5 Refreshing Wine Cocktails for Summer
Spirits have the reputation for being the perfect ingredient in cocktails, be it whiskey, vodka, gin, cognac, and many more. However, wine is an overlooked and underestimated base for many delicious cocktails. Wine cocktails are perfect for summer because wine typically has less alcohol than spirits so the drinks won’t leave you feeling hot and tired at an outdoor event or a day under the sun.
Wine cocktails can be simple like a cool summer wine spritzer with three parts red wine to one part lemon-lime soda on ice. Or they can be complex with many different ingredients like cocktails made from spirits. Below are five yummy summer wine cocktail recipes that are easy to make and don’t require a lot of steps, for you can enjoy the rest of the season.
4 oz. port
1 oz. apple juice
Muddle the mint and apple juice together in a cocktail shaker, and add ice and port. Shake the cocktail and strain into a tall glass for the best presentation. You can garnish the glass with a sprig of mint and a thin slice of apple.
San Francisco Sangria
4 seedless cherries
¼ oz. simple syrup (equal parts hot water and sugar until it dissolves)
1 ½ oz. merlot
1 oz. bourbon
1 slice of lemon
Muddle the cherries in a cocktail shaker and then add the remaining ingredients. Top of the shaker with ice, shake hard, and strain into a tall glass.
1 oz. gin
1 oz. moscato
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. peach Schnapps
½ oz. simple syrup (equal parts hot water and sugar until it dissolves)
Mix all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and top it off with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
½ oz. vanilla bean syrup
½ oz. pineapple juice
Combine everything except for the lime wedge in a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake the cocktail hard and strain it into a tall glass. Garnish the glass with the lime wedge.
Wine Fruit Punch
2 oz. sparkling white wine
1 oz. ginger liqueur
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. lemonade
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass that is already filled with ice. This is also perfect to make in pitcher-size portions. Fill the pitcher with orange slices and strawberries for an added garnish.