As someone who was born and raised North Carolina, I’ve tried to cope with the humid, unbearably hot summers in a multitude of ways: portable fans, ice packs in places they don’t normally go, cranking up the AC to arctic levels, and so on.
But as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve come to learn that nothing beats the heat quite like a tall glass of something cool, refreshing, and filled with wine!
These summery wine cocktails are easy to make and will make you forget all about how much you’re sweating under the blazing sun.
Most of them are 5 ingredients or less, and feature whites, reds, rosés, and sparkling wines. From sangrias to slushies to spritzers, there’s something for everyone on this list!
So let’s get ready to take on the humidity and find our new favorite summer wine cocktails to drink on the beach, poolside, and while sitting on top of an air conditioner!
With rosé, rose petal simple syrup, and edible roses, this absolutetly gorgeous sangria is basically summer in a glass. It's a perfect for a fancy summer brunch and should be the go-to drink of every garden party.
Nothing says summer like a bouquet of fresh berries in your drink! This recipe uses two types of wine -- a white and a sparkling -- with triple sec, lime juice, mint, and whatever berries you have lying around. It looks delicious and would be perfect for the fourth of July!
You'll feel like Queen/King of your own tropical island sipping on one of these bad boys! Plus, since you're basically drinking a smoothie, you'll be getting in all of your essential vitamins for the day. (I mean, maybe. I'm no doctor.)
Summertime drinks are all about the fresh fruit, but this drink takes it another level by adding aromatic jasime liqueur and Angostura bitters. Throw in a bottle of white wine and maybe an edible flower or two, and you've got yourself a lovely little cocktail!
What's better than sangria? Sangria mixed into a margarita, of course! In this recipe, you whip up a batch of frozen margs and then drizzle (or heavily pour) the sangria on top. It's pretty to look at and the tequila provides a nice little extra kick.
For my fellow Southerners out there, sweet tea is a necessary beverage in the summertime when you want to cool down. This recipe just makes sweet tea that much better by adding wine, triple sec, and some seasonal fruits.
Rhubarb doesn't get nearly enough credit when it comes to summertime produce. This perennial vegetable goes perfectly with strawberry and strawberry goes perfectly with Champagne, so by the properties of math, this cocktail is literally flawless.
Cucumber and honeydew are two summer favorites, and this recipe creatively puts them together to make a delicious, summery sangria! The recipe also uses St. Germain liqueuer and white rum to give this light tasting sangria a big ol' kick.
There's no better way to end a hot July day than with a beautiful summer sunset! This cocktail uses agave syrup and orange juice for sweetness, lime for some zesty acidty, and sparkling rosé for... wine.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling cooler already! Some of these cocktails are fancier than others, but they will all serve the same, noble purpose of making your summer filled with wine and merriment.
Which cocktail are you excited to try? Do you have a go-to that I missed? Let me know in the comment section below so I can try it for myself!
I’m Rachel and I like to drink wine A LOT. Boxed wine, bottled wine, wine in a boat, wine from a moat. You get it. I also like to travel while I’m drinking to make it look more like a productive hobby as opposed to something to frown upon.
If you like going places, drinking in those places, and learning new things, this is the blog for you!