Summer Refreshers

Add some refreshment to the hot summer days with Wine Spritzers. For the most common spritzers use 3 oz of any wine you enjoy, over 4 oz of ice, then add 3 oz of a soda (citrus flavors work well) and garnish or add your favorite fruits (cherries, pineapples, lemons, limes).

Sangrias are another favorite for the season. Strawberry-lime sangria is a blend of rosé, lemon-lime soda, fresh strawberries and mint, while citrus sangria is a great combination of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime.

If you are feeling fancy you can mix up a bishop cocktail, made with red wine, rum, simple syrup, and lime juice, or a glamour girl martini, which combines rosé, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.

Recipe for Simple Syrup:

Simple Syrups can include all sorts of flavors from lavender wildflowers from a spring yard to rhubarb to cranberries. But the base of any simple syrup starts with two ingredients – water and sugar.

A base recipe will keep in the refrigerator for a month in a tightly sealed glass jar.

Boil ½ cup water

Slowly add ½ cup granulated sugar

Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool. Store in glass tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.