Made with a pinot noir simple syrup, these pinot ritas a sweet and tart, wine-flavored take on the classic margarita. Make one or batch it for a crowd!
For the pinot noir syrup:
8 ounces pinot noir
1/2 cup sugar
For the Pinot Rita:
Margarita salt (Optional)
2 ounces tequila blanco
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce pinot noir syrup (Recipe below)
1/2 ounce Cointreau, or other orange flavored liquor
Lime wedges, for serving (Optional)
To prepare the pinot noir syrup:
Stir the pinot noir and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until the contents of the pan have been reduced to 4 ounces, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool and chill completely in a heat-proof container in the fridge. The syrup will make about 4 Pinot Ritas.
To prepare the pinot rita:
Salt the rim of your glass, if desired. Combine the tequila, lime juice, pinot noir syrup, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into the prepared glass. Serve with a lime wedge, if desired.