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
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Raspberry Lime White Wine Slushies
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
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 CocktailContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Moscato Bee's Knees
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
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
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 BlancaContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Sonoma Spritz Aperitif
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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