Bottoms up wine lovers! Summer has finally arrived and we all know that those late afternoon sunsets by the beach are ideal for a perfect glass of wine. You might say it’s a warm winter drink but let me stop right there! Due to its versatility, wine can be tasty in every season of the year, and you just have to open your imagination and adapt it to every occasion. I’m talking about cocktails! The brilliant idea of mixing wine with other fresh ingredients has stuck all over the years, and let’s face it – a tasty, fresh cocktail with just the right food and beverages, is the best way to end up a hot summer afternoon.
For wine connoisseurs, fruity cocktails are a great experience to enjoy new flavors with the known aromas of each wine, since they have the ability to spice things up a bit! So, if you’re thinking about throwing a party later, or just figuring out an original way to fresh up and surprise that date that’s about to arrive, here are my favorite fruity wine cocktails ideas you can try at home. If you want to dig in deeper and go for other wine recipes, be sure to visit MyHomeWine, especially to learn how to make wine without yeast.
1 – Grapefruit Rosé Smash
Rosé has become a huge trend around the summertime, but if you’re not really a fan, you can enjoy a fresh, sweet, and powerful flavor with this recipe. It’s tasteful as it is easy to make, so just add 1 to 2 cups of Belleruche rosé, or any other you might enjoy, 1 to 2 cups of red grapefruit juice, 3 or 4 cubs of ice, and combine everything until it smooths. Lastly, garnish it with mint leaves or rasps of orange, and you have yourself a powerful tool to put everyone in the right mood to dance!
2 – Pineapple Sangria
The oldest cocktail in the book! Sangria is a must at every summer party, we all know this. But be original and surprise everyone with a touch of Pineapple. Pineapple is a digestive fruit, fresh, and sets up a tropical flavor that goes along just fine at the end of a dinner party.
A mix of flavors that combine 1 bottle of any Moscato of your choice, 1 cup of coconut rum, and 1 to 4 cups of triple sec, with a mix of pineapple juice and orange juice. Garnish with strawberries, oranges, and lemons and you’ll get that sprinkly taste of fresh fruit – you’re good to go.
3 – Midsummer Gin-Mimosa
Another old trick in the book is Mimosas! Who doesn’t get super friendly while drinking Mimosas? It’s the perfect drink to bring up the dancer within you! But have you thought about mixing the sweet taste of a Mimosa with the nice bitterness of a Gin? Let me show you how. Combine 1 part of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice (feel free to use any other Gin at your taste) with 2 parts orange juice and 2 parts sparkling wine, and finish it with an orange slice and you’re all set to dance like no one’s watching!
4 – Strawberry and Rosemary Rosé Cocktail
Perfect for the red-forest fruit lovers! Pour 1 bottle of any Brut Rosé at your choice over ice, and combine it with 1 cup of strawberry-flavored vodka, and 2 cups of lemon-lime soda. Don’t forget to spice things up with strawberries and rosemary for garnish and you’re now ready to surprise anyone at a romantic dinner date by the beach (Louder, for the guys in the back!)
5 – Mezzacorono Lemon Berry Blizz
With this cocktail, you’ll nail every dinner party you may throw in the future! Fill half of a large wine glass with frozen blueberries, 1 ounce of limoncello at your choice and ice. Then, top it with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona, or any other sparkling wine of your taste and garnish it with fresh mint and a paper straw. Even your great grandmother will enjoy this tasty beverage while starting to speak Italian out of nowhere.
6 – Apple and Mint Wine Cocktail
Apple lovers – this one is for you! Get a cocktail shaker and join 10 mint leaves with 1 ounce of apple juice. Add to the mix 4 ounces of croft pink port and ice. Train your shaker moves and strain into a glass. Adorn with a mint spring and one slice of apple. Trust me, you’re now ready to enjoy a nice summer afternoon, in a mountain cabin, in the countryside.
Shake, Shake, Shake!
You don’t need to be a certified bartender or barmaid to pull out some great looking and tasteful cocktails! These 6 recipes will certainly brighten up your summer days and go along just fine with every occasion and meal. They are easy to make and budget-friendly, as well as being incredibly sweet, so you won’t have any trouble with that annoying loving friend that doesn’t like the taste of wine. Surprise him with these recipes and make him change his mind! Lastly, it’s official, it’s wine-o’clock and you are now summer-ready!