Ever think of using wine in a cocktail? Elaine Pivinski, owner of Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor, offers the following "Nearly Famous Recipes" on her web site using her wines. Try a few and let us know how they turn out!
Mango Tango Martini
3 parts Franklin Hill Vineyards Desire
1 part Vodka (Kettle One, Grey Goose or Ciroc)
Triple sec Liqueur (splash)
Tang brand drink mix
Rim martini glass with Tang. Pour Desire, vodka, and a splash of Triple Sec liqueur into glass with ice. Squeeze lime into glass. Stir and strain into rimmed martini glass then garnish with an orange slice.
Blueberry Pie Martini
3 parts Franklin Hill Vineyards Bliss
1 part Stoli Vanilla Vodka
Crushed graham crackers
Rim martini glass with graham cracker crumbs. Pour Bliss and vodka into glass with ice. Stir and strain into rimmed martini glass. Top with whipped cream and fresh blueberries.
White Sangria Punch
1 Bottle Franklin Hill Vineyards White Sangria
1 - 2 liter bottle of Sprite soda
1 - 64 oz container orange pineapple juice
1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
oranges and cherries for garnish
Pour all ingredients into a large punch bowl, add ice. Add sliced oranges and maraschino cherries. Float frozen orange juice concentrate in big scoops in bowl. Invite plenty of friends over and enjoy!
Kate’s Mango Sangria
1 Bottle FHV Desire Wine
24oz. Lemon/lime soda
12oz. Mango sparkling beverage
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/3 cup Triple Sec Liquor
1 cup frozen strawberries
3-4 tablespoons fresh mint
Cut fruit in 1” cubes. Mix all ingredients in large punch bowl. Adjust our fruit or try other fruit combinations to create “your” signature sangria. We use Santa Cruz Organic Orange Mango Beverage and lemon lime soda.
4 small boxes (or 2 big boxes) Jell-o brand gelatin
1 cup boiling water
2 cups Franklin Hill Vineyards Wine
48 -1 oz paper cups (available at restaurant supply stores)
Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add Franklin Hill Vineyards Wine (Passion, Desire, Bliss, or Goat). Cool slightly and pour into paper cups. Chill.
Use Franklin Hill wines for great Jell-O shots. Passion with strawberry Jell-O. Desire with apricot or peach Jell-O. Fiesta with Grape or Orange Jell-O. Or invent your own flavor.