These are the 5 cocktail recipes you need for this summer

The 5 Cocktail Recipes You Need This Summer

Summertime is Cocktail Season!

Nothing makes the warm weather of Summer more enjoyable than a crisp fresh cocktail! These 5 cocktails are our top picks for summertime cocktail recipes.

The 5 Cocktail Recipes You Need This Summer

Summer is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy a light and refereshing cocktail poolside or while chilling on the beach. But not all summer cocktail recipes are created equal.

We’ve collected a number of summer cocktail recipes here for the Brio Smart Life Blog, and these are our top selections for best cocktail recipes you need to know this summer!

 

BLACKBERRY JULEP

Image / Recipe from // Brio Smart Life

The Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of springtime’s favorite berries to that classic Mint Julep recipe.

 

Watermelon Moscato Sangria

Summer Watermelon Moscato Sangira

Image / Recipe from // Brio Smart Life

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the summer heat.

 

Blood Orange Margarita

Image / Recipe from // Brio Smart Life

This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money.

 

Pear Saké Sangria

Pear Sake Sangria

Image / Recipe from // Brio Smart Life

This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Image / Recipe from // Brio Smart Life

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet in the summertime? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco.

 

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This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Epic Saké Sangria for Summer

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

Sangria isn’t just for wine lovers anymore! This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

The concept of sangria has always been just outside of my reach, as I just so happen to be allergic to wine. I know that must sound tragic to some of you, but I have a delicious alternative to wine without the extreme headache: Saké.

If you’ve never tried Saké before here’s a quick crash course in the different types of saké.

Saké, contrary to popular belief, is not rice wine. It’s actually brewed like beer, and even has a higher alcohol content than both beer and wine! But much like wine, saké makes for a great base for sangria.

Nigori saké, unfiltered saké that is “cloudy” or “milky” in appearance, is a popular choice for saké based cocktails and sangrias. Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké is one of my favorites for its creamy sweetness and mild floral notes.

The combination of this mildly sweet saké and pear juice is delicate and delicious, and may not require much extra sweetener, which is why this recipe gives you the option to add simple syrup or not.

This is how you make our Summer Saké Sangria!

 

Saké Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké
  • 4 Ounces Sparkling Water
  • 2 Ounces Pear Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Grapefruit [Sliced]
  • 5 Sprigs Rosemary
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Saké Sangria: Add saké and pear juice to a pitcher with ice. Drop in the mixture of rosemary, sliced pear and grapefruit, and stir together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and let stand. Pour into a stemless wine glass over a couple of ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit section and sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refereshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

 
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Perfect and simple mulled wine recipe to brighten your holidays

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Mulled wine and the Holidays were made for each other

This mulled wine recipe is packed with traditional Christmas spices that will make any Grinch or Scrooge say, “More, please!”

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, and orange. Can it get any more Christmas than that? These spices fill the winter holiday season with delight and warmth, and this ultimate mulled wine recipe embodies the very flavors of the holidays.

Glühwein, or mulled wine, is a holiday tradition around the world. It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without it! There are dozens of variation of mulled wine. You can find it made with brandy, ciders, and rum. You can even find it made with red or white wine. For this recipe, we decided to try out the traditional red wine recipe.

It’s really important to remember to wait until the end to add the wine. If you add it too early the alcohol will burn off and lose its punch. You don’t want that. You’ll also want to use a dry red wine for this recipe like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or even a Zinfandel. We used Cabernet Sauvignon, and like I said with our Autumn Sangria recipe, wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money.

This is how you make this simple Mulled Wine!

 

Mulled Wine

Yields: 4-5 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
  • 8 Ounces Unsweetened Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Honey
  • 1 Apple [Sliced]
  • 2 Oranges [Sliced]
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Star Anise
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice Berries
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Vanilla Bean [Cut Lengthwise]
  • 6 Cloves
  • 4 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
  • Orange slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Ultimate Mulled Wine: Press into your cardamom pods with the back of a knife, this helps to release their flavor. Next, cut up the apple and oranges into thin slices. Add the fruit, spices, and cider to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Be sure to squeeze some of the oranges to release their juices. Stir occasionally. Just before the mixture begins to boil, add in the honey and remove pan from the heat.

Lower the temperature down to a low heat, and place the pan back on the heat. Pour in the wine and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Strain, and serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 292 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 30 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 23.6 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

Perfect and simple mulled wine recipe to brighten your holidays

 

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Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Best Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Nothing beats a little Sangria for the Holidays!

The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Sangria just in time for the Holidays.

Best Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

The flavors of Fall make some of the best cocktails, but they make a magical combination in this Autumn sangria. It’s great to serve up at the holidays, or for a quiet dinner with the family or some friends.

There are different ways you can make Sangria. You can do it with either Red or White wine. You can make it fruity or a bit spicy like a Mulled Wine. In this Autumn sangria, the mixture of pear, apple, orange, and pomegranate flavors offer a fragrant bouquet and delicious taste. We also added a bit of cinnamon to give it a little extra something.

As for the wine, I suggest using a Cabernet Sauvignon if you want a dry, milder wine or a Merlot for a nice bite and bolder tasting sangria. Also, don’t break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine for sangria. The wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money. Sangria can make simple table wine go a long way.

This is how you make our Autumn Sangria!

 

Autumn Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Simple Syrup
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Apple[Sliced]
  • 1 Orange [Sliced]
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:

  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix together ½ cup water with sugar and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Strain into a container and discard the pomegranate seeds in the bin. Set aside for sangria recipe.

Autumn Sangria: Cut up the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Add the fruit slices, remaining pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, Grand Marnier, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with 1 bottle of red wine. Stir together again, and refrigerate overnight. Serve in a stemless wine glass and garnish with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 16 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

Try this Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

 

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Try this delicious Watermelon Sangria made with Moscato!

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the summer heat.

Drink of the week: Watermelon Moscato Sangria

This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90-degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.

We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?

White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.

via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines

Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.

Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.

For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.

Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.

 

Watermelon Sangria

Yields: Multiple Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Cups Cubed Watermelon
  • 2 Bottles Moscato [or other white wine]
  • 16 Ounces Watermelon Vodka
  • 24 Ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup or Raw Honey [Optional]
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Fluted Glass
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76

Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

 
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Delicious Things You Can Make with Wine for Wine Day!

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

You can make so many delicious things with wine

You can enjoy wine in so many more ways than in just a glass. Try one of these recipes that uses wine as its main component.

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

 

Vino lovers of the world rejoyce, it’s National Wine Day! The day dedicated to one of the world’s most consumed beverages. We have been drinking this elixir of the gods for millennia, and its consumption is very much engrained in cultures around the globe.

No wonder there are so many delicious things you can do with wine! Here are just some of our top favorite things you make using wine.

 

You can….

 

Pair it with cheese

Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese
Image and Pairings from // Brio Smart Life

 

Make it into Ice Cream

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Janica

 

Make White Wine pasta sauce out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Julie Blanner

 

Or better yet, use it to make Red Wine Pasta

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // eatwell 101

 

Make Smoothies out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Curls

 

Infuse it into Salt

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Well Preserved

 

Use it in Fondue

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Flavorite

 

Top Cheesecakes with it (Wine Gelées)

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Food and Wine

 

Make homemade Red Wine Vinegar

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // Hirsheimer Hamilton // Recipe from // Phickle

 

Make Wine Cocktails

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipes from // Canada Night Life

 

Or one our delicious sangria recipes

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine
Image and Recipes from // Brio Smart Life

 

Or in the end we can just drink it straight

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // giphy

Happy National Wine Day, everyone!

 

Bill, wine blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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