Summer is the best season of the year for many people. The sun and the heat increase the desire to be outdoors, to cool off with a trip to the sea, to enjoy an ice cream, or, why not, to sip a wine and fruit cocktail.
Fruit is central to summer: many fruits ripen between June and September, making these months colourful and full of sweet flavours. A great classic drink is the fresh and thirst-quenching wine and fruit cocktail: white, sparkling wine, and rosé wines offer cocktails for all tastes!
This drink is perfect as a fresh aperitif while relaxing at home, especially during the holidays. Indeed, with the help of a cocktail set and these easy recipes, anyone can become a professional bar person!
Spritz with myrtle and Prosecco: a light, fresh cocktail
It's time for an aperitif: what could be better than a Spritz? For this fruity summer variant of the Spritz you need:
- 6 cl of wine or Prosecco extra dry
- 2 cl of myrtle liqueur
- Slice of orange
Cool the glass with ice, pour the ingredients and garnish with a slice of orange. Cheers!
White Sangria: spicy and irresistible variant
Everyone knows the classic Sangria typical of the Spanish tradition, but how many have ever tasted a white Sangria?
The ingredients are:
- 1 bottle of 7pm Blanc
- 1 orange
- 2 peaches
- Half a melon
- Strawberries to taste
- Cinnamon powder or sticks
Cut all the fruit into small pieces and place them in a carafe together with two cinnamon sticks, then cover everything with blanc de Blancs wine. White sangria is also perfect as a welcome drink for your next BBQ!
A sweet gift for the end of summer: Fig Wine
Delicious cocktail that has as its protagonist the fig, a sweet fruit that is harvested between August and September, the ingredients for a glass are:
- 4 cl of white wine
- 2 cl of soda
- 3 mint leaves
- 1/2 fig
- 1 lime
Cut the lime into small pieces and crush it together with the mint leaves and 1/2 fig. Add flake ice, soda, and white wine such as Oltrepò Pavese Riesling DOC.
Exotic Fruit Party: an invitation to celebrate summer
The ingredients of this cocktail with an exotic and refreshing taste are:
- Kiwi pulp
- Marc de Cassis
- Peach pulp
- Pomegranate pulp
- Maracuja pulp
- Sparkling wine
- Fresh fruit
Pour a cl of each of the fruit purees into a flute, fill with iced sparkling wine and garnish with fresh fruit.
Watermelon Pepper or Peppermelon: the thirst-quenching cocktail
Cocktail of the summer par excellence, the Watermelon Pepper is made with:
- 60 g watermelon
- 60 cl of fresh white wine
- 60 cl lime juice
- 3 mint or basil leaves
- 60 cl of soda
- Pink pepper to taste
Crush the watermelon, mint leaves and pink pepper, pour into a glass with ice and add lime juice and a white wine like Provobis.
Bowl Summer Night for an aperitif with friends
When you have invited guests to your home and don’t know what they would like to drink, why not prepare a carafe for fruit and wine cocktails to be served in the moment? For 6 – 8 glasses you need:
- 500 g sour cherries or cherries
- 2 ripe pears
- 1 orange
- 4 cl cherry liqueur
- Juice of an orange
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 2 bottles of rosé wine
- 1 bottle of sparkling wine
Wash and pit the cherries. Peel the pears and cut them into wedges. Peel the orange and cut it into thin slices. Gather the fruit in the carafe and mix it with the liqueur, orange juice, cinnamon, and sugar. Cover with a bottle of rosé and let stand in the fridge for 3 or 4 hours. Just before serving, remove the cinnamon and fill the carafe with the rest of the rosé wine and prosecco.
To be fully prepared, you can also opt for Ready to Drink cocktails by Giordano Vini such as the Mimosa cocktail or the Bellini - long drinks that are perfect for an aperitif. Now we can toast to summer!