Classic Wine Cocktails To Refresh Your Summer


When the sun shines a little brighter and the days become a little longer, there’s nothing more refreshing than sipping on a chilled, invigorating wine cocktail. Wine, in all its diverse glory, makes a fabulous base for cocktails that are light, flavorful, and perfectly suited for summer. Here are a few classic wine cocktails that you can prepare at home to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

1. Sangria

Originating in Spain, Sangria is probably the most renowned wine cocktail, perfect for a sunny afternoon. It is typically a mix of red wine, chopped fruit, and some sweetener.


  • 1 bottle James Charles 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 cups mixed chopped fruits (like oranges, lemons, apples, and peaches)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup brandy

Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher, stir well, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving over ice.

2. Wine Spritzer

A wine spritzer is a refreshing, low-alcohol cocktail perfect for a mid-day summer party. It’s as easy as it gets, with just two main ingredients.


  • 1 glass James Charles 2021 Stainless Steel Chardonnay
  • Club soda

Fill a glass halfway with the chilled wine, then top it up with club soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime slice for an extra zing.

3. Kir Royale

This classic French cocktail is simple yet elegant, perfect for a summer evening soiree.


  • 1 teaspoon crème de cassis
  • James Charles NV Cuvée de la Reine

Pour the crème de cassis into a champagne flute, then top up the glass with the Cuvée de la Reine. Serve chilled.

4. Mimosa

Perfect for a summer brunch, the Mimosa is a classic cocktail made with equal parts sparkling wine and citrus juice.


  • 1 part James Charles NV Cuvée de la Reine
  • 1 part fresh orange juice

Pour the orange juice into a champagne flute, then top up with the Cuvée de la Reine.

Remember, the best cocktails are made with quality wines, so choose a wine you’d enjoy drinking on its own. With these recipes at your disposal, you’re ready to beat the heat with style! Enjoy responsibly, and here’s to a refreshing, wine-filled summer!


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