I do love a wine spritzer and cocktails, as you can take a fabulous wine, white or red, add splashes of other liquid(s) for a light and refreshing drink. I also love your questions, and would like to be your neighbor, invited over for drinks (I'll bring the hors d'oeuvres).
So, for your glorious rose-colored beverages, along with rosy images!
Tinto de Verano
1 part red wine
1 part "gaseosa" (carbonated lemon-flavored soda)
Traditional-flavored gaseosa can be replicated by mixing Sprite or 7-Up with carbonated water.
Serve over ice with a slice of lemon.
René Barbier Mediterranean Red Citrus Wine Cooler
3 oz. René Barbier Mediterranean Red
1/4 oz. orange liqueur
Juice of 1/4 lime
4 oz. lemon/lime soda
In a highball glass half-filled with ice, add orange liqueur, lime juice and red wine. Swirl gently to mix and then add soda. Garnish with orange wedge or lime twist. Serves one.
The Rumbling Red Horse
50 ml fresh lemon juice
100 ml Red wine – Tall Horse Merlot or Cabernet
Lemonade (to your liking)
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
Add sugar, lemon juice to you preferred glass and muddle until sugar dissolves. Add ice, wine and the lemonade to fill. Garnish with lemon slice or cherry.
Kir and Kir Royale
1/5 Crème de Cassis to
4/5 chilled dry white wine
(or chilled dry Champagne for Royale)
Add the room-temperature Crème de Cassis to the glass first, followed by the wine (otherwise, they do not mix very well or uniformly).
Pretty in Pink Wine Cocktail
12 oz Gallo Family Pink Moscato
2 oz cherry brandy
¼ cup chopped, pitted cherries
4-6 strawberries, hulled and sliced (plus more for garnish)
2 stems of fresh mint leaves
Add the cherries to the bottom of an 8-oz glass, followed by 1-oz cherry brandy. Divide the moscato into each glass, and drop the sliced strawberries and mint on top. Garnish with a fresh strawberry on the side of the glass and serve chilled. Makes 2 cocktails.
Strawberry Peach Sangria
1 bottle of dry white wine
6 oz. of orange muscat wine
4 oz. of peach schnapps
8 oz. of strawberries cut into slices
3 peaches cut into slices
1 lemon cut into slices
Combine all the ingredients together in one pitcher. Pour over ice.
And, just in case you want a full-on killer cocktail: Maria McClaire
1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. Fonseca Siroco White Port
1/2 oz. Campari
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a thin-cut swatch of orange peel over the top.