What do you do when you accidentally bought the most tooth-achingly sweet Pink Catawba you’ve ever tasted? You find a way to make it a cocktail.
You may have caught my recent 5 Wineries in 5 Hours post. One of the wines I bought during that adventure was the Stone Villa Pink Catawba. It was delicious when I was in the tasting room. That MAY have been the 4th winery we had been to that day, and as I said in my earlier post, I had been drinking my aunts’ tasting glasses as well. I was pretty toasty by the time we made it to Stone Villa. I recently realized that I must have been a tad toastier than I initially thought because when I cracked that bottle last week, it was SWEET. The kind of sweet that screws up the back of your jaw and coats your teeth with sugar. After my first glass, I knew I wouldn’t be able just to drink that wine straight, so I started thinking about how I might turn it into a cocktail. (It hurts me to waste wine that I spent good money on.)
Its pink color had me immediately thinking about how it might translate into a pink lemonade inspired cocktail. As a kid, I always loved the syrupy sweetness of pink lemonade, probably because it was middle ground for my mom on the battle of drink orders at restaurants between water and pop. When faced with the jaw aching sweetness of this wine, I thought it might be just the thing to use for a tart adult version of my childhood favorite. I got lucky and found a cool bottle of sparkling lemonade at my local Aldi’s for $2. Between the tart lemonade and the vodka in this recipe, I was able to cut the sweetness in the Pink Catawba way down.
The recipe is really simple and dangerously delicious! Make it for yourself or for a crowd. It is sure to please.
- 2 parts Pink Catawba (or your pink wine of choice)
- 2 parts sparkling lemonade
- 1 part vodka
- lemon slices to garnish
- Pour the pink Catawba over ice.
- Add the vodka to the pink Catawba, stir.
- Gently pour in the sparkling lemonade, stir carefully. (I made a mess at this point)
- Garnish with lemon slices or other fruit of your choosing..