Bluegrass Sangria

There aren't any berries in this boozy wine cocktail
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Bluegrass Sangria
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Sangria takes a different direction for Larry Rice's favorite drink, made by Susie Hoyt at Rice's The Silver Dollar in Louisville, Kentucky. Hoyt combines Zinfandel with bourbon, Fernet-Branca and bitters for a more complex and boozy take on the wine-based cocktail.

To learn more, read "Stirred by the South."

Bluegrass Sangria

Recipe adapted from Susie Hoyt, The Silver Dollar, Louisville, KY

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 ounces Zinfandel

½ ounce bourbon

¼ ounce Fernet-Branca

¼ ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar dissolves)

1 dash Angostura bitters


Orange twist, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the Zinfandel, bourbon, Fernet-Branca, simple syrup and bitters. Fill the shaker with ice and stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.

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