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5 Summer Wine Cocktails

Summer, a time when things slow down, people embark on vacation, the temperature rises and relaxation time becomes standard. When it’s hot outside, you need a cold, refreshing cocktail to help cool you down. While chilled white wine can often do the trick, start thinking about new ways to combine the old standards with these unique summer wine cocktails. If you’re a believer that the best part of the season are the delicious beverages, it’s time to try one of the wine cocktails listed below, put on your sunglasses and flip flops and dream about those long, balmy nights.




1- G.G Fizz


This combination of sweet white Gewürztraminer and the bubbly Cava creates a thirst-quenching, effervescent drink that is fun to drink. Perfect for those hot days spent by the pool, the G.G. Fizz brings out the hidden aromas of ginger from the Gewürztraminer wine with the addition of actual ginger. Think of this drink as a grown up ginger ale. A great food pairing to enjoy with this drink would be something spicy and flavorful like a zesty pad Thai chicken. The low acidity of the wine mixture helps bring balance to the palate and shows off the lychee, pineapple and grapefruit tastes.


Ingredients

  • 3 oz. of Gewürztraminer

  • 3 oz. of Cava

  • ¾ oz. of simple syrup

  • ¼ oz. of crushed ginger

  • 1 – 2 dashes of sriracha (optional)



2- Tinto de Verano


For those clear summer evenings spent in the backyard with nothing but the summer sky staring down at you, a glass of Tinto de Verano can be the perfect companion. Traditionally enjoyed in Spain, this drink is a simpler version of sangria that can take a dry red wine and cool it off for the warmer days. You may want to try a specific wine from Spain for this drink, like a young Garnacha, but really any dry red wine will do. For a food pairing, try a light, crispy gourmet pizza like sausage fennel pizza with a balsamic glaze. The sharp balsamic and fennel can help lure out the smooth strawberry and hibiscus of the wine.



Ingredients

  • 4 oz. of dry red wine

  • 4 oz. of lemon lime soda

  • Lemon slice for garnish


3- Strawberry Peach Sangria

A twist on the traditional sangria recipe, this combination focuses on the specific fruit flavors of strawberry and peach. You may want to choose a dry Chardonnay with this recipe. Elevate your summer dinner party with this delicious drink recipe. A complementary food pairing with this delicious drink could be a mild grilled fish like halibut, prepared simply, which can awaken the wine’s subtle fruit flavors like apple and pear.


Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine

  • 6 oz. of orange muscat wine

  • 4 oz. of peach schnapps

  • 8 oz. of strawberries cut into slices

  • 3 peaches cut into slices

  • 1 lemon cut into slices


4- Wine Mojito

If you’re craving a mojito, but are looking for an even smoother alternative to the traditional rum base, try substituting a white wine for the rum. Choose a peppery Sauvignon Blanc to bring this drink together. A great party drink, it’s something that is not as sweet, but offers a bit of zest to drinkers’ tongues. With the high acidity of this drink, it’s best to pair it with a tangy salad like cucumber dill yogurt, which can bring out the green, grassy flavors of the wine and the mojito ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine

  • 8 oz. of sparkling lemonade

  • 2 limes cut into slices and juiced

  • 2 oz. of mint cut into pieces


5-Wine Slushie

For an immediate cool-down, a wine slushie gives guests the experience of an icy smoothie with the punch of alcohol. Go with a wine that has a lower alcohol content, like easy to drink white zinfandel, for best results. Add a straw, prop your feet up and enjoy. Consider serving your slushies with a thick, juicy Maryland crab cake. The tangy spice of the seafood can cut through the wine flavor and bring out hints of strawberry and vanilla.


Ingredients

  • 12 oz. of any preferred wine

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