If you're saving money by serving only beer and wine versus a full open bar, that doesn't mean you have to skip fun, fruity drinks thanks to award-winning mixologist Alex Ott, who created this "wine cocktail" in conjunction with Ecco Domani. "It's very cost-effective since you can make 10 to 12 cocktails from one $11 bottle of wine," says Ott, who has created drinks for Miami's Sushi Samba. A one-liter bottle of vodka yields 16 drinks but costs $20 to $30, so vino definitely gives you more bang for your buck.
Dolce Domani: "The lime makes this drink especially refreshing, while the Merlot has spicy notes, making it great for both the winter and the summer," says Ott.
Muddle half a lime with 2 1/2 tsp. of sugar. Add 3 oz. of Merlot. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a lowball glass and garnish with a lime wheel.