And Now For Some Wine Cocktails
on 25/05/11 at 7:48 amBooze News
Spirits aren’t the only key to crafting a great cocktail.
Wine-based cocktails manage to be both on-trend and classic. But most importantly, they taste delicious—and are popping up on summer drink menus around the country.
For General Manager Justin Thompson and Bar Manager Aric Sandoval of Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar (ondostapas. com) in Denver’s Cherry Creek, sangria is absolutely classic and an important part of Spain’s allure. “I learned the basis of our recipes during a long-ago stay in Seville,” says Thompson. Sandoval thinks that Ondo’s special sangrias are popular because they’re cold and refreshing. “They’re also not overly sweet, which can be a problem in the absence of fresh ingredients.”
Sean Kenyon of The Squeaky Bean (thesqueakybean.net) in Denver’s upscale Highlands neighborhood prefers to work his magic with invigorating Prosecco. The Squeaky Spritz combines Lunetta Prosecco, Aperol and Rocky Mountain sparkling water and is garnished with a Castelveltrano olive. “It’s a huge hit,” says Kenyon, characterizing it as “slightly sweet with a lightly bitter finish.” The Bean also makes a Sherry Cobbler from Tio Pepe Fino and Osborne Pedro Ximénez Sherry. It comes with seasonal berries and a muddled orange slice and is served over shaved ice.