25 Wine Cocktails To Bring Your Summer Gathering Up A Notch

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What's the best way to beat the summer heat? Wine cocktails, of course! When it comes to summer sipping, there are lots of options out there that you may not have tried.

There are drinks for everyone on this list, so get ready for some good drinking this summer! Check out these 25 wine cocktails and see if any of these will become your new go-to drink this season.

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1. Rosé Berry Bliss Punch

Rosé Berry Bliss Punch

Elegant and straightforward wine punches are deliciously convenient for entertaining crowds. There's no need to spend all day prepping. 

Just make a batch of this rosé berry bliss cocktail which is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Your guests will be delighted with this drink that is both easy to make and beautiful.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Prepare all the necessary ingredients.
  2. Mix the rosé wine with the blueberries and the lemonade in a large container.
  3. Put it in the fridge for one hour to ensure the flavors are blended well.
  4. Serve it on your wine glasses and top it off with lemon-lime soda.

2. Red Sangria

Red Sangria

The perfect drink for the summer? Sangria is a trendy wine cocktail that has lots of variations everywhere in the world. 

It is a traditional Spanish wine punch made from dry red wine and chopped fruit, often orange juice or brandy. It only takes a few ingredients and fruit to make this bold and refreshing mixed drink that will have everyone feeling refreshed.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Macerate the fruits by mixing them with sugar. 
  2. Let it sit at room temperature until the fruits soften and break down.
  3. Add the dry red wine to the macerated fruits.
  4. Add the brandy and the orange liqueur into the mix.
  5. Add a few slices of lemon.
  6. For the flavors to blend and develop, refrigerate the mixture for 1 to 4 hours.
  7. When serving, add a few ice cubes and top it off with sparkling or soda water (optional).

3. Mango Passion Cocktail

Mango Passion Cocktail

The sunshine of a tropical beach awaits you in this thirst-quenching cocktail. If there is such a thing as the perfect summer drink for lounging by the poolside - it's here!

Something crispy like spring rolls goes well as a pairing for this wine cocktail. Spice it up by serving it alongside finger foods that complement the sweet taste of mangoes!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Cut the mango into tiny cubes and put it in a blender.
  2. In the blender, add vodka, lime juice, salt, and syrup or sugar.
  3. Blend until thick to create a mango puree.
  4. Add more syrup or sugar based on your preferred sweetness.
  5. Pour into glasses until half of the glass is filled.
  6. Fill the drink by pouring the sparkling wine (or Champagne or sparkling water).
  7. Serve with ice cubes or crushed ice.
  8. Garnish with lime wedges and your choice of fruit (optional).

4. White Wine Mojito

White Wine Mojito

In addition to being a fan-favorite, mojitos are also incredibly popular. Hailing from the famous rum cocktail, this best wine cocktail is perfect for intimate gatherings with family or friends.

The white wine mojito is a refreshing twist on the traditional cocktail. Using your favorite white wine instead of rum, you can quickly and easily enjoy this drink with less fuss than usual. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Refrigerate the white wine and Italian sparkling lemonade until well-chilled.
  2. Mix the white wine and sparkling lemonade in a large pitcher.
  3. Juice 2 limes and add them to the mixture.
  4. Mince 3/4 cup of fresh mint and add to the pitcher.
  5. Add as much sugar as desired.
  6. Slice the remaining lime as garnish. Serve with ice.

5. Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

Sangria has to be one of the most delicious drinks for a hot summer day. The strawberry rhubarb sangria offers an unforgettable taste of one of these best flavor combinations you will find. 

You can take mediocre wine and transform it into something fresh, new, and even better with fruit or liquor added to the mix.

Ingredients

For the Rhubarb Syrup:

For the Sangria:

  • 1 Bottle of White wine
  • 1/2 cup Vodka
  • 1/4 cup St. Germaine Liquor
  • 1 cup Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Lime, sliced

Steps to Make

  1. Prepare the rhubarb syrup by heating the water, rhubarb, and sugar in a pan.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-low heat until thick and pinkish.
  3. Strain the liquid to remove the rhubarb. Refrigerate the strained liquid.
  4. In a large pitcher, mix the vodka, wine, St. Germaine liquor, strawberries, and limes.
  5. Add the chilled rhubarb syrup to the mixture.
  6. Refrigerate the sangria for at least 30 minutes or up to two days.
  7. Serve with sliced strawberries or limes.

