Column: Wine cocktails popular in summer

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Commentary by Elizabeth Morse

Often in the summertime we find ourselves entertaining larger groups of people. This is a great opportunity to make your wine fridge work for you. Wine cocktails enable you to serve budget-friendly wines in an upscale way. They are also a great way to make fine wine go a bit further.

Instead of making specific wine suggestions, I’m going to give you a few no-fail recipes where you can use what you’ve got or what’s on sale. You’re welcome.

My favorite ever: Take a champagne flute and drop a cube of sugar in the bottom. Splash a few drops of blood orange bitters over the cube and fill the remainder of the glass with any sparkling wine. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

This next libation uses any white wine. Super simple. Equal parts of wine, lemonade and cranberry juice. Mix in a pitcher, serve over ice and top with a splash of ginger ale.

For red wine lovers, try this one: Three parts of any red and one part 7 Up. Serve over ice and add a few frozen red grapes to fancy things up.

Last but not least, a Moscato martini. Moscato is so popular these days but pretty sweet. Mixing equal parts of chilled Moscato and icy cold vodka presents a more sophisticated approach. It can also use up that random flavored vodka you’ve been hanging on to. Almost any vodka will work.

I’d love to hear what you think. If you fix one up, drop me a line. Cheers!


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