Does anyone even call it claret anymore? It's red wine I'm talking about here, of course. Sometimes I want a little drinky but I don't want anything complicated. Or all I have in the house is cheap red wine. It's at those times that I make:
4 oz cheap red wine
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Stir together in a tumbler, add ice and maybe a lemon wheel if you feel up to a garnish, and enjoy. This is surprisingly good and quite tasty in the summertime, too, in lieu of sangria. Goes down very fast...