Summer Cocktail Ideas

“Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summertime drink recipe.” That’s one of Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts this week, and I happen to have some summer cocktail ideas that I think you’ll love!

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

Summer Cocktail Ideas

I’ve got the recipe for my favorite summer drink, a refreshing vodka cocktail perfect on a warm summer evening or to sip at a party. I’ve also got recipes for a Perfect Summer Cocktail that is smooth and refreshing, but with a flavorful kick, a Peach and Orange Sangria, and even a One-Glass White Sangria!

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

I know not everybody is crazy about cocktails. I also have some of my favorite water recipes here. You’ll never want to drink soda again.

Looking for some fun summer cocktail ideas? From vodka to wine to sangria popsicles, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes! I've even got some delicious water recipes that your favorite liquour can be easily added to.

And if you’re looking for an icy treat to cool down with on a warm day, my friend Betsy shares a recipe for Sangria Popsicles!

I’ve also got lots of other cocktail recipes here for any time of the year. Want even more? Visit my Happy Hour board on Pinterest!

What is your favorite summer cocktail? I’d love to try out some new ones!

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I wrote this for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #2: Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summertime drink recipe.

Cooking With Wine: Recipes With Wine As An Ingredient

If there’s one thing I love, it’s cooking. Cooking with wine? Even better! And recipes that have wine as an ingredient? My favorite!

You may wonder why cooking with wine is a big deal – lots of recipes say that you can omit the wine and and substitute with chicken broth or water instead. And that’s true.

But wine does something magical to food. Adding wine to dishes you cook (whether on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in the oven) adds flavor and tons of moisture to whatever dish you’re making. It adds richness, acidity, and and another level delicious.

Cooking With Wine: Bloggers Favorite Recipes

I asked some of my favorite bloggers to share some of their favorite cooking with wine recipes. Let me just say I can’t wait to make each and every one of these dishes! Let’s start off with some main dishes that are hearty and filling.

My friend Nicole from The Jet Set Family shared two delicious meals: one with short ribs and one with chicken. I actually have the ingredients for the chicken recipe on hand and plan to make it for dinner this week!

One Pot Wonder: Red-Wine Balsamic Short Ribs

Lemon Chicken with White Wine Sauce and Garlic

This recipe called Changeling Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because you use whatever ingredients you have on-hand, the kids all eat chicken with little complaint, and since you just throw it in the crockpot it couldn’t be easier to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

And this recipe is Jason’s favorite…it’s steak with a bacon bourbon sauce. This is different than most recipes I share because it requires some time and effort to make, much more than most recipes I share. But it is worth every minute and is asked for every year on his birthday!

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Now how about some dessert?

Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery shares a recipe for a Sherry Wine Cake that is super easy to make and absolutely gorgeous, too!

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe

Tips For Cooking With Wine

*Never cook with cheap wine because the wine you use does make a difference. The only time that cheap wine will work in a recipe is if you are making a braise, where the wine will cook for a long time. A good rule of thumb is to use the same wine that you are going to drink with the meal to cook the meal. Unless you’re going to drink a $50 or $100 bottle of wine. Then use something cheaper to cook with because that would just be a waste!

*Sometimes a recipe will call for a rich, full-bodied red wine. What does that even mean?! If you aren’t sure which wine to use, this article about learning about the 9 major wine flavors from Wine Folly will steer you in the right direction.

*Another question you might ask yourself is if it’s okay for the kids to eat something that you made that was cooked with wine in it. It’s a personal choice really, but according to Livestrong, “The wine needs to be cooked for an extended period of time. After adding wine to a sauce or other mixture, simmer or bake it for at least an hour to reduce the alcohol content as much as possible. A wide, uncovered pan is best as it gives the mixture a larger surface area and allows the alcohol to evaporate upward.”

More Recipes With Wine

These Sangria Popsicles from Betsy at betsylife will definitely be made a lot come summertime! I love this recipe because it’s so simple, and this one doesn’t even involve any cooking! NOTE: This one is NOT for kids! Make an extra pitcher leaving the wine out and then they’d be kid friendly. And just as delicious!

Sangria Popsicles

The SITS Girls shared a recipe for wine ice cream which sounds simple to make and a perfect after-the-kids-go-to-bed treat. This one isn’t for the kids, as you don’t cook anything and so there is alcohol in it.

How To Make Wine Ice Cream

And of course you knew I’d share some cocktail recipes! Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery  shares a recipe for a rum & white zin cocktail. She swears it’s delicious, and I can’t wait to find out.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Spiced Rum Cocktails with White Zinfandel

And I have a recipe for a one glass white sangria that is so easy and quick to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

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Do you enjoy cooking with wine and have a recipe with wine as an ingredient to share? Leave a comment with a link to your recipe and you may see it featured in an upcoming post!

Holiday Cocktails Ideas: Champagne Jello Shots

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

The holidays are here, and while it’s still 80 degrees in So Cal, we are all decorated for Christmas and I’m planning my menus for our big holiday dinner and Christmas morning brunch. One of my favorite things to plan are new holiday cocktail recipes, and I’ve got some good ones to share!

Holiday Cocktail Ideas

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

This recipe for Champagne Jello Squares got two thumbs up from everybody who tried them. All it takes is a great bottle of sparkling wine like Gloria Ferrer, some gelatin, and whipped cream vodka. Convivial, social, elegant, fun — the sparkling wines of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards are a perfect match for any holidays and are arguably the most social beverage. Exuberant and fruit-forward, their wines are outstanding with holiday cuisine (and it doesn’t hurt that Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years!)

