Wine Tips & Tricks

Our Very Best Summer Wine Cocktails

On drinking in the summer heat:

Avoid the heavy, boozy feeling
with super-light drinks

A classic summer drink should be light and refreshing–and appropriately boozy,– so that when you accidentally slurp it down, you’ll still feel great. This is why we’re so attracted to wine cocktails that are light on sweetness. These 4 wine cocktails have won the hearts of many, and they will make drinking in the sun a delight!

Summer cocktails should be light and crazy refreshing.

4 Well-Loved Summer Wine Cocktails

Moscato Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This drink takes a little bit of blending to make perfectly, so use your smoothie maker. Take all the ingredients (minus the Moscato) and blend, then strain into a glass, then top with ice and pour over Moscato. It tastes best served with a straw, preferably with your shoes off.

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White Port and Tonic

The classic summer spritzer in Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia (in Portugal!) is a simple 1-to-1 ratio of tonic and White Port. It’s delicious and profoundly simple to fashion.

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TIP: Encourage hydration with a glass of water–or sparkling water,– alongside every drink.

4-Ingredient Sangria

Don’t ever buy premade Sangria again. This 4-ingredient recipe is so easy, you’ll be shocked with how awesome it tastes. It’s lighter than other top Sangria recipes because it only uses wine. Moderate how sweet it is yourself.

See how to make it on video

G.G. Fizz

Ginger-addicts finally have a wine-cocktail that stands up to a Moscow Mule. The fresh ginger gives it a lovely kick and the Gewürztraminer wine adds aromas of perfume and roses… in short, it’s outstanding.

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Have you developed a wine cocktail recipe that you want us to try? Let us know about it!

About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly