There's a reason this Byzantino sweet wine is sought after for communion.  It's concentrated, musky flavor is one step away from ruby port.  Sweet and heady, we prefer it in a less orthodox style.  Combined with olive oil-washed gin and a little lime juice, it goes from your grandmother's communion sipper to a sultry aperitif.  


  • 1½ oz Nama Byzantino Sweet Red
  • 1½ oz olive oil-washed gin (see recipe below)
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz ouzo
  • Lavender sprig


  1. Combine the Nama, gin, lime juice, and ouzo in a shaker over ice and shake until well-chilled.  Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with the lavender sprig.

To make the olive oil-washed gin: combine 8 oz of aromatic olive oil with 750mL of gin in a wide-mouth jar.  Seal the jar, shake well, and allow to stand at room temperature for 24 hours.  Transfer to a freezer and chill until the oil completely solidifies at the top of the jar.  Gently remove the solidified oil with a spoon.  Store the gin at room temperature.

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