Lambrusco Sangria

A photograph of a wine cocktail.
Photo by David Prince

Courtesy of Aaron Paul, beverage director, Alta Group, San Francisco

This drink is a mash-up between a sangria and the Blood and Sand, a classic cocktail usually made with Scotch, orange juice and sweet vermouth. It includes two Italian wines: Sangiovese, a red grape native to Tuscany, lends hints of cherry and violet to a brandy-based riff, while a splash of Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine from the Emilia-Romagna region, adds fizz and fruit.

Four Simple Italian Wine Cocktails
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce Tuscan Sangiovese-based wine
  • ¾ ounce blood orange juice
  • ½ ounce Cherry Heering
  • ¼ ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • Lambrusco, to top
  • Blood orange slice, for garnish

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except Lambrusco and garnish. Shake well, and strain into Burgundy glass. Fill glass with fresh ice, then top with splash of Lambrusco. Garnish with blood orange slice.

Published on March 22, 2019
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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