Wines and champagne

Wine is one of the oldest liquors in the world. I once heard that civilization would not exist without it. True or not, wine consists of grapes and some kind of yeast. It doesn't really need any additives. Grapes have enough sugar in themselves to make the wine balanced.

There are many kinds of wine, and their name depends on the kind of grapes used to prepare them. The agreed standard is red, rosé or white wine. Wine is produced all over the world.

A kind of French wine, named Champagne, has sparkling bubbles due to a second fermentation process. This is to say, the fermentation process starts in one receptacle (usually aged wooden barrels) and then continues on to others, producing the carbonated effect.

The term 'champagne' is protected and should be applied only to those produced in the region of Champagne, France (although some other countries use it). The rest of the world makes sparkling wines with the same process.

Clarete Cup

2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
3/4 oz. brandy
3/4 oz. kirsch
3/4 oz. red curaçao
1 bottle of red wine
fill with soda

The Clarete cup is another direct drink. To make one, add the three liquors in a pitcher, next the sugar, and mix. Once that is ready, add the bottle of red wine and the ice. Fill the pitcher with soda. To garnish, some fruit cocktail will do.

Kir / Kir Royale

3/4 oz. creme of cassis
fill with white wine

The Kir is a cocktail I welcome. It's easy to make too. Just pour the crème of cassis into the glass and next fill with cold white wine.

If you change the wine with champagne, you will be preparing a Kir Royale.

Spanish sangria

2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
a bottle of red wine
fill with soda

A Spanish sangria is effortlessly prepared. In a pitcher, pour both the orange and lemon juice. Next, add the sugar and stir. Once it's mixed, add the entire red wine and the ice. Lastly, fill the pitcher with soda and garnish with orange wedges.

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