Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail

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 wanted to figure out a way to approximate it at home. 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

Yield: 2 servings


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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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. Looks so festive!

  5. Oh this sounds like such a yummy cocktail!

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

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

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

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

  10. 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!

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

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

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

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

  16. So clever and pretty! Love the layers.

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

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

  19. This sounds like one fantastic drink! Yum & Cheers 🙂

  20. 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.

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

  22. That was a great innovation! Thanks alot.

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