House Red

Begging to be paired with a cheese and charcuterie plate, this cocktail is a satisfying alternative to red wine. Different from de-alcoholized or regular wines, our House Red cocktail nevertheless hits the same range of notes: fruit, herb, spice, tannin, acid, and most importantly, balance. This is a cocktail you can sip with dinner.

The recipe calls for shrub—a syrup of fruit, vinegar, sugar, and aromatics—and red verjus (tart, unfermented wine grape juice), but we promise it's worth gathering the ingredients. Alternatively, tart cherry juice could be used, and shrub can either be purchased or made. We recommend Element Shrub's Blueberry Rosemary Shrub, or there is a recipe to make it yourself in the notes below.

Strongly brewed, over-steeped black tea adds the familiar tannins of red wine and a dryness that balances the verjus and shrub. Any standard black tea will work, but feel free to get creative and try varieties like smoky lapsang souchong or earthy pu'er to put your own unique spin on this recipe.


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