This is Not a Cabernet Sauvignon

If it looks like a Cab, smells like Cab and tastes like a Cab, what could it be? Maybe this mix of whiskey, cassis and rooibos tea meant to fool the senses.
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Courtesy of Columbia Room, Washington, DC

Created for fans of Manhattans, this ode to the grippy red grape gets color, tannin and a shrubby quality from rooibos tea. Its signature blackcurrant notes come courtesy of crème de cassis.

Three Cocktails You Just May Mistake for Wine
Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Bernheim Straight Wheat Whiskey
  • ½ ounce Marie Duffau Napoleon Armagnac
  • ¼ ounce Langlois Crème de Mûre
  • ¼ ounce Langlois Crème de Cassis
  • ½ ounce rooibos tea (see below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Directions

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into a wine glass. (To make a larger batch, add 1 ounce filtered water per serving, and refrigerate without stirring.)

For the Rooibos Tea

Add 2 teaspoons loose rooibos tea leaves to 16 ounces hot water. Steep 8 minutes, strain out solids and cool.

Published on June 29, 2017
About the Author
Kelly A. Magyarics
Contributor

Kelly Magyarics is a wine and spirits writer, and wine educator, in the Washington, DC, area. She can be reached through her website, www.kellymagyarics.com.



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