Some have described summer as a season of new beginnings, rejuvenation, and celebrations. What better way to celebrate than with a wine cocktail in hand? According to a recent survey, 7 out of 10 people prefer wine cocktails over other alcoholic beverages during this warm season. But what wines should you use to create the perfect refreshing wine cocktail that can change your day?
Tips for Choosing the Right Wine
When it comes to choosing the right wine for your summer cocktail you might want to keep a few things in mind. For instance, consider the flavor profile of the wine; is it light and fruity or bold and full-bodied? The next thing is, think about the type of cocktail you’re shooting for. Do you want something sweet and refreshing or more on the bold and spicy side? A few favorite options for summer wine cocktails include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, a refreshing Rosé and miscellaneous sparkling wines.
Only for the Bold
If you’re someone who enjoys really strong cocktails, more often than not – a secret ingredient that professionals use is vodka. It’s a classic that goes practically with every cocktail, but especially ones with floral notes like lavender and cherry. This classic has become especially popular with today’s eco-conscious youth who prefer sustainably produced vodka – and who can blame them – it tastes fantastic.
Summer Wine Cocktail Recipes to Try
Strawberry Rosé Sangria is perfect for any summertime gathering. All you need to do is combine a bottle of Rosé, 1/2 cup of brandy, 1/4 cup of triple sec, and 1/4 cup of strawberry simple syrup in a pitcher. Then add sliced strawberries, oranges, and lemons. Chill for at least two hours before serving., and you’re good to go.
Sparkling Peach Bellini is a refreshing and bubbly cocktail. Just combine 1/4 cup of peach puree with a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach if you’d like ( this is optional) and enjoy.
Citrus White Wine Sangria is a tangy and refreshing cocktail which is perfect for a sunny day. Combine a bottle of white wine, 1/4 cup of orange liqueur, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a pitcher; then mix in sliced oranges, lemons, and limes. The hard part is the waiting, because you need to chill it for two hours before serving.
As we transition into simmer, it’s time to switch up our cocktail game and what better way to do that than with wine cocktails. Whether you prefer something light and refreshing or bold and full-bodied, there’s a wine cocktail out there for you. With the right mix of ingredients and a little creativity, you can elevate your wine game and impress your guests. So, next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, consider reaching for a bottle of wine instead and experiment with some of these delicious summer-inspired recipes. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you.