But don’t put that cork back in the bottle just yet. Why not mix up a few wine cocktails, which — unlike their commercial predecessors — are quite sophisticated and of-the-moment.
Wine cocktails are a year-round drink, but they’re especially good for summer, adding a fun touch to backyard barbecues and pairing well with grilled meats thanks to their grape underpinnings.
One of the cocktails served at Prospect, named appropriately enough the Prospector, consists of blended scotch, Benedictine, bitters and Madeira, the fortified wine from Portugal.
Start to finish: 5 minutes
2 ounces blended scotch
¾ ounce bual Madeira
½ ounce Benedictine
3 dashes bitters
Combine all ingredients in a large tumbler filled with ice. Stir and serve.