Summery Wine Cocktails

Avoid the heavy, boozy feeling with CT Wine cocktails!

Your summer drinks should be light and refreshing – and maybe in a pitcher – so when you accidentally slurp it down, you still feel amazing. We LOVE wine cocktails that are light on sweetness and great on taste! Buy a bottle and try some of our favorites at home:


Spiked Lemonade

Pass on the Vodka. This drink takes a little bit of blending to make perfectly. Take all the ingredients (minus the wine) and blend, then strain into a glass, top with ice and pour over your semi-dry to sweet white wine of choice. Try Gertrude’s Garden White Table Wine from Walker Road Vineyard in Woodbury, or mix it up with a Rhubarb  (Semi-Sweet) Wine from White Silo Winery in East Sherman. It tastes best served with a straw, preferably with your toes free…grass or sand optional.

Summer Spritzer

A lighter alternative to juice and Prosecco-based mimosas, combining sparking water with wine for a similar carbonated effect. The classic summer spritzer is best when made with a 2-1 ratio of wine to sparking water. It’s delicious and profoundly simple to fashion. Add your favorite citrus for garnish and voilà!

Simple Sangria

Never buy pre-made Sangria again! This 4-ingredient recipe is so easy, you’ll be shocked with how awesome it tastes. It’s lighter than other top Sangria recipes because it only uses wine. Moderate how sweet it is yourself by your choice of wine and the sugar you add. Check out some great reds at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen or Priam Vineyards in Colchester.

G.G. Fizz (Ginger & Gewürz)

Ginger-addicts finally have a wine-cocktail that stands up to a Moscow Mule. The fresh ginger gives it a lovely kick and the Gewürztraminer wine adds aromas of perfume and roses… in short, it’s outstanding. Gewurztraminer is a German grape that does quite well in CT. Grab a bottle at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington or at Stonington Vineyards.


Don’t want to make anything at home? Visit Brignole Vineyards in East Granby for their famous seasonal Wine Slushies and summer sangrias. Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen is also offering wine slushies, starting July 1.

There are so many great wine cocktails to be made from the unique vintages and various fruit wines along the Trail. Try something peachy using Bishop’s Orchards Winery’s Honey Peach Melba, or use an apple wine from Holmberg Orchards & Winery in Gales Ferry. Let us know what you try at home, and share your favorite recipes with us!

Recipes adapted from Wine Folly.


Kayla Hedman

A Connecticut-native, Kayla recently moved back to southeastern CT from Burlington, VT. While in VT, she frequented local wineries, where a number of her friends worked as tasting room staff and event coordinators. She hardwired her palette and learned to appreciate wine for the sake of her friends. Unfortunately, after finding out she has an intolerance to gluten, Kayla stepped away from being a part-time representative for a brewery and grew to love wine even more. She works full-time as a brand manager at a marketing agency, and enjoys supporting local small businesses in her spare time.