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The summer season might seem like it’s wrapping up. However, we still have several solid weeks of sun, heat and outdoor fun. No matter if it’s a BBQ, pool party or camping trip in the woods, Sutter Home wines are the perfect alternative to bring on your next summer adventure. Wines are not only meant to be enjoyed on their own, you can create lots of delicious cocktails (or punches!) to get the summer party going. I chose to share with you a summery White Zinfandel cocktail for everyone to enjoy on your next summer fiesta.
- 2 parts Sutter Home White Zinfandel, 1 part Strawberry Vodka, 1 part Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Water, Watermelon fruit and candy for garnish
- Mix all ingredients in a wine glass or pitcher, add ice and stir.
- Add candy at the bottom of the wine glass and garnish the glass with a watermelon slice. If doing it in a pitcher, add watermelon slices to the cocktail to soak in the goodness, but skip the candy.
- You can switch fruits or add more! Suggestions: Strawberries, melon and kiwi.
Rosés and any other pink wines are the heroes of the summer season, so I was really decided to make a pink cocktail with Sutter Home wines… enter their White Zinfandel. This pink wine has strawberry and melon notes that are both refreshing and sweet. Can you say delicioso? I used these fruity notes to combine the wine with Strawberry Vodka and a Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Water to create what I called a Strawberry Zing. The Kiwi Strawberry addition reminds me of my mom back in Puerto Rico, who used to buy us Kiwi Strawberry juice to have with breakfast sandwiches from the panaderia. The cocktail came out sweet, fun and refreshing. The perfect combination for any summer cocktail, if you ask me! I brought it out during a pool party and everyone was delighted, so I totally recommend to mix this cocktail in a pitcher for easy enjoyment by everyone during your event.
When mixing your favorite wines with flavored vodka the key is to pay attention to the notes of the wine in order to combine it with the right flavors, add a little of a flavored or unflavored sparkling water or soda, throw your favorite fruits (or candy!)… Y listo! Sutter Homes has a great variety of award-winning wines at affordable prices to choose from. So, you are sure to find the perfect ones to experiment with the rest of the summer and all year long.
Prefer a Chardonnay? Check out the recipes for an appetizer and dessert I created to pair with this varietal. Find even more Sutter Home summer inspiration on their site, UncorkTheMoments.com. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for even more inspiration and updates. What’s your favorite Sutter Home wine for the summer season? Have you made wine cocktails before, aside from Sangria? Share in a comment!