10 Summer Wine Cocktails that Don’t Suck
With addtions like ginger, agave, limoncello, watermelon and popsicles - your summer wine never tasted so good!
You won’t usually find a line around the block for wine cocktails at the bar. That’s because many are too sweet or boring to compete with a Cosmo or good glass of wine. But during the summer heat, icy cold wine cocktails are a refreshing way to enjoy an alcoholic drink or two that won’t knock you on your butt (good cold beer also qualifies, but that’s another story all together).
Here are 10 wine cocktails that made the cut for the LetsPour’s summer drinking list.
1. Strawberries and Champagne Cocktail
Southern belle Christina is the heart and soul behind North Carolina Charm, where we found this tantalizing gem. Strawberries and Champagne is her delicious take on a cocktail best enjoyed in when strawberries are bountiful spring and early summer (though you could probably get away with frozen berries, too). A quick strawberry puree is topped with champagne, prosecco (Christina used Cupcake Prosecco) or sparkling wine and voila. The sweetness of the sparkly you choose will determine the final sweetness of the cocktail.
2. Orange Sorbet Mimosa
Jocelyn Delk Adams is an events and media producer with a passion for blogging, baking and (lucky for us) cocktails. Her blog Grandbaby Cakes is overflowing with recipes, like this refreshing Orange Sorbet Mimosa. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you’ll be making the sorbet yourself – it literally only involves two steps: mix and freeze. You can add any type of sparkling wine to this, but we recommend something with a hint of citrus or strawberry.
3. The Goucho
Rooted in Latin American traditions, Post Prohibition Handcrafted Libations created a cocktail of tequila, coffee bitters, mezcal and Argentinian red wine (Malbec). Trust us on this one!
4. Champagne Popsicle Cocktail
Pinch me! Popsicles and champagne together? This is the funnest summer cocktail we’ve come across and it’s so easy…just put the popsicle in the glass, top with your favorite champagne, prosecco or moscato and you are set! Thanks to Lauryn Galloway Photography for this clever idea.
5. Watermelon Pink Wine Cocktail
I fell in love with watermelon cocktails after having a watermelon mimosa, so this was a cocktail I was eager to try out. Lou Lou, a Toronto blogger, takes equal parts muddled watermelon, pink wine and soda water to create an ultra-refreshing summer wine cocktail. She used The BeachHouse Rosé, a lovely South African wine that is on the drier side and won’t make this cocktail overly sweet. Let the kids eat their watermelon and we’ll drink ours!
6. Vin d’Orange (or…Orange Wine)
We’re deviating here a little. This isn’t exactly a cocktail, but an orange infused wine. But it’s sooo good we had to include it.
The steps to make Vin d’Orange, or Orange Wine, can be found on Gourmantine, an am amazing blog from native Lithuanian Gintare, who apparently became a foodie while living in France. The recipe involves white wine, vodka, some sugar and lots of oranges. You’ll have to keep yourself busy with some other wine cocktails while making this – it takes two weeks to infuse. By the way, make a lot because this makes a killer gift!
7. Prosecco, Vodka and Limoncello Sangria with Raspberries
Barbara Kiebel was inspired by two of her favorite artisan spirits, Woody Creek Vodka from Colorado and Villa Massa Limoncello from Italy, to create a sangria that is lighter than red wine sangria and something different from your run-of-the-mill white Zinfandel sangria. Full of fresh fruit, a pitcher of this is eye-catching and perfect for a gathering of friends on a warm summer day.
8. Main Line Wine
Red wine cocktails can be challenging – partly because the red wine is so overpowering and wants to take over the show, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. But this cocktail from Chow borders on a spiked punch and has a color that begs to be shown off at your next get together. With three kinds of spirits (rum, Yellow Chartreuse and Grand Marnier), it’s not a light cocktail, but you’ll definitely want seconds of this citrus-laden Cabernet drink.
9. Star Spangled Spritzer
Being a patriot never tasted so good! Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life whipped up this easy sparkling wine cocktail. The wine is poured onto a base of grenadine, orange juice and pineapple juice, and served with watermelon star cutouts (you could make hearts and then it would be a romantic cocktail!). Lighten up the sweetness by choosing a wine that’s on the dry side. Perfect for any summer barbecue.
10. Gewürztraminer Agave Ginger Ale
Spoiler: it’s not really ginger ale, but you’ll hardly know! If you like savory with a good dose of zing, this is a wine cocktail not to be overlooked. Sweet agave, spicy ginger, Gewürztraminer and bubbly Cava cavort in this easy-to-make, delicious summer treat.