Most wine enthusiasts know that certain wines can be refreshing when blended in a variety of drinks, but many aren’t aware that wine can be a key ingredient in cold, creative summer cocktails. If you want to add some flavor and excitement to your summer, you should try the following 10 wine cocktails:
- Watermelon Moscato Slush
To make this simple summer cocktail, cut up some watermelon into small cubes and place them in the blender with a little sugar and some fresh lemon juice. Use a colander to strain any pulp from the remaining puree. Next, add a little Moscato wine and freeze the mixture. To serve this slush, scoop the mixture into glasses and add a little more Moscato.
- Mixed Berry Wine Spritzer
To prepare two glasses of Mixed Berry Wine Spritzer, add ice cubes to two glasses, followed by an equal distribution of 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of blackberries, 1/3 cup of raspberries, 1 cup of Riesling wine, 1 cup of sparkling water, and some fresh mint leaves. This spritzer requires no shaking or blending. Simply enjoy.
- White Port and Tonic
A unique cocktail that incorporates fortified wine, this simple recipe calls for one part white port and one part tonic water. Serve this drink over ice in a highball glass with a twist of orange.
- Juniper-infused French 75
For a more alcohol-intense summer cocktail, check out the Juniper-infused French 75. To make this cocktail, start by preparing simple syrup by heating ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water over the stove. After the sugar dissolves, incorporate 2 tablespoons of culinary juniper berries and a 3-inch sprig of rosemary. Stir the mixture until it begins to steam, and turn off the stove to allow everything to steep for about 15 minutes.
Next, mix 2 ounces of gin and 2 ounces of lemon juice with 3 tablespoons of the juniper-infused simple syrup, and shake the mixture for about a minute. Finally, strain the mixture into Champagne flutes, and add either Prosecco or Champagne with a little lemon zest.
- Strawberry Basil Moscato Lemonade
To make this unique twist on lemonade, simply blend four strawberries, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 ounce of lemon juice, and a basil sprig, and strain the mixture into a glass with ice. Next, pour the mixture over 6 ounces of Moscato.
- Cucumber Mint Fume Blanc Fizz
To prepare this refreshing green drink, grate, blend, and strain a cucumber to obtain cucumber water. Next, add 1 ounce of cucumber water, 3 ounces of Fume Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc, 2 teaspoons of sugar, ½ ounce of lime juice, and a pinch of chopped mint to a shaker. Shake the mixture with ice and strain it into a serving glass before adding 3 ounces of Cava or another sparkling wine.
- Peach Bellini
This colorful summer cocktail recipe begins with four ripe peaches cut into quarters and blended with 1/3 cup water, as well as a little sugar if desired. Next, strain and chill the peach puree for a couple of hours before pouring 2 ounces of the puree into a champagne glass. Finally, add 2 or 3 ounces of Prosecco or another sparkling wine. For a spin on this recipe, combine the puree, some ice, and the Champagne in a blender and then add a bit of raspberry liquor before finishing it off with the Prosecco.
- Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer
A truly simple summer cocktail that takes just five minutes to make, the Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer consists of white wine, seltzer water, pomegranate seeds, and a lime wedge. Simply pour 1 cup of wine over some ice and add ½ cup of seltzer water. Then, add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and top it off with a lime wedge.
- Ginger-Lime Spritz
No list of summer wine cocktails would be complete without a ginger-based drink. To make a Ginger-Lime Spritz, chop a 2-inch piece of ginger into coarse pieces and muddle the ginger with a cocktail shaker. Next, add 2 ounces of lime juice and 2 ounces of simple syrup. Shake the mixture for about 30 seconds and then pour it into rocks or wine glasses. Finally, add 16 ounces of dry Prosecco and a bit of club soda.
- Ginger-Lime Spritz
A French version of the Kir, which is a basic mixture of white wine and a fruit or berry liquor, the Kir Royal features Champagne instead of white wine, as well as crème de cassis or blackberry currant. Pour a little (1/3 ounce) crème de cassis into a champagne flute and add approximately 3 ounces of Champagne, followed by some fresh berries as a garnish. You can add some variety to this cocktail by using other liquors made from berries instead of crème de cassis.
With these 10 summer cocktails, you can surprise your guests with unique flavors and colorful combinations. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipes, don’t be afraid to substitute some ingredients to invent your own unique versions.