Great Wine Based Cocktails to Try This Summer

Everyone loves a refreshing summer cocktail. There’s nothing better than lounging in the sunshine with a chilled glass at your side.

According to The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/21/uk-weather-barristers-remove-wigs-gowns-britain-sizzles-hottest), the country recently experienced its hottest day for 40 years – so it’s a good excuse to get the cocktail shaker out of the cupboard!

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If you like wine, here are a few refreshing summer cocktails to try out:

Red Splash

Tasty and fruity, this cocktail will wow your guests at any event.

Ingredients:

1½oz silver tequila

1½oz pinot noir

1½oz lime juice

½oz agave nectar

2 oz grapefruit soda

Method: Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Apple and Pink Julep

A fantastic fresh and fruity cocktail, this will have you asking for a fill-up.

Ingredients:

10-15 mint leaves

1½oz apple juice

Croft Pink

Method: Place the mint leaves and apple juice in a glass, then gently press the leaves before adding a large measure of Croft Pink Port. Add ice and stir until the cocktail is chilled. Fill with more ice and garnish with mint.

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Summer Cup

If you like Pimm’s, you’ll love a Summer Cup. There are several different recipes, some of which include fruit, so why not let your imagination run riot? Here are the basics:

Ingredients:

2 oz sparkling white wine

1 oz ginger or orange liqueur

2 oz lemonade or tonic

2 oz cranberry juice

Method: Combine all the ingredients in a glass with ice, stir and serve. Or multiply the ingredients and make a punchbowl a party.

The Refresher

Does what it says in the name! A cooling, fruity, rather zesty drink which will help you chill even on the hottest of days.

Ingredients:

2 mint sprigs

5 grapes

½oz lemon juice

½oz simple syrup (to make, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar dissolves)

1¼oz vanilla vodka

1 oz Chardonnay

Prosecco

Garnish: 2 grapes

Method: Put the grapes, syrup and mint into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, lemon juice and wine. Shake and strain, before topping with Prosecco and garnishing with grapes.