Chill Out with Summer Wine Coolers: 10 Favorite Cool Wine Cocktails

Just because the weather’s turned hot, there’s no reason to abandon your wine collection in favor of chilled, icy drinks. From the ubiquitous seltzer-spritzed wine cooler to the fresh, exotic flavors of sangria, here are a few ways to enjoy wine and while cooling off at the same time.

Basic Sangria from Delish.comClassic Sangria

  • Sangria merlot or Shiraz, or lighter with white or rose
  • 1 bottle (1.5 liters) red wine (recommend merlot or Shiraz)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 nectarines pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut in half then sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 Kirby (pickling) cucumber sliced
  • 3 cups seltzer or club soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes

In 3- to 4-quart pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy, and sugar;  stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in fruit and cucumber. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight. To serve, stir seltzer into pitcher. Fill glasses with ice and pour sangria.

Variation: Try white or rosé wine with peaches and strawberries.


Peach Wine Cooler from Delish.comPeach Wine Cooler

  • 3 cups seltzer
  • 1 cup peach juice or nectar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 slices fresh peach

Combine seltzer and peach juice (or nectar) in a pitcher. If desired, add wine and honey; stir until the honey is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with peach slices.


Ginger-Blueberry Wine Cooler from BettyCrocker.comGinger-Blueberry Wine Coolers

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Pinot Grigio
  • 2 cups chilled ginger ale
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries

In pitcher, mix all ingredients. Serve immediately in tall glasses over ice or wine flutes.


Lemonade Wine CoolerLemonade Wine Coolers

  • White wine
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon flavored seltzer water
  • Slice of lemon
  • Crushed ice or ice cubes

Add some crushed ice or two ice cubes to a wine glass or you can use a water glass for a large lemonade wine cooler.

Fill the glass 1/2 full with white wine. You can use any white wine or a pink wine or blush wine will work fine too.

Add some lemonade until the glass is 3/4 full.  You can use ready-made lemonade or you can use lemon Kool-Aid or if you are watching your calories, use lemon Crystal Light or another brand of sugar-free lemonade.

Fill the glass to the top with lemon flavored seltzer water. Add a slice of lemon as a garnish.


Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler from BonAppetit.comMango Cucumber Wine Cooler

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 750-ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, peeled, cut into 1/4″ rounds
  • 1 mango, pitted, peeled, finely diced
  • 12 sprigs fresh mint, divided
  • 1 cup ginger ale

Stir sugar and 1  1/2 tablespoons hot water in a large pitcher until dissolved. Add wine, cucumber, and mango. Remove leaves from 6 sprigs of mint; stir into pitcher. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours.

Stir ginger ale into pitcher. Fill 6 large wineglasses with ice. Divide wine cooler among glasses. Garnish with remaining 6 mint sprigs.


Red Splash from Cosmopolitan.comRed Splash

  • 1½ oz. Camarena Tequila Silver
  • 1½ oz. pinot noir
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 2 oz. grapefruit soda
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Combine all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Black Rose from Chow.comBlack Rose

  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, plus 12 extra berries for garnish
  • 5 ounces Simple Syrup, chilled
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry rosé wine, chilled
  • 9 ounces vodka, chilled
  • 6 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 9 medium limes), chilled
  • Ice
  • 12 thinly sliced lime wheels, for garnish

Place the pint of blackberries and simple syrup in a large pitcher and muddle until the fruit is crushed and juicy but not completely pulverized, about 1 minute. Add the wine, vodka, and lime juice and stir to combine.

Place a fine-mesh strainer over a punch bowl and strain the mixture into the bowl, discarding the solids. Place a large block of ice in the punch and serve in wineglasses filled with ice. Garnish each drink with a blackberry and a lime wheel.


White Wine Mojito from NewYorkTimes.comWhite Wine Mojito

  • ½ lime
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • ½ cup chilled sauvignon blanc
  • ice

To make a Sagestone mojito, take 1/2 lime (cut crosswise) and cut off 1 thin slice and reserve. Cut the rest into 2 wedges. Place in shaker and muddle with 6 fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon agave syrup. Add ½ cup chilled sauvignon blanc and some ice, and shake well. Serve in a stemmed goblet, topped with 1/4 cup chilled club soda and garnished with reserved lime slice.

Source: NewYok Times

Strawberry Wine Cooler from Annies-Eats.comStrawberry Wine Coolers

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • Generous pinch of coarse salt
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles off-dry white wine, such as Riesling, chilled

Reserve 6-8 of the strawberries for garnish.  Add the remaining berries to a blender or food processor with the vodka, salt, and 2 cups of the white wine.  Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any fruit puree bits.  Cover and chill at least 1-2 hours.

To serve, fill wine glasses with ice.  Fill each glass about half full with the fruit-vodka mixture.  Top off with the remaining chilled white wine.  Garnish the glasses with reserved strawberries.


Orange Cranberry Wine Cooler from MyRecipes.comOrange Cranberry Wine Cooler

  • 1/2 cup cranberry-mango juice (such as Ocean Spray) or any cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Merlot or other dry red wine
  • 2/3 cup seltzer water
  • 2 lime slices
  • 2 orange slices

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a pitcher; serve over ice. Garnish with lime and orange slices.


Bonus Beverage: Kalimotxo

If the mixology of these cocktails is too complicated for the lazy days of summer, then try a 50-50 mix of red wine and coke. Known as the Kalimotxo, this Basque-country classic has been experiencing a surge of popularity in recent years. Fans say it tastes just like a good sangria, only without the time spent chopping fruit. What do you think?

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