The Lost Tourist wine cocktail at Ardesia
At New York's Ardesia in Hell's Kitchen, bartender Damon Gravina offers a cocktail list that boasts eight creative wine-based libations. The spicy and complex The Bitter Truth combines gin-spiced Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Dolin Blanc Vermouth and Bolan Quina; heady H.K. Rose blends Provençal Rosé wine, Rouge Vermouth and rose water.
Mandy Oser, the owner of Ardesia, believes using wine in the shaker can be challenging yet rewarding, as it lends an unexpected riff to drinks. "It adds a completely different element to cocktails. And it forces you to be really creative since you are working within some limitations. But the possibilities are endless.
For The Lost Tourist, Gravina starts with aromatic, full-bodied Viognier--but says that a similar white wine could be added, like Torrontes or Gewurztraminer. Pomegranate and orange juice add zest, bubbly gives refreshing fizz, and the drink is garnished with fruit slices and fresh mint.
The Lost Tourist Courtesy of Ardesia, New York City
1/2 glass Viognier Splash pomegranate juice Splash orange or nectarine juice 2 slices nectarine 1 mint sprig Dry sparkling wine
Add Viognier and juices to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled wine glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with nectarine and mint sprig.