ounces whiskey Use a high quality whiskey, like Knob Creek
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

Instructions

  • In a mixing glass, stir all the ingredients together.
  • Pour into a coup glass or a short wine glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Serving: 1cocktail Calories: 281kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 136mg (4%) Sugar: 11g (12%) Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American

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  1. kk says

    Sista! I’m trying this and you may just be my new BFF!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      LOL!! I hope you like it!

  2. Maria @ kitchenathoskins says

    I know what we are gonna drink tonight:)

  3. Karen @ The Food Charlatan says

    Where all the bodies are buried!!! LOL!! You crack me up Lisa!

    • Lisa Longley says

      For real though! If she ever turns on me I’m screwed ????

  4. Melliejo says

    I know what hubby and I are trying this weekend! ☺

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you like it!

  5. John Marc Ramirez says

    Wow!! The wine and whiskey are a perfect combination. Thank you so much for sharing this one :). I appreciate you sharing the ingredients and the steps of making it. :)

  6. Jacob says

    I would like to give a try wine and whiskey combo, but I never heard about that before. Is it ok to use any kind of whiskey?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would just recommend a mid to high shelf brand. I love Knob Creek, though Trader Joe’s makes a great whiskey too!

  7. Dorsey says

    5 stars
    I would like to give a try wine and whiskey combo, but I never heard about that before. Is it ok to use any kind of whiskey?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Any kind of whiskey that you would enjoy drinking on it’s own would be great in this!

  8. Jerry says

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  9. Scott says

    5 stars
    I never feel any kind of difference between whiskey and wine. They’re both delicious, dignified, well-crafted, acquired tasters that will loosen you up and then some. A whiskey & wine romance with a name like this one has to come in at number one on any list…

  10. Sarah W says

    Can I ask a stupid question? When you say blend together, what exactly do you mean? Do I just mix them together in a glass?

    • Lisa Longley says

      No stupid questions! Yeah, just give it a light stir. Hope you love it!

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