Are you looking for a delicious cocktail to serve at your backyard barbecue? Summer wine can be used as a light and fruity ingredient to make refreshing and delicious sparkling wine summer cocktails. Serving chilled makes it an ideal treat on summer’s hottest days. Even though chilled sparkling wine is delicious on its own, it really shines when mixed with fruit juices, liqueurs, and syrups. Here are some recipes you absolutely need to try!
The Bellini is a classic cocktail that uses sparkling wine and peach nectar or peach puree. However, you can use other fruits, such as nectarines, apricots, and even mangos. For one glass, add 2 ounces of peach nectar or puree to a champagne flute. Top off with chilled sparkling wine and stir gently.
If you’re in the mood for something with a distinct berry flavor, the Kir Royale is your drink! This cocktail mixes sparkling wine with Chambord, a red and black raspberry liqueur. You can easily substitute any type of berry liqueur you have on hand. To make one glass, place 3 raspberries at the bottom of a champagne flute. Add one tablespoon of berry liqueur and top off with chilled sparkling wine.
Mimosas are a staple brunch-time cocktail that typically mixes orange juice and sparkling wine. You could, however, sub in another citrus-flavored juice such as blood orange or grapefruit juice instead. To make a pitcher that serves a crowd, add one bottle (750 ml) of chilled, sparkling wine and ½ gallon of orange or other citrus juice. Add a few ice cubes to keep it chilled and pour into individual glasses.
This cocktail is light and refreshing. If you can, choose a sparkling wine that has distinct citrusy notes to bring out the flavor of the grapefruit juice. To make one cocktail, add 1 teaspoon of Grenadine syrup to the bottom of a champagne flute. Add 1 tablespoon of grapefruit juice and top with chilled sparkling wine.
Sparkling Wine Mojito
If you’re a big fan of the classic mojito, you’ll absolutely love this version, which uses sparkling wine. Add ½ cup simple syrup, one cup of fresh mint leaves, and lime wedges from two limes in a pitcher and muddle well with a wooden spoon. Top with 2 cups light rum and 4 cups sparkling wine and stir. Strain the mixture into another pitcher. To serve, pour into a wine glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge.
This cocktail is unique because, unlike other cocktails that use sparkling wine, it isn’t fruity. However, it’s still refreshing! To make, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add 2 ounces gin, 1-ounce lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons sugar and shake well. If you aren’t a fan of gin, you can substitute in cognac or choose a gin that has a milder flavor. Pour into a champagne flute and top with chilled sparkling wine.
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