Here are all the best wine cocktails to try! Wine is perfect for delicious mixed drinks like sangria, spritzers, froséand more!
Turns out you don’t need hard alcohol to make delicious cocktails. Grab a bottle of wine for some of the best mixed drinks out there. It doesn’t matter if it’s red, white or rosé: or even champagne! There are tasty ways to mix up each varietal into a flavorful, refreshing drink.
Here are all the best wine cocktail recipes to try! There’s the New York Sour, one of the best classic mixed drinks there is. There’s fruity sangria, full of bold flavor, or bubbly wine spritzers that are ideal for summer sipping! There are rosé drinks and champagne cocktails. Really, there’s a wine drink for everyone.
Here's one of the tastiest wine cocktails there is: the New York Sour! First you have the whiskey sour layer: sweet tart and perfectly balanced, sweetened with maple for some nuance. Then float a layer of red wine over the top and it adds intrigue, complexity and a fruity acidity. Not to mention it looks simply stunning with the bright two-toned layer!
Another popular wine cocktail: sangria! Essentially a wine punch, it's the perfect refreshing mixed drink. Here’s how to make red wine sangria like it’s made in Spain, featuring wine-soaked fruit, brandy, and a hint of orange liqueur. It’s a symphony of flavor…and pretty hands-off to make, too! Also try: Fall Sangria
Don’t have time to make sangria? Here’s a solution: a red wine spritzer! This wine cocktail takes 1 minute to make, and it has the vibe of sangria without the prep time. This spritzer is bold and full bodied, yet at the same time refreshing and bubbly. Add a sliced orange as a garnish, and you have the fruitiness of sangria in no time.
Frozen sangria is a wine cocktail that’s frozen, like a slushie. This frozen alcoholic drink is sure to be a favorite: it’s wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus. While the method for making it is not traditional Spanish at all, it ends up tasting like sangria and is incredibly festive, perfect for entertaining!
Let's move to rosé wine, shall we? This sangria made with rosé wine is so light and refreshing, so filled with fruity, delicate flavor, that it’s jumped to the top of our favorite wine cocktails. It’s perfect for summer entertaining, be it a lazy afternoon, pool party, or dinner party drink.
Here’s a wine cocktail that you 100% must try ASAP. A rose spritzer!This is the perfect way to make a no-fuss wine drink that’s full of bubbles. Originating from Austria, it is legit one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet.
Here's another frozen wine cocktail: frozen rose! Otherwise known as frosé, it's a mashup between a frozen cocktail and that quintessential summer wine. Now, most froze recipes are sickly sweet. But here's our time-tested frose recipe that's the perfect level of sweeteness to accentuate the character of this delicate wine varietal.
There’s something even more refreshing than the classic red wine cocktail: white sangria! White sangria is made with white wine instead of red wine. It makes for a flavor that’s crisp, sweet tart, and herbaceous. Some sangria recipes load it with sugar or ginger ale, here's how to make it the traditional Spanish way.
Yes, there’s nothing easier or more delightful than this wine cocktail: the white wine spritzer! Make a bubbly version of your favorite crisp white wine with this Austrian trick. Spritzer are truly one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet. Because they’re so easy, you don’t need to plan or prep anything. Grab your favorite bottle of wine and soda water.
Let's move into sparkling wine cocktails, shall we? "The" Champagne Cocktail is a classic cocktail that was invented in the 1860's. It's tangy and refreshing, perfect for sipping with a little nuance from the angostura bitters and lemon. The best part: Adding a sugar cube to champagne makes a fountain of bubbles that positively sparkles!
Here's another classic wine cocktail: the French 75! A drink born in the 1920's, it's got a mysterious name and is tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical. Simply made of lemon, simple syrup and champagne, it's almost like a Tom Collins that replaces the soda water with sparkling wine.
Bubbly, citrusy, herbal, subtly bitter and lightly sweet…this wine cocktail has it all. Meet the Aperol spritz! This drink is renowned the world over, reaching max popularity in the 2000’s. But did you know it’s actually a classic cocktail from the 1950’s? This Italian cocktail has been capturing hearts and minds for years. Taste one made the right way: it’s absolutely worth the hype.
Here’s a light and refreshing cocktail that’s vying for summer’s best wine cocktail: the St Germain Spritz! It’s floral and bubbly, full of lightly sweet flavor and effervescence. There are lots of classic spritz cocktails, from the renowned Aperol Spritz to the bitter Campari Spritz. This one is a fun spin on the classic, ideal if you have a soft spot for this elderflower liqueur!
Here's another classic sparkling wine cocktail: the mimosa! This one uses Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor. Use it with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out.
Last in our list of wine cocktails: the Negroni sbagliato! This one is a “mixed up” version of the classic Negroni cocktail using sparkling wine instead of gin! The lightly sweet champagne against the bitter Campari and sweet vermouth makes for a better balanced flavor than with gin. Who can’t resist a little bubbly?
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.