Look, wine is great on it's own. You'll never find us hating on a good ol' fashioned glass of red (or white, or pink). But too often, people fail to realize wine's full potential—namely, the ability to use wine as part of a cocktail. The complex flavors in a glass of wine can be enhanced, tweaked and bettered by adding other delicious flavors. See below for our roundup of some of our favorite wine-based cocktails, concepts and traditions.
1. Tinto de Verano
Tinto de Verano is an amazing, easy-to-make cocktail commonly found in southern Spain. Similar to the Kalimotxo (see below), Tinto de Verano is made using red wine and a sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda. It's extremely easy to make and ridiculously refreshing on a hot day. See above for a great recipe.
2. Tarantas Wine Slushie with Melon Pimms and Crystalized Ginger
This awesome red wine slushie is for those who like a SPICY drink—it uses crystalized ginger blended with Pimm's and red wine to make a refreshing, complex slushie cocktail for a hot day.
3. Peach and Plum Brandy Sangria
This recipe comes from the Whole Food Real Families website and according to them, "This Peach and Plum Brandy Sangria pairs sweet fruit with your favorite white wine and a little brandy for an extra kick. Not too sweet, perfect for sharing when the weather gets warm!" Sounds good to us!
4. Lumina Bella (White Wine, Prosecco, Elderflower Liqueur)
Our bougiest guilty pleasure is drinking free cucumber water from hotel lobbies, so it's no surprise that we love this cucumber-garnished Pinot Grigio/Prosecco/Elderflower cocktail. Super easy, very refreshing.
Of course, we couldn't make a wine-cocktail list without honoring the Kalimotxo—the Basque/Spanish blend of red wine and cola—that our company MOTXO is inspired by. It's weird, different and delicious. You HAVE to give it a try.
6. Classic Sangria
We'd be remiss not to include the most famous of all wine cocktails: the classic sangria. Sangria can be made a hundred different ways, but the typical ingredients are red wine, fruit juice, simple syrup and chunks of fruits, served chilled or over ice. The above recipe, features some fruit liqueurs that look delicious.
7. Mulled/Spiced Wine
Another wine cocktail classic is mulled or spiced wine. This drink is made hot and typically found around Christmas or winter time. Although to be honest, we think it tastes good over ice in the summer as well. You can usually find mulling spices pre-packaged in a store, or just mix and match your own flavors to suit your taste.
Do you have your own wine recipe you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments section.