Posts Categorized: Wine Cocktails

A Bubbles Cocktail to Celebrate the End of 2021

Underwood Bubbles Cocktail

It’s December 1st and we kind of can’t believe it. The year has been another wild one, but we still have a lot to celebrate. All of the fruit that came in for our 2021 vintage was incredible, the harvest had its bumps but was still one for the record books. We love kicking off the final month of the year with our Underwood Bubbles and here’s a cocktail to help you get through the end of 2021. Enjoy one today and keep this cocktail in your back pocket to ring in 2022.

St. Germain Bubbles Cocktail

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) St. Germain

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin

1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lemon juice

1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup

3 ounces (6 tablespoons) Underwood The Bubbles (about 1/2 glass)*

Underwood Wine Cocktail

Place St. Germain, gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a glass of your choice.

Top off the glass with Bubbles (no need to measure). Garnish and serve. (Note: You can also make a large batch of St. Germain, gin, lemon juice, and syrup ahead if desired, then measure out 6 tablespoons per glass.)

Underwood The Bubbles St Germain Cocktail

Cocktail by A Couple Cooks

Photography by Nicole Morrison

A Blackcurrant Cocktail 3 Ways

Underwood Wine and Current Cassis

While we’re a wine company and have an interest in all things wine, we’re always keeping our eyes open for a new liquor or liqueur brand to use to create a wine cocktail. Earlier this year we came across Current Cassis. Their beautifully subtle, classic yet modern label caught our eye immediately. Current Cassis makes a botanical blackcurrant liqueur in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Current Cassis on its own is slightly bitter, yet sweet, so… a perfect balance. There are also decent tannins that complement the wine.

Their liqueur is similar to a classic french liqueur Crème de Cassis. While none of us here at Union are trained bartenders, we went to our friend Google to see if there were any wine and crème de cassis cocktails out there. We found that there are actually several, and they are extremely simple to make. The most common and most classic cocktail is a Kir Cocktail. It is simply a pour of wine, 5-6 ounces, and a half-ounce or so of crème de cassis. There are many riffs on this cocktail and while we could have tried it with all five of our Underwood wine offerings, we chose to give it a go with Underwood Pinot Gris, The Bubbles, and Pinot Noir.

Underwood Pinot Gris Kir Wine Cocktail

Kir

1/2 ounce crème de cassis
5 to 6 ounces chilled Underwood Pinot Gris

Measure and pour crème de cassis and wine into your favorite glass, stir and enjoy.

Underwood Bubbles Kir Royal Cocktail

Kir Royale

1/2-1 ounce crème de cassis
5 to 6 ounces chilled Underwood The Bubbles

Measure and pour crème de cassis and wine into your favorite glass, stir and enjoy.

Underwood Pinot Noir Cardinal Wine Cocktail

KIR NOIR

1/2-1 ounce crème de cassis
5 to 6 ounces chilled Underwood Pinot Noir

Measure and pour crème de cassis and wine into your favorite glass, stir and enjoy.

Underwood Wine Cocktail

Grab a bottle and a few of our wines to see which combination you like best. Current Cassis is slowly making their way to the west coast, but you can find their liqueur at a handful of online retailers.

Rosé Sangria for Summer

Summer Rose Sangria

Summer is here and we are all about it. The days are longer, warmer, and full of hope as more and more of us are able to see our friends and family after a long year of trying to stay safe. So let’s celebrate with an easy, picnic ready Rosé Sangria! With fresh fruit, coconut sugar, and Grand Marnier, this simple and refreshing sangria is sure to be a favorite all summer long. We like to pair this recipe with a good friend, a picnic blanket, and a shady spot in our local park.

Summer Rose Sangria

Summer Rose Sangria

 

Ingredients:
1 orange, cut into wedges
2 cups strawberries, halved
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 cans of chilled Underwood Rosé
1/3 cup Grand Marnier
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, sliced
1 mango, peeled & cubed
1/2 cup blackberries
Sparkling water for serving
Skewers

Summer Rose Sangria

Directions:
Place oranges and strawberries in the bottom of a large mason jar or portable glass pitcher. Add the coconut sugar and stir.
Let sit for approximately 15 minutes.
Pour in the rosé and Grand Marnier. Add the mint and lemon. Stir and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours.
Pour the sangria into glasses with ice and top with sparkling water. Add the mango cubes, blackberries, and some fruit from the pitcher to skewers for garnish (and snacks).
Enjoy!

Summer Rose Sangria

Recipe Inspired by: A Couple Cooks

Strawberry Rosé Daze

Underwood Rosé Cocktail

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we welcome spring with open arms. There might be a day here and there when it’s pouring rain, or raining one minute and perfectly sunny the next. But then there is that day when it’s beautiful, low 60s, clear skies and we can feel the rain drying up and more warm days to come. For those perfect spring days, we have a cocktail to celebrate with.

Strawberry Rosé Daze

1 oz Tequila

.5 oz Aperol

.75 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz strawberry simple syrup

1 oz Underwood Rosé

Underwood Rosé Cocktail

Strawberry simple syrup

In a saucepan, add one cup water to one cup sugar and one cup diced strawberries. Simmer and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and stir for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Transfer through a strainer into a refrigerator-safe container for future use.

Directions

Stir tequila, aperol, lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup, rose and ice. Put a round or large ice cub in an old fashion glass. Pour in cocktail and top with a cut strawberry. Enjoy!

Underwood Rosé Cocktail

We suggest enjoying this cocktail while daydreaming about summer and listening to our Summer Daze Playlist.

Underwood Rosé Cocktail

The Underwood Pinot Queen our take on PUNCH’s Red Queen

Underwood Pinot Noir Cocktail

This cocktail is the perfect end to winter. It tastes balanced and refreshing, while still including some winter notes of wine, whiskey, and herbs. We’ve been fans of Lo-Fi, who makes aperitifs in California, so we were excited to try their Amaro. An Amaro is a herbal liquor commonly made by European producers. Lo-Fi’s version is infused with anise, cinchona bark, orange oil bitters, hibiscus, grapefruit, ginger, bois de rose, and gentian root. The flavors round out nicely with subtle bitterness.

Lo-Fi Aperitifs

A few notes before we dive in.

You can purchase premade simple syrup, but it’s also very easy to make at home. It does need some time to chill, so a good thing to remember to do in the morning or the day before.

While sometimes garnishes can be an over thought, we say don’t skip this step. It makes your at-home cocktail feel like it came from a bar, and the smell of herbs and fresh lemon you get with each sip heightens the sensory experience.

Underwood Pinot Noir Cocktail

Homemade Simple Syrup

Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Place it over medium heat and once it starts to simmer, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat off and place the simple syrup in another container to chill. This can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge.

The Underwood Pinot Queen

Serving: 1

3 ounces Underwood Pinot Noir

1 ounce Freeland Spirits Bourbon

3/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro

Garnish: lemon wheels, fresh thyme, sage, rosemary

Underwood Pinot Noir Cocktail

Directions:

1. Combine the wine, bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and amaro in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add ice, shake, and strain over crushed ice into a tall collins glass.

3. Garnish with lemon wheels, fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary.

Underwood Pinot Noir Cocktail

Recipe by PUNCH