10 Creative Cocktails Made With Wine (Because Wine Not?)

Floating Kitchen

National Wine Day is May 25–not that we need an excuse to break out a bottle of red, white, rosé or Champagne. For oenophiles, enjoying a glass or two is one of life’s simple pleasures. But what about those times when you’re craving the complexity of a mixed drink and the sippability of wine? Good news: you no longer have to choose between the two! If you like vino, you’re going to love wine-infused cocktails. These boozy hybrids are becoming increasingly popular, and as such, creative recipes are popping up everywhere. From refreshing spritzers and frosé to fruit-laced sangria and wine slushies, these vino-fied libations are sure to make a splash, all summer long. Cheers!

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    White Zinfandel Sangria Lemonade

    Cooking with a Wallflower

    Sangria and lemonade are summer staples—particularly when it comes to seasonal soirees. Which got us thinking...why not combine them? Luckily, this White Zinfandel-spiked lemonade does just that. Pour yourself a glass, turn on some tunes, and let the lawn games begin!

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    Raspberry Lime White Wine Slushies

    Happy Mothering

    Scorching temperatures call for frozen refreshments—more specifically wine slushies! Tart, tangy and oh so tasty, these raspberry lime white wine slushies are the ultimate cool-down cocktail.

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    Peach and Basil White Sangria

    Amuse Your Bouche

    For those long hot days ahead, we love to kick back and relax with some friends and a glass of white sangria. (Don’t worry red sangria has its place too!) Made with fresh peaches, basil, white wine, and sparkling lemonade, this white sangria is like a cup of sunshine. Sip. Smile. Repeat.

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    Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail

    The Adventure Bite

    Perfect for entertaining, this pretty Champagne cocktail is sure to wow partygoers. Homemade blackberry lavender syrup gives it a beautiful, vibrant hue. Plus, you can make it ahead of time. So when your guests arrive, you can focus your full attention on hosting, rather than making drinks.

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    Moscato Bee's Knees

    The Kitchen Is My Playground

    This honey-laced libation substitutes Moscato wine for traditional gin. It’s sweet, lemony and lovely for sipping on a leisurely afternoon. Safe to say, this vino-based version of a Bee's Knees certainly lives up to its name.

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    Honeydew and Kiwi White Sangria

    Floating Kitchen

    Light, refreshing and super easy to make, this tropical white sangria calls for white wine (we favor a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, but you could also use Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, if you prefer), kiwi, honeydew, fresh mint and club soda. The addition of tequila and brandy (hey, it’s part of the recipe) turn this into one seriously boozy beverage.

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    Blackberry Red Wine Spritzers

    Random Acts of Pastel

    Looking for a creative use for a beloved boozy classic? Red wine ice cubes, blackberry sparkling water and a fresh berry garnish makes this party-ready spritzer a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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    Sauvignon Blanc Paloma Blanca

    Mommy Musings

    You’re likely familiar with the traditional tequila-based Paloma, but what about it’s cool cousin, the Sauvignon Blanc-spiked Paloma blanca? This bright, citrusy cocktail is just what you need to beat the summer heat.

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    Sonoma Spritz Aperitif

    Lara Ferroni via The Journey of Jordan

    While many mixologists contend that you only need three ingredients to create a great cocktail, this sonoma spritz aperitif defies such thinking. It combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Jardesca California Aperitiva (a wine-based aperitif), junmai sake, elderflower tonic water, grapefruit shrub, agave syrup, raw sugar, Meyer lemon and fresh mint into a complex, aromatic aperitif—perfecting for waking up your palette pre dinner.

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    Ramshackle Glam

    And last, but certainly not least, frosé (AKA frozen rosé). The official drink of summer 2016 continues its reign over the seasonal cocktail scene. No surprise, given it quite literally blends two of our all time favorite things: Rosé and frozen cocktails.