Nothing makes a celebratory dinner feel more classy than a perfectly mixed white wine cocktail. Serve one of these cocktails before or even during dinner, and your guests' taste buds are sure to be delighted.
Apple Mint Julep
Perfect for the fall months, this refreshing cocktail is best made with a dryer white wine, such as Chardonnay. The recipe makes a whole pitcher (enough for 6 - 8 people), so you don't have to worry about mixing individual drinks.
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 6 ounces apple cider
- 1 bottle Chardonnay or another dryer white wine
- plenty of crushed ice
- apple slices as garnish
Place the mint leaves and a handful of crushed ice in the bottom of a pitcher, and use a spoon to crush the ice with the mint leaves. Then, pour in the apple cider and wine, and mix well. Top the pitcher up with crushed ice, and serve in Collins glasses garnished with apple slices.
This is a very light and refreshing cocktail that's perfect for a summer barbecue. You could even alongside a piece of rich chocolate cake for dessert. The recipe is for an individual drink.
- 1 ounce cherry vodka, chilled
- 2 ounces lemon-lime soda, chilled
- 2 ounces sweet white wine, such as Reisling, chilled
- 1 teaspoon Grenadine syrup
- 1 maraschino cherry
Combine the cherry vodka, lemon-lime soda and white wine in a champagne flute. Stir gently. Pour the Grenadine down the side of the glass so that it settles at the bottom. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.
This fruity, yet surprisingly strong cocktail is a play on the classic Bellini, a peach-flavored champagne drink. Its flavor is delicate enough to pair with chicken or seafood, or you can use it to tone down a heavier main dish like steak or pot roast. Each recipe makes one cocktail.
- 1 ounce citrus vodka
- 1 ounce peach vodka
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 2 ounces medium-boded white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
- Coarse sugar (for rimming the glass)
Prepare a martini glass by dipping the rim in a little vodka and then in the coarse sugar. Combine the vodkas and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Then, strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass. Add the wine, and stir gently before garnishing with a lemon or peach slice.
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