“As pinot noir is a lighter wine and not too overpowering, it adds a different fruit note in this cocktail that is difficult to achieve with liqueurs or fresh fruit. It also dries the drink out a little bit so that it is not too sweet.” — Jay Kulakofsky, assistant restaurant manager, Boar’s Head resort, Charlottesville, Va.
2 lime wedges
6 mint leaves
1 ounce bourbon
1 ounce pinot noir
Muddle one lime wedge, the strawberries, and mint leaves in a highball glass with ice, bourbon, and pinot noir. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with the second lime wedge.