Claret - Drink Secrets


Cocktails Using Claret


When you are setting up a bar, it is a good idea to have a little mixture of liquors and wine. Claret is a red wine that comes from the Bordeaux region, however it is not that common anymore. As a result, it has become a term used in the United States to stand for a generic red wine, too. The cocktails that you can make with the wine can be as simple or as involved as you want to make them. Some will only require a few ingredients whereas others will require a fairly stocked bar.

Easy Cocktails with Claret

A very easy to make with Claret is of course Claret Punch. If you were an aristocrat in 19th century Britain, you would never be able to go to a party without having at least one cup of this. It only requires a few ingredients and the amount of variations are only limited to your imagination. Using claret as the base, you will add lemon, sugar and carbonated water. You can then berries, other liquors and even fruit juices. A common variation is the Claret Lemonade which uses lemon juice, water and simple syrup to create delicious lemonade before the wine is added for a richness in flavor.

Another great recipe is the Claret Cobbler. Start with a wine glass and fill it with ice. From there, pour three ounces of wine and one ounce of simple syrup into the glass. Top it with carbonated soda and you’ll have a delicious, sweet beverage. You can choose to add a fruit juice into the cobbler to change it up a little and then you will garnish the glass with a whole piece of that same fruit.

Advanced Cocktails with Claret

One of the more advanced cocktails that can be made is Mulled Claret, a hot beverage. The wine will be added to a pot with a dash of Bitters, the juice from half of a lemon, a sugar cube and half a teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Once it comes to a boil, it is ready to be poured into a mug. It will need to cool a little but can be a great drink on a cold evening.


Another is a Claret Swizzle that uses a shot each of rum, wine, lime juice, orange juice and pineapple juice, along with a dash of Angostura bitters. All of the ingredients will be combined into a tall glass with crushed ice. You will then top the slushee with another shot of wine before serving it.

Claret is a very difficult wine to find these days, however it can easily be substituted for any red table wine. It’s important to have a balanced bar and that means having something that everyone can identify with. Many people expect wine to be available simply to drink. If you have it to make cocktails with, people will find your establishment or party a little more exciting because it will give them something to talk about for a days (or weeks) later.


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