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6. Figgy Sparkler Cocktail

Figgy Sparkler Cocktail

The figgy sparkler is the perfect way to kick off any holiday celebration! With all of its delicious flavors, it's sure to be your new favorite drink.

The recipe can be made with your favorite vodka, which is perfect for the holiday season when having guests over. This best wine cocktail begins with a muddle of figs and oranges topped off by cranberries, then alcohol - Prosecco if you want to get fancy or vodka for the more daring drinker. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Put the fig, orange slices, 6 cranberries, and vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Pour in a glass and add sparkling wine.
  4. Use the remaining cranberries and an orange twist as garnish.

7. Red Wine Spritzer

Red Wine Spritzer

Can't take the hassle to do a Sangria? Try making a red wine spritzer! A spritz originated in Austria as a method to produce bubbly wine.

This is a new twist on sangria with no prep time! It's refreshing, bold, and bubbly - it'll be your favorite summer drink. You can have this spritzer-style wine cocktail ready in just one minute, so there will never be an excuse not to enjoy it again by the poolside!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Pour the wine into a glass.
  2. Add the soda water.
  3. Gently stir once.
  4. Add garnish and serve.

8. Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

Winter comes, then your hands and toes feel cold. By this time, few drinks will be more comforting than mulled wine! It's a perfect drink to add some warmth into your life when snow begins falling outside.

This punch is simple to make. Just mix the ingredients ahead of time, leave it on your stove at very low heat and let guests help themselves whenever they need a top off! 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Mix the red wine, pomegranate liqueur, water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg in a large pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir it until the sugar and nutmeg are dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon and orange slices.
  4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, not allowing the mixture to come to a boil.
  5. Turn off the heat, then strain the liquid to remove the fruits and spices.
  6. Return the liquid to the pan and serve.

9. New York Sour

New York Sour

This best wine cocktail stands out as a fan favorite in this wide selection. This is a famous variation on the whiskey sour that floats a layer of red wine on top. The best part? It looks simply stunning when done with two different colors in one drink, without even trying too hard or being super fancy.

The New York Sour is not your typical sweet, fruity wine cocktail. This versatile beverage is excellent for late-night drinks.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup with ice.
  2. Shake until the liquid turns very cold.
  3. Strain to an ice-filled lowball or Old Fashioned glass.
  4. Using the back of a spoon hovering just above the liquid's surface, carefully pour the red wine to create a second layer.
  5. If you prefer, you can garnish it with a lemon twist and serve.

10. White Wine Peach and Mango Sangria

White Wine Peach and Mango Sangria

Sangria indeed comes in many flavors, and it is indisputably the ultimate wine punch. The white peach and mango sangria have a light and bright taste, making it perfect for summer parties or any other time of year!

Peach Sangria can be made last minute with ease. This guaranteed crowd-pleaser will surely please your guests, whatever the event may be.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Ready the ingredients.
  2. Mix the wine, mango rum, peach schnapps, the three citrus juices, and lemon-lime soda in a large bowl or pitcher.
  3. Add big chunks of ice and stir well.
  4. Serve in glasses and garnish with peach and mango slices.

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11. Rosé Spritzer

Rosé Spritzer

If you’re searching for a fuss-free way to enjoy summer, then look no further! The rose spritzer is the perfect drink. Originating from Austria, it’s one of the most refreshing drinks on Earth and full of refreshing bubbles.

A spritzer is quick and simple to make. You don’t have to commit yourself either with champagne or other types of alcohol - just add some soda water, and you’re done. A great bonus about it is that they are very low-calorie!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. (6 tbsp) Rosé wine, chilled
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp) Soda water
  • Thyme sprig for garnish
  • Raspberry for garnish
  • Ice

Steps to Make

  1. Pour the wine into a glass.
  2. Add the soda water.
  3. Gently stir once.
  4. Add garnishes and ice, then serve.

12. French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

French 75 is a cocktail that is on the sophisticated side but is still undeniably refreshing! It's tangy and bubbly with an earthy flavor. A French 75 is a champagne cocktail with gin, lemon juice, and syrup. It's also an International Bartender Association (IBA) official drink!

