The word summer resounds a vibe of relaxation and vacation but the rising temperature just might dampen those spirits, here are 3 well-loved wine cocktails for your summer party or even just a casual “me-time, which will not only freshen you up but also leave you asking for more.
Cocktails are basically alcoholic drinks with more of a fruity or flavourful punch, so it’s essential to use fresh ingredients for that added zing. Abstaining from using packaged or canned ingredients can guarantee a drink your friends would want to know the secret of. Chilling the ingredients in advance can ensure the drink can be consumed immediately without having to wait for long to let it cool down.
Make sure to get the best quality wine you can get to experience a premium cocktail right at your home.
This drink combines the two most loved beverages, wine and mojito so that you can have the best of both worlds. This drink is ideal for someone who doesn’t want to have that extra alcohol content but still not be consumed by sugar.
- White Wine – 500 ml
- Sparkling Lemonade – 200 ml
- Sliced Lime – 2
- Handful of mint
Add all of the ingredients in a pitcher and stir it. Serve immediately topped with some ice.
Strawberry and Peach Sangria
There can not be a mention of cocktails, without mentioning the all time favourite Sangria. This recipe embodies the flavours of strawberry and peach, a combination you have to try to believe it.
- White Wine – 500 ml
- Orange Muscat Wine -180 ml
- Peach schnapps – 120 ml
- Sliced Strawberry- 100 g
- Sliced Peaches – 3
- Slice Lemon – 1
Add all the ingredients in a tall pitcher. Apply lemon juice on the rim of your glass and dip the rim in some salt. Pour the cocktail into the glass and serve it topped with ice.
Another fusion drink, that brings two beloved flavours together, tea and wine. The way they compliment each other, would make you wonder, what took you so long to try this delightful drink.
- Red Wine – 500 ml
- Tea Bags – 5
- Cloves – 15
- Cinnamon sticks – 3
- Light brown sugar – 3 cups (or 1 ½ cup of dark brown sugar)
- Water – 2.3 l
- Cranberry Juice Cocktail – 250 ml
Using a muslin cloth or cheesecloth make a spice bundle, lay out the cloth, put cloves and cinnamon in the middle of it and wrap it up into a bundle. Boil water in a large metal pot and add tea bags into it. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the tea to steep for around 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and heat up the concoction, slowly add the wine and sugar and finally the cranberry juice. Now, add the spice bundle and leave it on low hear till steam starts forming over the container. Remove the pot from the heat, let it cool down and then pop it in the refrigerator overnight or at least for 4 hours. Serve the cocktail topped with some ice.
Cocktails can be tweaked and manipulated according to your own taste, you just need to keep experimenting and try out different proportions, one way to do that is to tone down ingredients which are dominating and drown out other flavours. You can adjust the sweetness and tanginess according to your palette.
It’s better to add ice just before serving, otherwise you run the risk of the cocktail’s flavour being watered down by the ice
Cocktails which use aerated ingredients should be served immediately as letting it rest will end up with the drink losing all of its carbonated and aerated properties.