Slide into the night with the Red Sled Cocktail!
Last spring I had the pleasure of visiting Florence, Italy with my family. During the trip my mum was introduced to the Aperol Spritz. It was love at first sip! For the final edition of the Wet Coast Winter Series I am giving you a modified version of the spritz, which I call the Red Sled Cocktail.
A unique aperitif
The citrus tasting, Aperol spritz is a simple Northern Italian aperitif. The basic recipe consists of Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water poured over ice in a glass of your own choosing. There is something special about the taste of oranges and herbs, to help refresh you on a hot Italian day.
Orange for summer, Red for winter
Since it is Christmas holidays, orange wasn’t right. Yet, I think a bubbly cocktail is a perfect match for a celebratory toast. So, I decided to experiment with other flavours and came up with the Red Sled Cocktail.
Instead of using Aperol, I substituted with a local sweet desert wine (or use port). Also I added a fresh tart pomegranate juice to balance the sweetness. Finally I still use dry Prosecco, to provide the required bubbly. As a result, a bubbly cocktail, which has a deep red color. The sight of this cocktail is reminiscent of a certain someones famous red sled!
Here are two Vancouver Island options. A desert wine and a port style wine, each are awesome additions to the recipe.
- Averill Creek Vineyard, 6552 North Rd, Duncan BC V9L 6K9
A purely blackberry forward desert wine, with medium sweetness.
- Unsworth Vineyard, 2915 Cameron Taggart Rd #1, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P2
This is a port style wine, fruit forward and sweet. With a deep crimson red colour.
It doesn’t get any more simple.
- Prosecco to fill up glass
- 1 ounce Desert wine or port
- 1 ounce Pomegranate juice
Basically, pour the juice and the wine/port into a champagne flute. Then just fill the glass up with the Prosecco. Finally serve and enjoy!
Finish your holiday toast with the Red Sled Cocktail!
To conclude the inaugural Wet Coast Winter Series, I want to wish everyone a very merry holiday season! I hope to see you all this upcoming spring for my next Wet Coast Series.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,
* As usual, always drink responsibly and be sure to arrange to get home safely.