Gloria Ferrer’s sparkling Blanc de Noirs is great for holiday cocktail recipe because it’s silky with a hint of sweetness. Add some Pop Rocks when you’re ready to serve and they really make the squares pop!

Holiday Cocktails Ideas: Champagne Jello Shots
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, or your favorite sparkling wine
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream flavored vodka
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • Pop Rocks (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the sparkling wine to a small pan and stir in the gelatin. Let sit for 1 minute.
  2. Over medium high heat, bring the wine and gelatin to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring constantly until the gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.
  4. Place in the refrigerator until the gelatin solidifies, about 3 hours.
  5. Cut into squares and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  6. Add the Pop Rocks for a pop of fun!

Notes

Do not add the Pop Rocks until you are ready to eat the squares! The sugar will melt the gelatin and it turns into a big mess.

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What to do with that leftover sparkling wine? Why not make an Amaretto Mimosa or a Cranberry Mimosa!

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

Not into mimosas? This One Glass Sangria is a perfect way to use the sparkling wine!

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

Another holiday cocktail favorite is Sangria. There’s so many holiday variations to try! Since the holidays are all about cinnamon and homey spices, the Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir is the perfect choice. It’s earthy and brambly with hints of black cherry, cedar, and spice and has a smooth mouthfeel and long finish.

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

It also goes great with a holiday meal. And make sure that when you open your wine, you use my favorite wine opener, the Rabbit Wine Opener which makes opening wine bottles a cinch! You can watch how easy it is to use here.

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Check out this recipe for Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sangria that we’ll be having at our family holiday party (she’s got lots of other delicious holiday sangria recipes too!)

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

Wine not your thing? I’ve got more holiday cocktail recipes, too! Here’s a fun one…Candy Cane Vodka. It’s unique and fun and you can add it to warm hot chocolate for a kick. Or add it to my Chocolate Pudding Shots recipe!

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

And what better way to end an evening than with a cuppa? This Adults Only Coffee has Amaretto, Kahula, and is absolutely delicious!

The holidays here, and these holiday cocktail ideas will add some cheer to your next holiday party! Includes champagne jello shots, crockpot sangria & more.

And if you’re enjoying a night around a campfire or firepit, this Apple Pie Moonshine sounds delicious!

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Best Mimosa Recipe: Cranberry Mimosa

Mimosas are always a hit at breakfast and brunch get togethers, and this is one of the best mimosa recipes I’ve tried! This cranberry mimosa is a perfect twist to a regular old mimosa. Make sure to use good champagne – I used Michelle Extra Dry – to really enhance the flavor!

This is the best mimosa recipe we've tried in a long time. A mixture of cranberry juice, orange juice, and Champagne will make your taste buds sing!

It’s really easy to make. Mix up some cranberry juice, orange juice, and champagne and you’ve got a gorgeous looking mimosa. This recipe is perfect if you are mixing a batch up for the masses or if you are making just one or two.

If you are making just one or two, fill 1/3 of a champagne flute (or whatever glass you are using) with cranberry juice, top with another 1/3 or orange juice, and top off the rest of the glass with champagne.

If you are making it for the masses, follow the best mimosa recipe below:

Best Mimosa Recipe: Cranberry Mimosa
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Ingredients

  • 32 ounces Champagne, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice, chilled
  • 8 orange slices or fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the Champagne, orange juice, cranberry juice in a large pitcher. Serve immediately, adding garnish for flair.
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The great thing about mimosas is that they are so versatile. You can add in any juices and still call it a champagne cocktail or mimosa. Mix it up and try a variety of juice combinations and feel free to share your best mimosa recipe.

Looking for another best mimosa recipe? Try my Amaretto Mimosa. For other yummy cocktail ideas, check out my Alcoholic Beverages on Pinterest.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Michelle Sparkling Wines for sending me two samples of sparkling wines to try! This was a great way to drink good bubbly!

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe

I enjoy a refreshing glass of sangria every now and then…notice I said one glass. I don’t like sangria enough to make an entire bottle’s worth for just me, so usually when I make it, I end up making it for parties and get togethers. And then I thought: why couldn’t I make just a glass? I don’t really need to use a whole bottle. That’s how I came up this One-Glass White Sangria Recipe.

Sometimes nothing sounds more refreshing than a glass of sangria. This White Sangria recipe makes just one glass! Also includes recipe for an entire bottle.

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 blackberries
  • 5 raspberries
  • 5 blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Fruity Chardonnay or a dry Sauvignon Blanc
  • Splash of lemon lime soda (like Sprite)

Instructions

  1. Cut up all of the berries and sprinkle the sugar on top of them. Place in the refrigerator and let sit while your wine chills, about 20 minutes.
  2. Put the berries into a wine glass. Pour a splash of Sprite over the berries (I use a little less about 1/4 cup). Fill with wine.

Notes

If you'd like to make this recipe using an entire bottle of Chardonnay, simply multiply all ingredients by four and use a full bottle of wine. If you pour glasses like I do, you'll get about four glasses per bottle. If you aren't as generous, you can get six or so.

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Save time & money! You can buy frozen “berry blend” mixes in the grocery store…that’s what I used in the photo above. Instead of adding a specific amount of each berry, just put a couple of scoops of the mix in a bowl and top with sugar. Not only will you always have berries on hand, but they’ll also act as edible ice cubes.

I have also shared another white sangria recipe before! Check out my Peach and Orange Sangria, Amaretto Mimosa, and my Cranberry Mimosa recipes for more delightful sips. And check out my Beverages for Adults board on Pinterest.