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Grapefruit, Pisco and Kabinett Riesling Cocktail

Courtesy Mark Guillaudeu, beverage director, Commis, Oakland, CA

A Kabinett Riesling tends to be relatively light and ranges from dry to off-dry. For this drink, inspired by the Paper Plane cocktail, Guillaudeu prefers a Kabinett from the Nahe region of Germany, like Kruger Rumpf Münsterer Im Pittersberg. They tend to have “a pronounced grapefruit citrus note,” he says. It’s a quality he accentuates by mixing in fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and pisco to reinforce the floral tones. Guillaudeu recommends a not-too-perfumed pisco, like an acholado or quebranta style.

About the drink name: “Given that the Riesling we use for the cocktail is from the village of Münster, the name seemed as organic as obvious.”

12:10 to Munster


1½ ounces Riesling Kabinett
¾ ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce pisco
½ ounce Aperol
1 dash Angostura bitters
½ ounce simple syrup
Grapefruit peel, for garnish


Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and double strain into coupe glass. Twist grapefruit peel over drink to express oils, then use peel for garnish.