Time for Wine
Summer is almost here! In preparation for those hot summer days we want to share some of our favorite summer wine recipes found on Xiamen Summer.
Our first recommendation needs no recipe. it’s simply wine on Ice. Ice not only makes the wine more refreshing, but also increases the volume of liquid, giving me more sips for the same quantity of alcohol. And did you know that alcohol actually reduces body temperature? So as we head into our warmest months, I suggest you go in for some cooling summer sipping. Icy wine punches embellished with fruits make the ideal light and breezy beverage.
Here are a list of great recipes with a little more detail:
CRANBERRY WINE COCKTAIL
Another pleasant fruit and wine combination.
- 6 cups cranberry juice
- 1 bottle red wine
- 2 cups orange juice
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Sliced orange and lemon for garnish
Mix all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Pour over ice and garnish with citrus slices.
STRAWBERRY WINE COOLER
- 1 pint of sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 6-ounce can undiluted frozen lemonade
- 1 liter chilled club soda
- Mint for garnish
Macerate the berries with sugar and wine for 1 to 8 hours. Add lemonade concentrate and chilled soda water. Serve over ice; garnish with fresh mint.
- Slice of watermelon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 2 1/2 ounces pinot grigio
- Thin slice of watermelon for garnish
Muddle watermelon with sugar; add pineapple juice and wine.
Pour into shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in highball glass and garnish with a thin slice of watermelon.