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If You Like White Wine, Try These 5 Cocktails

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When it comes to ordering a drink, white wine is a reliable fallback. You can almost always find a decent glass of Chardonnay or a mostly inoffensive Sauvignon Blanc. But you can do better than a mediocre glassful. There are plenty of delicious cocktails that channel the fruity, honeyed or floral notes you look for in a glass of vino blanco.

While some of these drinks go so far as to use white wine as an ingredient, others just invoke the flavors you might find in a nice glass of Grüner Veltliner or Riesling. The next time you feel like playing it safe with a glass of your trusty white wine, throw caution to the wind and try one of these five cocktails instead.

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If you like white wines with a citrusy twang, this sour cocktail is the way to go. It uses grapefruit, lemon and lime to get its sour edge, but the drink is also spiked with pisco—which is distilled from grapes—and uses a touch of Riesling to round out the flavor, while egg white adds a creamy, frothy texture. It’s as balanced and satisfying as any Sauvignon Blanc.

The Essentials

Pisco
Grapefruit Lime Cordial
Riesling
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When it comes to wine cocktails, Sangria is the most obvious option. But the classic can often turn out too heavy, too boozy (trust us, it’s not impossible) or too bland. This sherry-based twist on the classic, on the other hand, is foolproof in single serving. It blends light and crisp fino sherry with orange liqueur and slices of fresh plums and oranges for a delightful summer sip that’s as easy to transport as any bottle of wine.

The Essentials

Lustau Fino Sherry
combier
Sliced Plums
Retsina, Greece’s most misunderstood wine, requires a special appreciation. Its crisp, herbal and often piney flavors might be a turnoff for some, but when channeled into this interesting take on the Mojito, it’s a real crowd pleaser. The wine is fortified with Finest Roots Herb Spirit, brightened with lime juice and fresh mint, and sweetened with a honey mint syrup. The drink is then topped with a touch of ginger beer before it’s ready to savor.

The Essentials

Retsina
Finest Roots
Mint
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If you’re a fan of white wine spritzers, you’ll no doubt fall for this fizzy, honeyed classic cocktail. It’s been around since at least the 1940s and is often considered the tiki alternative to the French 75. While the cocktail keeps its fizzy topper, it’s filled out with rum, lime juice and honey for a tropical vibe—a great choice for those who can’t get enough Riesling.

The Essentials

Gold rum
Honey syrup
Champagne
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Gewürztraminers are known for notes of lychee, so if you’re a fan, it’s likely you’ll find pleasure sipping this complex cocktail. In addition to unaged brandy and a lychee syrup, the coral-hued drink is spiked with manzanilla sherry and pink port, which give it a subtle, nutty flavor. All in all, this cocktail is as bright and delightfully strange as the flower for which it’s named.

The Essentials

Manzanilla Sherry
Pink Port
Lychee Syrup

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