Chilean Trio

by James Stevenson

While in Valparaiso, Chile we tasted so many amazing wines that when we wanted to make a cocktail with them we wouldn’t decide which varietal to use. We eventually narrowed it down to our 3 favorites, Cabernet Franc, Camenére and Malbec along with the final Chilean ingredient; Pisco. We were happy to find a blend bottle of Cabernet Franc and Camenére that worked great to finish off the cocktail and with our Malbec we decided to make an infused syrup with sugar and oranges. The cocktail takes a little longer to prepare because of the way it is pieced together but once you take your first sip you will understand the worth of it. In the middle of our wine layers we have a pisco and lemon concoction, which really brings balance to the entire drink. If you are able to pull off the layering just be sure to give the drink a good stir before consuming as the separate layers separately don’t make such a great drink.

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Recipe:

  • 2 ounces pisco
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce malbec and orange syrup (recipe below)
  • 1.5 ounces red wine blend

Method:

  1. Make your syrup ahead of time to allow time for it to sit and cool
  2. Combine pisco and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice
  3. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  4. Pour malbec and orange syrup into the bottom of your glass
  5. Put ice cube in the glass to assist with layering
  6. Layer pisco and lemon concoction on top of the syrup
  7. Pour cabernet franc/camanére blend over the top
  8. Enjoy!

Malbec and Orange Syrup

Recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup malbec
  • 1 orange (peeled)

Method:

  1. In a small saucepan combine ingredients and bring to the boil
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is consistent
  3. Leave for 5 minutes to simmer and infuse
  4. Strain out oranges
  5. Leave to cool
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