We’ve all heard the age-old rhyme that warns us against mixing beer or wine with liquor. But what some may not know, is that this outdated advice is a total myth! The truth is that wine and beer don’t harmfully interact with spirits when consumed in moderation. It’s not what you drink, it’s about not over doing it! Plus, I hear you get bonus points for staying hydrated along the way. So, with that in mind I thought: why not mix up a festive cocktail featuring a delicious red wine?
While you can absolutely use any gin and red wine combo of your choosing, I chose to craft this cocktail with selections from Francis Ford Coppola’s impressive roster of libations. That’s right, this talented director, screenwriter, and producer has also made a name for himself in the wonderful world of wine and spirits. His work really grabbed my attention when I learned that his goal in distilling his gin, whiskey, and vodka was to build liquors that were true to their unique, individual natures while also honoring and celebrating the great women of history. Talk about my kind of drink!
The combination of Coppola’s Ada Lovelace Gin and Diamond Collection Claret did not disappoint! This red wine is a Bordeaux-style blend, made using grapes from a wide-range of diverse vineyards. It is known for its full-bodied flavor and fragrant spice notes–two attributes that absolutely shine through in this cocktail. As a gin-lover, selecting a spirit for this drink was no contest. Named after the world’s first computer programmer, the Ada Lovelace Gin is distilled using 10 delicious botanicals, including lemon peel and rose petals from the Coppola estate. Mix these two together with a few other ingredients and there you have it: the Crimson Drift cocktail!