Canada is turning 150 tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate with friends, family, and fireworks, than with a few cocktails made with Canadian wine. Wine cocktails are fun to drink and refreshing when relaxing on the patio or at a BBQ. So here are my 5 favourite wine cocktails:
Cherry Rosé Fizz
1 ounce of Dillon’s Cherry Gin
½ ounce of lemon juice
2 ounces of simple syrup
2 ounces of Kew Vineyards Sparkling Rosalie
Top with sparkling water
Garnish with a few Ontario cherries.
Combine ingredients in a highball glass with lots of ice. Stir and Enjoy. This is a refreshing cocktail that celebrates all things Canadian- home-grown cherries, Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery and Kew Vineyards, all Canadian made.
4 ounces of Pelee Island Secco Sparkling
2 ounces of Aperol
Combine Pelee Island Secco sparkling wine and Aperol in a high glass with ice, top up with sparkling water and add an orange slice. This is a classic aperitif; the sparking wine is refreshing and bright, while the Aperol adds a pleasant bitter quality that gets your taste buds ready for the meal to come.
3 ounces of Trius Sauvignon Blanc
½ ounce of lime juice
2-3 sprigs of mint
Top up with Lime Sparkling Water
Add mint and lime juice to the bottom of the glass and muddle. Add ice, Trius Sauvignon Blanc and stir. Top up your glass with lime sparkling water. A twist on a white wine spritzer and is oh so refreshing on a hot summer day!
Red Wine and Bourbon Sangria
1 cup of the Bourbon
¼ cup of orange liqueur
1 bag of frozen berries
In a large pitcher, combine the bag of frozen mixed berries, “Goodnight” Cab Sauvignon/Merlot, bourbon and orange liqueur and stir. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours before serving, add ice to a glass and enjoy! If you are like me and prefer your red sangria to pack a punch and leave the sugar behind, this sangria is for you.
Vidal Ice Wine Martini
2 ounces of Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine
1 ounce of your favourite Vodka
Garnish with a Lemon Zest
In a martini shaker with lots of ice, combine 2 parts Vidal Late Harvest and 1 part vodka, and shake vigoursly. Strain and pour into a martini glass and add your lemon zest. This is a great after dinner drink.
Wishing everyone a Happy Canada Day long weekend! Hope these cocktails make it onto your summer roster.
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