"Give your margarita a makeover with this twist on a classic cocktail. Falling somewhere between sangria and a classic, tequila-based margarita, a wine margarita removes some of the alcohol edge and adds a crisp, cool dimension."
Margarita salt for rimming glasses
3 ounces Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
3 freshly squeezed Mexican limones (small limes) or one large domestic lime
1 freshly squeezed orange (1/4 cup)
1 ounce simple syrup (recipe follows)
Dash of damiana liqueur (optional)
1 sprig fresh cilantro, for garnish
For the Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Simple Syrup: Boil the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves then remove from heat and chill. Store the syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several weeks.
Dip the rim of a margarita glass into water or lime juice and then into coarse margarita salt, if desired. Add several ice cubes to a blender. Add the wine, fruit juices and simple syrup, and blend until slushy. Pour into a serving glass, then top with a dash of damiana, if desired. Garnish the glass with a sprig of cilantro and serve. You can also serve this drink on the rocks if you like.