- A bamboo cocktail is a strong summer drink. Stir 2 oz. dry sherry with 2 oz. dry vermouth and a few dashes of bitters. Serve the drink over ice. For a royal drink, make your own version of "Duke of Bedford," created by The Little Owl in New York City. Muddle five or six mint leaves with 1/2 oz. simple syrup in a pint glass. Add ice, 3 oz. sherry, 3 dashes bitters and 1 oz. orange Italian soda. Strain over an iced highball glass. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint and cucumber slice.
- Mix a scoop of ice, 1/2 oz. Curacao with 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier, 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute, then top it off with champagne. The result is a champagne napolean. For an Italian bubbly drink, fill 1/3 of a wine glass with ice. Add a dash of bitters, 1/2 oz. Amaro nonino, 2 oz. sauvignon blanc and a splash of club soda. Garnish it with an orange slice. This drink is called the Adige by Jovia restaurant in New York.
Wine Syrup Drinks
- Wine is reduced with equal parts sugar to form a wine syrup used in various cocktails. You can experiment with classic drinks using the syrup. Mix 2 oz. gin with 1 oz. red wine syrup, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice over ice in a shaker. Strain into an iced glass. Garnish with a skewered strip of orange zest and grape. This drink, sour red, is a version of a New York sour created by Crush, a Seattle establishment.
- This Spanish drink has a wide range of variations. For a strong red sangria, combine 34 oz. Spanish red wine with 1 1/2 oz. Spanish brandy, Spanish orange brandy, gin and rum. Add 1/2 oz. triple sec, 2 oz. simple syrup and club soda to taste in a large pitcher. Add fresh fruit like apples, cherries and citrus slices. Pour the sangria into tall, iced glasses, and top it off with club soda and fruit garnishes. When peaches are in season, incorporate them into your sangria. Stir 1/2 cup peach schnapps and 1/3 cup superfine granulated sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add 2 thinly sliced peaches, 3 cups chilled rose wine, 2 cups chilled sparkling water and ice.