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Cocktails with Quady Dessert Wines

by James Stevenson

Dessert wines definitely belong in cocktails. I have always enjoyed having a bottle of dessert wine in the fridge for the occasional special late-night tipple, but have found it to be a great addition to cocktails lately. When I first checked out the tasting notes for theses dessert wines from Quady Winery, I couldn’t believe how delicious they sounded, and once I had a taste I immediately knew what I wanted to mix wit them. The Essensia, for instance, with spicy orange-apricot-pear flavors made from orange muscat grapes, was the perfect replacement for a dry triple-sec in a margarita. A little modification to the recipe for balance was required, but the result was fantastic. And the Elysium was perfect just with some sparkling wine, but I wanted to also mix a Whisky Sour with it, as the black muscat grapes have a wonderfully dark, rich, earthy red fruit flavor to them. Try out the recipes below and let me know what you think.

, Cocktails with Quady Dessert Wines

Essensia Margarita

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Double strain into a coupe with a salt rim
  4. Garnish with an edible flower

, Cocktails with Quady Dessert Wines

Elysium Spritz

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a wine glass
  2. Stir to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Garnish & Enjoy!

, Cocktails with Quady Dessert Wines

Scotch Sour

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass
  4. Garnish with lemon peel

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