For the most part these are inexpensive wines to start with, so it might not seem like quite as much of an abomination to sully them up with extra ingredients such as liqueurs and garnishes. As we reach the first day of autumn, it's time to start thinking of adding some spice to our cocktails. Taking that grapefruit-flavored Albariño and adding just a splash of peach liqueur and a sprig of the last mint plant hanging on in your garden might be just the trick to turn a cheap bottle into something memorable.
Albariño Mint Julep from Alex Day at www.liquor.com
* 3 oz. Albariño wine (Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio 2009)
* 1 tsp. Crème de pêche (or high-quality peach liqueur)
Glass: julep or double old-fashioned
Add both ingredients to a julep or large old-fashioned glass. Add lots of crushed ice and garnish lavishly with mint.
I made a few of these last weekend. I have to admit, it sure is a step up from the Fuzzy Navels and Sex on the Beaches that I used to make with this bottle of peach schnapps when I bought it 15 years ago.
If the idea doesn't seem to repugnant to you, check out more wine into liquor miracles at the liquor.com website.