Top 3 cocktails made with wine for the summer
Enjoy a cool glass of wine on a sunny terrace is ideal. But cocktails also hit the spot.
Here are 3 trendy wine-based cocktails to sip during the summer.
1) The spritz
At the first ray of sunshine, the terraces and bars of Hong Kong are invaded by a sparkling orange-colored cocktail that comes to us from Italy but which was invented by the Austrians: the Spritz. Made from Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) or white wine, Campari or Apérol (bitter-tasting orange alcohol) and sparkling water are added.
Its history dates back to the 19th century when the city of Venice was invaded by Austrian soldiers. The latter found the Italian wines too strong for their taste and ordered to sprinkle (spritzen in German) the sparkling water wines. This is how the first Spritz was born.
How to do it?
- 1 bottle of Aperol
- 1 bottle of Prosecco
- 1 bottle of Club Soda
- Some oranges
Aperol spritz cocktails are unbelievably easy to make. No cocktail shaker or fancy equipment required!
You’ll simply fill a wine glass with ice, then add Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and a slice of orange.
2) The Bellini
Refined and sweet, the Bellini is one of the chicest and renowned wine-based cocktails. Its recipe traditionally consists of champagne, peach purée, fruit skewers and a few slices of citrus fruit. This cocktail was invented in the 1940s in Venice as a tribute to the painter Giovanni Bellini.
How to do it?
- 4 medium ripe peaches (1 ½ pound), plus a few peach slices for garnish if desired.
- 1 bottle Prosecco, chilled
First, make peach purée: Peel your peaches slice them in half, and remove the pits. Place the halved peaches in a blender or food processor, and blend until the purée is completely smooth. Peach purée is best served chilled, so place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to cool.
When you’re ready to serve, pour 2 ounces (¼ cup) chilled peach purée into a Champagne flute. Pour in some chilled Prosecco, being careful not to overflow the glass. Gently stir with a spoon to combine.
Top off the drink with another splash of Prosecco and garnish with a peach slice, if desired. Serve at once!
3) The Sangria Rosa
You've probably heard of sangria, that Spanish cocktail made from wine and fruit. If you're a rosé wine enthusiast, the Sangria rosé version will please you. Often made with Cabernet or Anjou, a small dose of cognac and red fruits such as strawberries, cherries, peaches and a touch of cinnamon are added.
How to do it?
- 1 (750-mL.) bottle red wine
- 1 (12-oz.) can seltzer
- 1 c. orange juice
- 1/2 c. brandy
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 c. blueberries
- 1 c. sliced strawberries
In a large pitcher, mix together wine, seltzer, orange juice, brandy, and sugar then stir in oranges, apples, blueberries, and strawberries.