This refreshing, summery cocktail substitutes red wine for the traditional sweet vermouth and the fresh blueberries bring the berry notes found in merlot to the forefront.
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, plus more for serving
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup merlot
- Ice, as needed
- 3/4 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Lemon slices, for serving
Muddle 1/4 cup blueberries with the sugar in a cocktail shaker, then add the wine. Fill the shaker with ice and add the bourbon. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into 4 ice-filled Collins glasses, then top with 2 tablespoons sparkling water per glass. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries.