5 Wine Based Summer Cocktails

We wait for the sun to arrive all year and then when it finally gets here, we complain that it’s too hot. It’s probably due to the fact that most of us work in offices and unlike our friends state-side, we don’t have the air conditioning units installed in preparation. We do Spring and Autumn better than any country in the World, but we’re never prepared for Summer and we’re certainly never prepared for the snowy Winter months.

However now the sun is in full flow, it’s time to enjoy it and a part of that is enjoying a nice drink or two. Here at Virgin towers we obviously enjoy the odd tipple, and wine is our course our preferred choice, however sometimes we need to take that wine and make a summer cocktail that is both ultra refreshing and ultimately delicious.

Moscatini by Maureen C. Petrovsky

a picture of a moscatini cocktail

1 oz.  Moscato Wine

1 oz. Vodka

Garnish: lemon twist

Combine ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a lemon twist.

San Francisco Sangaree by Wines by Wives

San Francisco Sangaree

4 cherries

1/4 oz simple syrup

1 1/2 oz. Merlot

1 oz. bourbon

1 lemon slice

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Muddle cherries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, simple syrup, wine, bourbon, and lemon slice. Shake and strain into a glass.
A  picture of the Star Gazer cocktail


1.5 oz Rye

1.5 oz Lillet Blanc

Dash Agnostura bitters

Slice of orange peel

Place rye, Lillet, bitters and orange peel into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled rocks class

French 75 by Tim Robinson, Independent

a picture of a French 75 cocktail

45ml Dry Gin

10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

5ml sugar syrup (or a small teaspoon of superfine sugar)

Top up with Champagne

SHAKE the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with cubed ice. STRAIN into a Champagne Flute, top up with champagne & garnish with a twist of lemon.

A picture of a red hit summer cocktail

¾ c. red wine

¼ c. lemon-lime soda

Small ice cubes

Garnish: lime wheel

Combine ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a lime wheel.


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