Late Summer Wine Cocktails

By Seattle Mag August 29, 2013


!–paging_filter–pSummertime, I think, is wine cocktail time. Why? Because they tend to be super refreshing, easy-to-make, flavorful, and a little lighter on their feet than some other drinks. As summer is starting to wind down, I figured that having a few good wine cocktails at the ready over these next few weeks would be a good idea—it never hurts to try and draw summer out as long as possible. The following four recipes are all from a href=”…” target=”_blank”emWine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers that Show Off Your Reds, Whites, and Rosés/em/a, and to make things a bit easier, I’ve gone with all a href=”” target=”_blank”Maryhill Winery/a wines today (there’s no need to stress during shopping). Maryhill is in Goldendale, WA, and makes a variety of tasty wines that work wonderfully in cocktails, and that won’t break the bank./p
pstrongPerseverance: /strongAs the sunny days wind down, and the thought of the long winter looms, this drink becomes more important—we must persevere through the gray months! And a few of these certainly help matters./p
pemIce cubesbr /1 ounce vodka (I think a href=”” target=”_blank”Rocket vodka/a is good)br /2 ounces chilled Maryhill Rosé Sangiovesebr /1/2 ounce maraschino liqueurbr /2 dashes Peychaud bitters/embr /1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the vodka, rosé, maraschino, and bitters. Shake /2. Strain the Perseverance equally into two cocktail glasses./p
pstrongQueen Charlotte:/strong Everyone needs to feel like the queen at some point. So, put on your tiara, make one of these bubbly and bouncy drinks, and sit outside in the sun and gaze at your domain. It makes for a pretty dandy /emIce cubesbr /1 ounce vodka (a href=”” target=”_blank”Sound Spirits Ebb+Flow/anbsp;goes well here)br /1/2 ounce grenadinebr /3 ounces Maryhill Columbia Valley Syrahbr /Chilled 7Up or Sprite/embr /1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the vodka, grenadine, and red wine. Shake /2. Fill a diamond-, ruby-, or garnet-encrusted goblet three-quarters full with ice cubes. Strain the red wine mixture equally over the ice in the glasses. Top with 7Up, until just about a half-inch below the rim./p
pstrongMuskrat: /strongThis fruity and minty favorite is delightful when using Maryhill’s Viognier white, which has a lot of fruit flavors itself, including pineapple, citrus, apricot, and pear. Yummy. Oh, when I have this I usually sing the song emMuskrat Love/em by a href=”” target=”_blank”Captain and Tennille/a. You can, too, if you /em1/4 cup fresh mint leavesbr /1 ounce pineapple juicebr /Ice cubesbr /1 ounces apricot liqueur (a href=”” target=”_blank”Rothman and Winter Orchard apricot liqueur/a is great here)br /8 ounces chilled Maryhill Viognier/embr /1. Add the mint leaves and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Using a muddler, muddle the mint and juice /2. Fill the cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the apricot liqueur. Shake /3. Strain the mixture into a white wine glass. Top with 4 ounces chilled Viognier. Stir briefly and serve./p
pstrongKitty Highball:/strong This one’s incredibly easy to make, which means it’s a swell choice after you’ve had a long day inside the office when the sun is shining outside, and you want a refresher double quick. I’ve had it with, interestingly, claret, but Maryhill’s Winemaker’s Red works nicely here. Its berry flavors and pepper and oak accents mingle well with the ginger /Serves 4br /emIce cubesbr /3-1/2 ounces Maryhill Winemaker’s Redbr /Chilled ginger alebr /Lemon twist, for garnish/embr /1. Fill a highball glass three-quarters full with ice cubes. Add 3-1/2 ounces red wine. Top with ginger ale, until almost to the top of the glass. Stir 6 /2. Twist a lemon twist over the glass, and drop it in./p


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