For any occasion that warrants a festive champagne cocktail, you can't go wrong with this classic. The French 75 is the perfect drink for brunch or holiday gatherings!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a cocktail shaker, pour the gin, lemon juice, and syrup with ice.
  2. Shake well until cold.
  3. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute.
  4. Top off the glass with champagne.
  5. Garnish and serve.

13. The Classic Champagne Cocktail

The Classic Champagne Cocktail

It was invented around the 1860s and has been tweaked over time to include Angostura bitters, which give it its light flavor profile. The drink is tangy with hints of citrus from lemon juice to make sure your thirst isn't quenched for long!

A Champagne cocktail is a drink made of sugar, Angostura bitters, brandy or cognac, and champagne. Adding the sugar cube to this drink is the perfect way to enhance any occasion. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Place the sugar cube in an empty champagne flute and add 5 dashes of bitters to it.
  2. Squeeze the small strip of lemon peel into the flute.
  3. Pour the champagne into the glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

14. The Bishop Cocktail

The Bishop Cocktail

Imagine having a bottle of red wine that turns out to be not quite the flavor you were expecting. Sucks, right? You don't want it to go down the drain, but trying to consume it by yourself is just too much. Well, here's what you should do: make a bishop cocktail!

The bishop is a drink that will be appreciated by anyone, no matter how they like their drinks to taste.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Pour the rum, wine, and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain to a chilled wine glass and serve.

15. Frozen Sangria

Frozen Sangria

Frozen Sangria is a wine cocktail that's frozen, like an icy slushie. This tasty treat will be sure to please any palate. It has the flavor of wine and just enough sweetness for those who enjoy sweeter beverages with citrus notes. 

The process for making it has changed from traditional Sangria in that the ingredients used are different and more like a wine smoothie than just a red wine cocktail on its own!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Peel and section the clementine oranges and leave them in a freezer overnight.
  2. In a blender, blend the frozen clementine oranges with the berries, red wine, and honey.
  3. Garnish with orange slices and serve. It is best consumed immediately.

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16. Kir Cocktail

Kir Wine Cocktail

The Kir, a classic berry-flavored wine cocktail, has just two ingredients- crème de cassis and dry white wine. Depending on what type of wines are available, you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want!

This best wine cocktail is a great way to use up the bottle of wine that's been sitting in your fridge for months with no takers. Kirs have a lot of variation. One of its most popular varieties, kir royale, uses champagne or another sparkling wine to make it even more celebratory. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a wine glass, pour the creme de cassis.
  2. Add the dry white wine slowly.
  3. Add ice if desired.

17. Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy Corn Cocktail 

A Halloween-inspired wine cocktail, this is as creative as it is unique. The sweet flavor of this drink will be sure to please anyone who loves Halloween treats!

Ingredients

For the Kettle Corn Gin:

For the Citrus Peel Grenadine Syrup:

For the Cocktail:

Steps to Make

For the Kettle Corn Gin:

  1. In a lidded container, pour the gin and add the kettle corn.
  2. Allow the mixture to infuse and leave it for 24 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture to remove the kettle corn and then rebottle the liquid.
  4. Store in a refrigerator.

For the Syrup:

  1. On medium heat, mix the granulated sugar with the pomegranate juice in a large pan until it dissolves.
  2. After dissolving, add the citrus skins and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Remove the skins and chill the syrup in a refrigerator.

For the Cocktail:

  1. Pour the kettle corn gin, Moscato wine, and citrus-infused grenadine into a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with candy corn and serve.

18. White Sangria

 White Sangria

A sangria created with white wine instead of red, this refreshing beverage has crisp and sweet flavors. The best white sangria, hands down, is made with an Albariño. White sangria is the best wine cocktail to enjoy with a summertime meal.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Cut the peaches and apple into smaller pieces and put them in a large pitcher.
  2. Sprinkle it with sugar, stir, and let it sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  3. After that 20 minutes, pour the white wine and brandy into the pitcher.
  4. Add the mint and sliced lemons.
  5. Stir and refrigerate until 4 hours.
  6. Serve in an ice-filled glass.
  7. If desired, top it off with sparkling water.

