Wine Based Cocktails

I have had many people ask me the million dollar question “How long can I keep an opened bottle of wine in the fridge?”.  This is a common question, if you, from time to time, like to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, but are on your own, for whatever reason.  Nonetheless,  due to my upbringing, I am not fond of wasting food or drink, so below, I am giving you thoughts not only about how long you can keep an opened bottle of wine for, but also a few tasty wine based cocktails that work well, with day old wine!

How long is too long?

To determine how long you can keep a bottle of wine in the fridge, there are a few factors to consider, such as:

– The more wine in the bottle, the longer it will last because there is less room for air to get into contact with the wine, causing the oxidization process to begin. It is the oxidizing, over time, that ruins both the aroma and taste of your wine.

– You’ll do better keeping an open bottle of wine in the fridge, rather than on the counter. The lower the temperature that your wine is stored in, the rate of oxidation also lowers.

– The more full bodied the wine, the longer it will last in the fridge.

– When opened, lighter, fruitier and young wines, have an optimum life span of three days in your refrigerator.

– The deep, full bodied and more robust wines can last for as long as eight days in the fridge, and though it may change some, due to natural causes, it will still be drinkable.

– You must be cautious though, if you open up a well aged bottle that you’ve been storing for some time, it will not do well once opened for days. You’re best to drink that bottle in one go!

Wine Based Cocktails

As I stated above, I am not fond of wasting wine and as a result, any open bottle that I have in the fridge that may have changed too much for me to enjoy it as is, is usually turned into a wine based cocktail in my home.  It’s a fantastic way to ensure your bottle of wine, keeps on giving, down to the last drop.  Below are a few of my favourite wine based cocktails that you may find useful!

The Basil Apple Red
3 ounces of red wine
1/4 teaspoon of crushed basil leaf (the basil gives this wine cocktail the kick the wine naturally lost through the oxidation process)
2 ounces of sparkling apple cider
Garnish with an apple slice, and if you’ve got the time, dress the inside of your glass with bits of apple.

The Lemon Wine Cooler
2 ounces of red wine or white
3 ounces of lemonade
Garnish your drink with a lemon wedge

The Bishop Red Wine Cocktail
4 ounces of red wine
Half of a lemon freshly squeezed
Half of an orange freshly squeezed
1/2 teaspoon of sugar

Kir White Wine Cocktail
4 ounces of white wine
1 ounce of Creme to Cassis