Wine Cocktail Recipes for Spring and Summer

My friends at Gift Baskets Overseas have shared some fun wine cocktail recipes that I thought you might enjoy.

Wine Cocktails for Spring and Summer

These wine cocktails for spring and summer are great for enjoying a book, spending an afternoon with the girls, or even serving at a spring bridal shower. Enjoy!

Tropical Winedriver

While the traditional screwdriver is one of the most basic cocktails, this twist brings a fun change to the drink.  The mango vodka adds a tropical flavor, and by taking a crisp, pear Pinot Grigio, and combining those with orange juice you can create a fun and tropical twist on this traditionally popular beverage.

 Ingredients and Directions

    • 3 oz. Pinot Grigio
    • 1 oz. mango vodka
    • 1 oz. orange juice

Simply mix all ingredients together, stir and then pour into a 12 oz glass on the rocks. Because of the drinks simplicity, it is quick and easy to mix.

Le Fleur-Berry

Because it is so fruity and refreshing, Le Fleur-Berry is one of the great wine cocktails for spring. With exotic ingredients such as champagne, kiwis, and spices that rarely make their way into cocktails, this drink is sure to impress.

Ingredients and Directions

    • 1/3 kiwi
    • 1 strawberry
    • 2 basil leaves
    • 2 oz. dry gin
    • ¼ oz. lime juice
    • 3 oz. champagne
    • Mint leaf and cherry to garnish

Muddle all ingredients except for the champagne together in a cocktail shaker, then fill the shaker with ice and strain into a glass with champagne. Add the mint leaf and cherry to garnish, and then serve. (One other option is to juice the kiwis first, and then pour the juice in after you muddle the herbs. You can also muddle the herbs in either simple syrup or Cointreau.)

Merlot Maroon Punch

While the classic Sangria has long been the defacto champion of wine drinks, Merlot Maroon Punch gives it a run for its money. Just be sure to start preparing the punch at least a few hours ahead of time, as it tastes best when allowed to blend and aerate.

Ingredients and Directions

  • 750 ml of white rum
  • ½ bottle of merlot
  • 7 oz. lime
  • 5 oz. triple sec
  • 7 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 limes sliced into wheels
  • 2 blood oranges sliced into wheels
  • Quarter bottle of brandy
  • Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl and leave in the refrigerator for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.

Fizzy Mojito

The mojito is well known for being refreshing. Sweetened by champagne, this crisp and tart twist works great for a hot spring day. By using sweeter champagne, such as Asti Spumante by Martini and Rossi, you can reduce or even eliminate the need for simple syrup.

Ingredients and Directions

  • 12 mint leaves
  • 12 sliced green or white grapes
  • 1 ½ oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 2 oz. sweet champagne
  • Simple syrup to taste

In a shaker muddle the mint and grapes together with the lime juice, then add rum. Add to a wine glass with ice and then pour in the champagne and stir.

About the Author

Adam is a blogger who writes about everything from wine gifts to aprons and recipes. He is also a dedicated wino that enjoys crafting cocktails and creating unique foods for events. We thank Adam or these wonderful wine cocktail recipes!

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