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Cocktail of the Week: Crimson Drift

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content. Please drink responsibly.

The Crimson Drift is a wild ride that you need to try. This surprising combination will knock your socks off — and it's all held together with a delightful note of white foam. Simply lovely!


  • 1.5 oz. Francis Ford Coppola's Ada Lovelace gin
  • 0.75 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 0.25 oz. simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1-2 oz. Francis Ford Coppola's Diamond Claret wine


  1. Combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and egg white in a metal cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with the metal coil for 15 to 20 seconds
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for another 15 to 20 seconds
  4. Strain into an empty shaker with no ice and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds more
  5. Transfer the mixture to a tall glass with ice and finish the drink off by pouring Diamond Claret over the back of a bar spoon over the center of the drink (given its weight, the wine will automatically sink below the foam to create that pretty ombre layered effect)
  6. Serve immediately