Mixology 101

Mixology 101

James Diggs, Acqualina’s Food and Beverage Manager, is known for making some of the best drinks in town. As a seasoned sommelier and mixologist, he left his mark on this city’s trendiest cocktail menus and wine lists before joining the resort and taking the reigns as our wine and spirits specialist.

With such a vast wealth of knowledge, we couldn’t let James keep this information to himself. Hosting Acqualina’s first ever Cocktail Class, James gave a group of six ladies the liquid confidence to master his resort-life inspired creation, Everything Happens for a Riesling. You may have guessed from the name, this cocktail is wine-based, because who doesn’t love a glass of wine when lounging poolside?

We are excited to share his latest recipe with you, so you can get behind the bar at home and create this Miami style cocktail, wherever you may be.

Step Up:

Mixology 101 cocktail

Photo Credit: @thingslyssaeats


5 – ounces of Semi Sweet White Wine (Riesling is suggested)

¾ – of an ounce of St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor

7 – mint Sprigs

1 – 3 inch by 3 inch square of watermelon (diced)

5 – thin slices of cucumber


Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin

Muddle well

Add ice

Shake well until the tin is frosted

Strain into desired glass over ice

Garnish with your fruit of juice (starfruit is recommended)

Mixology 101 cocktail method

Photo Credit: @thingslyssaeats