Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Vodka Cocktails


Jubilee cocktail in a stemless wine glass, garnished with three pear slices and fresh nutmeg
Image: / Tim Nusog

The Jubilee cocktail is a festive creation by New York bartender Jeremy Oertel, who knows that any time you combine vodka with red wine, spiced pear liqueur and maple syrup it’s cause for celebration. The drink leans toward a fall Sangria, with its red wine and fruity flavors, but the full measure of vodka keeps the beverage squarely in the spirit-based cocktail category.

For the vodka, Oertel suggests Elit by Stolichnaya, an ultra-premium option that’s made from grain and features a mildly sweet profile. But you can choose whichever bottle you prefer and achieve similar results. When picking out your wine, there’s no need to pull out your best bottle, as a complex bottle may be lost within the other ingredients. So, save that wine for a special occasion, and instead use a budget-friendly wine that is light, dry and easygoing—but obviously one you still enjoy drinking. A Spanish Rioja or fruit-forward pinot noir usually does the trick.

The spiced pear liqueur and lemon juice lend brightness to the drink, while maple syrup brings rich sweetness. It’s all topped with seltzer for some refreshing bubbles before a pear garnish and a sprinkling of nutmeg finish it off. Take a sip, and prepare for the bouts of jubilation to follow.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1 1/2 ounces dry red wine

  • 1/2 ounce St. George spiced pear liqueur

  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 ounce maple syrup

  • Seltzer, chilled, to top

  • Garnish: pear fan

  • Garnish: nutmeg, freshly grated


  1. Add the vodka, red wine, pear liqueur, lemon juice and maple syrup to a stemless wine glass, then fill with ice.

  2. Top with the seltzer and stir briefly and gently to combine.

  3. Garnish with a pear fan and freshly grated nutmeg.