Wine cocktails are light and easy drinks. Mixing up a small batch of sangria or a wine spritzer is a great way to use up an open bottle of wine.
For a refreshing spritzer, combine rose wine with orange liqueur, carbonated water, orange bitters and fresh lemon.
Rose Wine Spritzer Recipe
4 ounces rose wine, chilled (I used a Cabernet Franc rose)
1/2 ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
Few dashes orange bitters
1 ounce sparkling water, chilled
In a glass filled with ice combine chilled rose wine, orange liqueur and orange bitters. Top with sparkling water; garnish with lemon slices.
Makes 1 cocktail
More wine cocktails:
White Wine Spritzer from Bourbon and Honey
Small Batch White Sangria from Drink and Cocktail Recipes
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Some flavors are made for each other. Yeah, we all know about chocolate and peanut butter, but there are many more flavor pairings to explore. One of my favorite pairings is floral jasmine plus spicy ginger. Here, I’ve brought the two together in a refreshing mocktail. The mix of jasmine green tea plus sparkly ginger beer, lime and strawberries has been my favorite drink of the summer.
Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea Recipe
1 wedge lime
4 ounces *brewed jasmine green tea, chilled
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled (I used Gosling’s)
Garnishes: Fresh sliced strawberries and additional lime wedges
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge over the ice and drop the lime wedge into the glass. Add the chilled green tea and ginger beer; stir gently. Garnish with strawberries and additional lime wedges.
Makes 1 drink
*Tip: For brewed tea, I used Rishi organic loose-leaf jasmine green tea. I steeped 1 tablespoon of tea in 2 cups of hot, but not boiling water (180 degrees F) for 3 minutes. The brewed tea should be cooled at room temperature, and then chilled in the refrigerator.
Grapefruit Oolong Tea Smoothie
Hibiscus Green Tea Soda from Eating Clean Recipes
Rishi Jasmine Green Tea (Amazon)