19. The Something Blue Cocktail

The Something Blue Cocktail

The "Something Blue" is a delicate, easy-to-make drink that is sure to make any occasion more glamorous. The eye appeal of the cocktail will add elegance to your special day, while its taste will fit nicely with all your other dishes.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Chill the ingredients in a refrigerator.
  2. In a champagne flute, pour the Hpnotiq, white wine, and then the ginger ale. Serve immediately afterward.

20. Frisco 49 Cocktail

Frisco 49 Cocktail

The Frisco 49 cocktail, a wine cocktail inspired by the French 75, is an invigorating mixture of pear gin, roasted peaches, and lemon juice. 

Ingredients

For Pear-Infused Gin:

  • 1 medium Bartlett pear
  • 1 medium Anjou Pear
  • 750-mL Gin

For Roasted Peach Honey Syrup:

For Cocktail:

Steps to Make

For Pear-Infused Gin:

  1. Cut the pears into smaller slices and put them in a lidded container.
  2. Add the gin to the pears.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place for 1-3 days.
  4. Strain the mixture and remove the pears.

For the Syrup:

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 F. While waiting, cut the peaches in half and sprinkle with some cinnamon.
  2. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Blend the roasted fruit, honey, and water.
  4. Strain the mixture and remove the solids.

For the Cocktail:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, pour the gin, lemon juice, and syrup with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well, then strain it into a champagne flute.
  3. Top it with sparkling wine, then garnish with maraschino cherries.

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21. French Pear Martini

French Pear Martini - Image by thespruceeats.com

French Pear Martini - Image by thespruceeats.com

The French Pear Martini utilizes two excellent ingredients, pear vodka and St. Germain, which produce a delicious drink perfect for any occasion! The glass has an elegant taste and the appeal to be easy and quick to serve.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Using a lemon wedge to wet the rim of the glass, rim it then with superfine sugar.
  2. Pour the elderflower liqueur and pear vodka into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well, then strain into the glass.
  4. Top with Champagne, then garnish with a lemon twist or pear slice.

22. Mimosa Cocktail with Prosecco

Mimosa Cocktail

One drink stands out in particular for a brunch staple, and it’s the mimosa. This sweet, bubbly liquid combines sparkling wine with orange juice to create an elegant yet refreshing beverage. Using the prosecco will add that wonderful sweetness with its apple and pear notes.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Tilt the Champagne flute and pour the Prosecco.
  3. Top it off with orange juice.
  4. Add a small amount of Cointreau and garnish with orange wedges. (Optional)

23. Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

This wine cocktail is almost unbeatable to be the perfect concoction for summertime! It's refreshing, fruity, and a fabulous party drink. It only takes about five minutes to prepare, yet it will surely please your taste buds!

Ingredients

  • 750-mL White wine
  • 2 cups Fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 Lemons, sliced
  • 12 oz. Lemonade
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) Lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Steps to Make

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, berries, lemons, lemonade, and sugar.
  2. Cover and chill in a refrigerator overnight.
  3. Add the lemon-lime soda and ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with slices of lemon, then serve.

24. Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

Forget the gin; this Negroni has bubbles. The Sbagliato is a spin-off on the classic Negroni cocktail that uses sparkling wine instead of gin. Mix right in the glass for a leisurely drink without the hassle of a shaker.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a lowball glass, pour the vermouth and Campari.
  2. Stir well and add ice.
  3. Top it off with sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with orange peel and serve.

25. Plumdog Millionaire Cocktail

Plumdog Millionaire Cocktail

Last but not least is a one-of-a-kind wine cocktail. The Plumdog Millionaire, you guessed it, is a play on the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire." It is rare to see plums in cocktails, but when they are paired with lavender, it surprisingly creates a fantastic drink. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Using lavender sugar, rim a cocktail glass.
  2. Combine the gin, plum wine, and lavender soda in an ice-filled mixing glass.
  3. Stir well, then strain into the cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with plum slices and serve.

Conclusion

The summer is the perfect time for some sweet cold refreshments. We hope you liked this list of the best wine cocktails that you can enjoy this scorching season. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

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