Red Sled Cocktail Recipe

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.

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!

Shop local!

Here are two Vancouver Island options. A desert wine and a port style wine, each are awesome additions to the recipe.

By Averill Creek Vineyard & Unsworth Vineyards

A purely blackberry forward desert wine, with medium sweetness.

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,

Geoffrey Bohaker

* As usual, always drink responsibly and be sure to arrange to get home safely.

About Geoffrey Bohaker

I've been a journalist on the West Coast for more than three years. One of my passions is meeting with local companies and sharing their stories with my readers. I'm happy to call the city of Vancouver, B.C. Canada as my home. This richly diverse city is abundant with culture, food and drinks, as well as decades of stories. Connect and share your story with me, I would love to hear from you!
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