Check out our summer wine cocktails – Refreshing, delicious and oh so easy
We generally drink our wine straight up from a wine glass don’t we? In the winter we mull a bit of red and on a hot day we might add a couple of cubes of ice and some soda to a glass of white.
Sangria would probably be the first word that springs to mind for most people when you talk about wine and cocktails. What better way to share and enjoy your wine in the sun than in a big pitcher full of lots of delicious fresh fruit?
Last weeks heat wave inspired us to explore the diverse range of flavours and aromas in the Makulu range and create some cocktails that would be perfect for summer fun and entertaining.
We decided our award winning Chenin Blanc with its zesty, crisp and intense flavours of melon, pear and peach would be a great place to start.
White SAS (South African Sangria)
First up we kept things really simple and it’s worth noting that you can use nearly any fruit to garnish a white sangria – we went the citrus route here.
In terms of sugar – this should be done to taste depending on if you favour sweet or more zesty-tasting drinks.
- 1 bottle (750ml) Makulu Chenin Blanc (you can also try Makulu Chardonnay or a sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava)
- 50-100g Sugar
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Fruit Garish (lemons, oranges, peaches, apples or berries)
- Mint or Basil (if available)
Mix all ingredients in an iced pitcher.
Total alcohol units 13.8.
This recipe is really simple and delicious. Add brandy and lemon juice to the bottom of your pitcher. Cut the peaches into small cubes and add with ice. Top with Makulu Chenin Blanc and Pinotage and serve immediately. As you enjoy the peaches macerate in your drink!
- 1 bottle (750ml) Makulu Chenin Blanc
- 175ml Makulu Pinotage
- 50ml Brandy
- 2-3 table spoons of sugar
- 3-4 White peaches
- Juice fro 1 lemon
Total alcohol units: 16.8
A very quaffable and refreshing way to enjoy our medium bodied red wines. The grapefruit juice adds another dimesion wit its slightly bitter not that works really well with the reds. We think less is more with the sugar. We didn’t use any spirits here but you could easily pep the recipe up with a shot of brandy of vodka. Mix in a pitcher and serve over ice.
- 750ml Makulu Shiraz or Pinotage
- 250ml ruby red grapefruit juice
- Juice of two limes
- 50-100g sugar ( we used 50g)
Total alcohol units: 13.8
Finally, we cant really talk about wine cocktails without mentioning – arguably – the second most famous wine cocktail – the Bellini. We added fresh orange juice to a bottle of Makulu Pomula – our new rosé spritzer with pomegranate and marula flavours and served this over ice in a pitcher too – relatively low alcohol so great for lazy afternoon BBQs and relaxing with friends.
- 750ml bottle Makulu Pomula
- 250ml Fresh Orange Juice
- Garnish with sliced fruit (we used oranges and pomegranate seeds)
Total alcohol units: 4.1
Hope you make time for some ‘mixed up’ Makulu Moments and try our cocktails!