Gin Lambrusco Cocktail

by James Stevenson

My current obsession is the Italian wine Lambrusco. I think it is the perfect summer time drink and love the slightly sparkling taste. I knew I had to make a cocktail with this amazing liquid pleasure. I was at a Italian restaurant this weekend and discovered a cocktail with Lambrusco where they floated the wine.

, Gin Lambrusco Cocktail

It was beautiful so I knew I had to make a version. I used Aviation Gin at out Portland, Oregon and it was the perfect compliment to this cocktail adding hints of dried orange peel and lavender. This would be a fun upscale drink to make over the weekend as well as a before dinner drink. Let’s celebrate the week with gin and wine! What is your favorite wine cocktail?

, Gin Lambrusco Cocktail


  • 2 ounces of Aviation Gin
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • Float 1 ½ ounces of Lambrusco over top by using the back of a spoon

Garnish: Thyme


  1. In a shaker add gin, lime, simple syrup, and ½ cup of ice
  2. Shake mixture
  3. Fill serving glass with the rest of the ice
  4. Strain mixture into serving glass
  5. Using the back of a spoon pour Lambrusco slowly over the spoon near the side of the serving glass
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