It’s patio time! These amazing summer wine coolers and Mimosas recipes are wonderful for the patio! I suggest using bottles of wine that are in the $10-$15 range. You don’t want to mess up really nice wine by adding fruits and sodas! Keep the budget intact and enjoy your summer!
Amazing Summer Wine Coolers and Mimosas
Strawberry Chardonnay Wine Cooler
Pull stems and leaves from 15 strawberries and cut into quarters. Throw them and two tbsp of brown sugar in the blender until pureed.
Mix in a gallon pitcher:
One bottle of a Chardonnay, 20oz Sprite or another lemon-lime flavoured soda pop, and the puree made above. You can add more or less of the puree, depending on how much strawberry-ness you’d like!
Serve in a tall wine glass over ice (don’t add the ice to the pitcher, it will water your drink down!) and garnish with a strawberry on the side!
Serve this strawberry cooler with a nice lemon chicken or a shrimp cocktail.
Peach Champagne Mimosa
Buy a peach nectar from your grocer. I like to use a Prosecco with this recipe. Pour Prosecco over ice in a tall wine goblet, pour a little of the nectar in, and stir. Serve with a peach slice! This cocktail is great for parties with the ladies. I serve it at baby showers, bachelorette parties, and mother’s day brunches.
Grapefruit Sauvignon Blanc Cooler
Use a knife to slice the skin off of a ruby grapefruit. Slice the fruit into sections. Make sure none of the white rind is left.
Mix in a pitcher 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, 20 oz of grapefruit soda, and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Pour into wine goblets, over ice, and garnish with the slices of grapefruit you made earlier.
Serve this one with seafood. Grilled halibut with roasted veggies would be a nice pair for this one.
My Famous Mimosa
First step is good oranges. I like to use Naval oranges. A juicer will help you as you will need fresh squeezed juice. Once you’ve squeezed enough to have half a gallon, keep squeezing. You’re gonna run out of these if you only have half a gallon (2 quarts). You are going to need lots of sparkling wine, too. I like a Spumante for this recipe. I suggest making this by the pitcher. You want two thirds wine to one third orange juice, and my secret ingredient: Grand Marnier, but it’s optional! You’re going to need a half oz per 8oz mimosa. Do not serve this drink iced. Keep the ingredients cold in the refrigerator or on ice (not in the pitcher!). Watery mimosas are no fun. This Mimosa is best served with breakfast or at a pool party.
Pinot Grigio is a nice dry Italian wine that goes very well with a mango puree. One bottle of Pinot Grigio, 20oz of Sprite or a lemon-lime soda, and two tbsp of mango puree, all mixed up and served over ice in a wine goblet. This is great with Indian food or spicy barbecue.
Do you have a favourite summer drink? What is it?