There are many wines around today that are good. The best thing about wine is that it is so versatile. It makes for a lovely relaxing drink on its own. It also accompanies a good meal well too. Why not try experimenting with wines mixed with fruit juices and spirits to make delicious cocktails? Here are the top 5 best wine cocktails we have found so far:
- Red Hot Summer – This is absolutely perfect for this time of year and comes up with a lovely fruity zing. Mix three parts of your favorite fruity red such as a South American Diablo, with one part of a lemon and lime juice crush or fizzy pop. Top with plenty of crushed ice and a slice of lime.
- Merlot and Bourbon Hump aka. The San Francisco – This one works especially well with a very dark merlot full of cherry and plum. Add equal parts of Merlot and bourbon to a sugar syrup. Approximately three cherries and a good shake later leaves it ready to pour over ice. Garnish with lemon.
- Red Splash – This one calls for a lively Pinot Noir and the same quantity of Tequila. Agave nectar or your favorite vanilla syrup brings a special sweetness to the mix. Add plenty of lime juice and grapefruit juice to bring out the refreshing flavors.
- Frenchie – Choose a Frenchie for a light and sparkling cocktail. Using equal parts of a sweet sparkling white wine with vodka and flavored syrup hits the spot. Serve this one in champagne glasses and add lemon juice to taste.
- Melon Ball – For those white wine lovers everywhere, blitz and strain some watermelon flesh then mix it with a bottle of your wine. You can find most of what you need at an online wine store for this cocktail. Add equal parts of Cointreau, Vodka, and lemon syrup. This will require chilling and stirring before adding to glasses.
Wine has been used to make sangrias and punches for years, but those who love their wine may struggle to see it mixed in these ways. We use wine a lot in cooking, so it makes sense to make the most of the flavors of our favorite bottles. When it comes to cocktails, the fruitiest and sweetest wines work best. Look for a good bottle of Reisling to get you started. You may also find many of the South American reds good for a fruity hit.
If you are planning a party with cocktails, it is much easier to prepare your cocktails ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. Many ingredients like fruit or leaves need to be blitzed or shaken to work in a drink. You may then need to strain so you can discard the pulp or larger particles. Stirring is a big part of mixing the ingredients well, although some cocktails call for layering. This creates a color tone effect because of the different weights of the liquids.
Measuring the alcoholic content or sugar and calorie content of cocktails is very difficult to do. If you are on a special diet, these drinks may not be right for you. Many of them are sweetened with a syrup made from hot water and sugar mixes. Enjoy your summer cocktails.