I call this cocktail Soda de Vino Fume. It takes great advantage of the fruity/smoky dichotomy of very young (vino joven) Mexican Petite Sirah and serves it in a simple and refreshing wine and soda cocktail– made even more complex with the addition of cloves and mezcal.
- 5 ounce very young Petite Sirah
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- medium ice cubes (as needed)
- 3 ounce club soda (or to taste)
- ½ ounce mezcal (optional)
Lightly crush the cloves and place them with the wine into the pint glass of a Boston shaker. Set the mixture aside about 10 minutes to infuse the flavors.
Fill the metal part of a Boston shaker 2/3 full with medium ice cubes. Pour the wine mixture (including the cloves) over the ice, then cap the shaker with the pint glass. Shake vigorously until well chilled; about 20 seconds. Uncap the pint glass and use a Hawthorn strainer to strain the liquid from the shaker into the ice-filled tumbler; it’s fine if bits of cracked cloves and shards of ice are included in the pour.
Add the club soda and mezcal (if using). Stir vigorously with a long handled bar spoon. Serve.