Blood and Bone Cocktail

by Erin

This Pinot Grigio-based cocktail has dark cherry and pomegranate notes for easy couch drinking.

Blood and Bone Pinot Grigio Cocktail

Here’s the latest #HalesTails cocktail to whet your whistle from my mixologist friend, Haley! – Erin

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Me again! This time I’m sharing a wine cocktail that I concocted for a friend get-together. What’s really nice about a lot of wine-based cocktails is that they can be pretty versatile.

I’m definitely that person that shops for wine by the label and description. So, while I’m certainly no sommelier, I knew I needed something crisp that could hold up against the sweet fruity components I was going to add. For this drink I tried a couple of Pinot Grigios and a Rosé. While they were all worked just fine, I settled on the 2018 Chalkboard Pinot Grigio. It has the classic apple and citrus notes of a Pinot Grigio but what I really loved was the flavor of lychee that came out with this cocktail!!

Blood and Bone Cocktail Ingredients

Made in 1818, Heering is the original cherry brandy liqueur originating from Copenhagen. It’s a beautiful deep red color, thick, and full of flavor. It lacks the medicinal taste that a lot of cherry liqueurs carry and instead is reminiscent of jam with a slight dark cherry tartness and hints of wood and almond. If you want to know what else you can do with Cherry Heering, the Singapore Sling and Blood and Sand are two classic cocktails and it’s often used in a number of food and dessert recipes. If you have a jar of pitted dark cherries, you can use the juice from this instead to get a similar taste.

The ginger simple syrup is just a heated 1:1 of granulated sugar and water steeped with slices of ginger root. It will keep in a closed container in the refrigerator for a few weeks but might start to lose the ginger flavor so just check on it!

Blood and Bone Cocktail Assembly

I’m sensitive to bitter but with cocktails I’ve learned that by including bitters or an amaro, I achieve a more well-balanced flavor. Aperol is a really approachable with an orange and rhubarb flavor and that bitterness that a grapefruit provides. It helps cut the sweetness from the pomegranate and cherry but also plays really nicely with the basil.

I layered the ingredients for the photo and stirred it up and drank afterwards but I think it is better if you can shake the ingredients. And there were so many garnish options! I went with a ginger root wheel and basil leaves but a cherry, candied ginger, or pomegranate seeds are all great too.

Blood and Bone Wine Cocktail
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Blood and Bone Pinot Grigio Cocktail


Yield: 1 serving Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 4 oz. Pinot Grigio
  • 3/4 oz. Cherry Heering
  • 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. ginger simple syrup
  • 1/6.oz. (or a barspoon) Aperol
  • 3-4 basil leaves (smack ‘em!)


  1. Combine all in shaker and fill 3/4 with ice. Shake for ~30sec.
  2. Strain into a wine glass.
  3. Garnish with a ginger wheel and/or basil if you’re feeling fancy.
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Source: A Haley original.

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