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Despite having grown up in one of the major wine regions in Germany, I was never really intrigued incorporating the ordinary versions of fermented grape juice in my drinks. Then my friends from @pineau_academy sent me a bottle of Pineau des Charentes.
Pineau is a type of fortified wine from France, which is made from Cognac and grape juice. Not only is it absolutely delicious all by itself, but it’s also perfect as a versatile ingredient in an endless number of cocktails.
This first drink is a riff on a Negroni, substituting sweet vermouth with Pineau des Charentes, and it turned out shockingly delicious. You will never think of Negronis the same way. Try it!
1 oz. Pineau Des Charentes White
1 oz. Botanical Gin
1 oz. Campari
2 dashes Spiced Orange Bitters
Lemon Oil Mist
Garnish: Orange Twist and Eucalyptus Buds
Next up is another favorite of mine, the Pineau Spritz.
3 oz. Pineau des Charentes White
1 oz. Grapefruit Liqueur
2 Dashes Rhubarb Bitters
Top with Tonic Water and Citrus Twist
Garnish: Fresh Bay Leaves and Lime Wheels.
Not only is it absolutely delicious all by itself, but it’s also perfect as a versatile ingredient in an endless number of cocktails.
Raised in major wine regions near Germany, Bar Max is an LA-based mixologist and content creator passionate about cocktails.