Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail #SundaySupper

Clementine, Whiskey and Wine Cocktail - A strong but fruity and beautiful winter drink.

What’s the most creative cocktail you’ve ever had? One of my favorites is from Local Kitchen & Bar, a relatively new restaurant in my hometown of Ferndale, Michigan. It’s a drink made with a combination of whiskey, citrus juices ad simple syrup. Sounds like just a standard cocktail, right?

Clementine, Whiskey and Wine Cocktail - A strong but fruity and beautiful winter drink.

The real kicker is that there is a “floater” of red wine poured on top. When I first read the description on the menu, it sounded….strange. And I wasn’t sure it was going to be good. But I ordered it anyway, and it was fantastic. Strong but refreshing, sweet but not too much so, and a balanced combination of flavors. It was like whiskey drinks were always meant to have a little kick of wine!

Clementine, Whiskey and Wine Cocktail - A strong but fruity and beautiful winter drink.

Because that drink was so memorable, I figured an adaptation of it would be perfect for this week’s #SundaySupper. It’s all about memorable holiday meals made with wine, and is being sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards and hosted by Isabel at Family Foodie.

For my adaptation, I took my favorite winter fruit  - clementines –  and made a (very simple) simple syrup. I swirled that into some whiskey, and added ice and a cherry. Then came the special part – a floater of Gallo Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Hint: get the wine to float on top of the drink by slowing pouring the wine over a spoon right above the drink.

Clementine, Whiskey and Wine Cocktail - A strong but fruity and beautiful winter drink.

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Clementine, Whiskey and Wine Cocktail - A strong but fruity and beautiful winter drink.

Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail

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Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail


  • For the Clementine Simple Syrup:
  • 4 clementines, peeled and segmented
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 3 ounces Clementine Simple Syrup
  • 3 ounces whiskey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)
  • 3 ounces Gallo Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, for floating


  1. Make Clementine Simple Syrup: In medium saucepan, stir together clementines, sugar and water. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on fruit to extract as much liquid as possible. Refrigerate until cool. Makes about 1-1/2 cups simple syrup.
  2. Fill two rocks glasses with ice; add a few cherries to each glass, if desired. Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add Clementine Simple Syrup, whiskey and lemon juice, and shake well.
  3. Pour whiskey mixture over ice in glasses. Pour wine floater over top of cocktails by slowly pouring wine over a small spoon set over each glass.
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  • Renee Dobbs

    Now this is a drink that just might get me liking whiskey. I’ve never had a drink with wine floated on top. I want to try it soon just to see how it is. Plus have the clementine simple syrup for other things.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh yes, the clementine simple syrup would be good to have around for all sorts of holiday drinks! If this can’t get you liking whiskey, nothing can ;)

  • Liz

    What a gorgeous cocktail! Perfect for any winter celebration!!!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thank you, Liz!

  • Tammi @ Momma’s Meals

    Not only does it look like a gorgeous drink but I bet the combo’s of flavors completes it! I NEED to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      You’re welcome, Tammi!

  • kimchi_mom

    Looks so festive!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      It did turn out even more beautiful than I had hoped, I must admit :)

  • supperforasteal

    Oh this sounds like such a yummy cocktail!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Lane!

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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

    Cheers! This is truly memorable and delish. I love the red wine floating on top.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Marjory!

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  • Shannon

    That is a beautiful cocktail! What a great compliment to so many dishes. Yum!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh yes, it works well with all kinds of food – one of the reasons I love it so much.

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  • Family Foodie

    What a great idea. I love clementines and I will be trying this cocktail this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      You’re welcome, Isabel. Although, I must confess – part of my reason for making this is my disappointment with clementines this year. The ones I’ve been getting haven’t been too great for eating.

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  • Alida

    So pretty, Lori! Clementines are my favorite winter fruit…I would love to try them in this creative drink!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Alida! I generally love clementines as well, but have been a little disappointed by them this year. Not much flavor. I’m going to keep trying until I get a good box of them, though!

  • Wendy

    What a fun and creative cocktail…I have a bag of mandarins that I need to use up before we leave for home next weekend. This would be a really fun cocktail to try out!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Have fun with it, Wendy!

  • cupcakekalechip

    Lori, this is gorgeous, and I am sure tastes fantastic!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Brianne!

  • Heather

    Oh my gosh, this is SO fun! I definitely need to make these and share for the holidays this year. So pretty.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I’m so glad you made them, Heather! It totally made my day seeing your pic on Instagram. Hope your Monday morning wasn’t too rough ;)

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  • Cindys Recipes

    OMG Lori this looks perfect for a Holiday party! I love it!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Cindy!

  • Alexis @ Gallo Family Vineyard

    To our #SundaySupper friends and family: Our sincere apologies, but we seem to be experiencing some issues with our $2 off savings. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this issue will be resolved before our #SundaySupper chat later today. Once we are able to get the offer back up and running, we’ll be sure to let all of our #SundaySupper readers know. Again, we are so sorry!

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian

    What a cool way to get the wine to float on top. Thanks so much for the tip! This drink looks so festive!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      You’re welcome, Susan! That spoon trick works for ANYTHING you want floated on top of a drink!

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  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    So clever and pretty! Love the layers.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Dorothy!

  • Constance

    What a GORGEOUS cocktail! Not only pinned this one, but printed it out to take along to the family reunion later this month ;)

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh yay, Conni! I hope your family enjoys it!

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  • Alice Choi

    what a beautiful cocktail!!! love it!! I don’t have enough cocktail recipes!! This is going to change starting now! love this!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Alice! I’m with you – I don’t have enough cocktails in my arsenal, either. 2014 resolution? More drinking?

  • Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc

    This sounds like one fantastic drink! Yum & Cheers :)

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Bea!

  • littleredkitchen

    Well now I know what to do with that bottle of Jamison floating around at home. I’m more of a bourbon and rye fan but considering I do have some Cabernet left and clementines I home, this really does need to happen.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh – this recipe would work just fine with bourbon, Susan. I’m not sure about rye, since I don’t drink that much – but probably that too :)

      • Christine

        What about brandy? I can get that and red wine here in the little supermarket across the street here in China-aka the daily western food treasure hunt…

        • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

          Honestly, I’m not all that familiar with brandy (other than as an ingredient in sangria), but why not give it a try? What’s the worst that could happen? :)

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    This sounds delicious! I love whiskey and love wine, so I don’t see why they couldn’t go together!

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      They can and they should, Sarah ;) haha.

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