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Make red wine your summer drink with these refreshing cocktails

Red wine might be associated with cooler weather, but these red wine cocktails will convince you otherwise. This collection of refreshing recipes uses red wine as the hero, so impress your guests this summer with some unconventional cocktails.

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Summer sangria

Let’s start with the classic red wine cocktail. A Spanish staple, sangria can be found in punch bowls around the country all summer long. The best part is you can add your own flair to the cocktail with signature blends of fruit and soft drink. Here’s our go-to recipe if you want some inspiration. Just remember – the key to a good sangria is a good bottle of red.


4 oranges

2 lemons

1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup St Agnes VS Brandy

750mL bottle of Shingleback D Block Shiraz

1/4 cup caster sugar

750mL bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale)


Cut 1 orange and 1 lemon into small wedges and place in a large bowl. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine and refrigerate overnight.


Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine wine, sugar, soft drink, orange juice and lemon juice in the bowl. Ladle the sangria into glasses filled with ice and serve.

Kalimotxo (AKA Red Wine & Cola)

The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but this red wine cocktail is much better than it sounds and is just as popular as sangria in Spain. Even if your monocle popped out at the thought of mixing red wine and cola, you should give this drink a try. Also, it’s pronounced “cali-mot-cho” if you were wondering!


120mL bottle of Hill Ridge Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

120mL cola

10mL lemon juice

Slice of lemon to garnish


Fill a short glass with ice cubes, add the red wine, cola and lemon juice. Gently stir, garnish with the lemon slice and enjoy!

Red wine fizz

Bringing some spice to your red wine, this cocktail is a refreshing summer drink that adds ginger to the mix and a hint of orange from the Cointreau. If your friends aren’t too sure about this one, tell them to gingerly take a sip.

What is the best rum to go for if I’m starting out?

There are so many exceptional rums on the market right now and Barbados-style rums are generally considered the world’s best. For an accessible entry point to rum, give Mount Gay or Sailor Jerry Caribbean Rum a try.


1 750mL bottle of Theory of Evolution Pinot Noir

1 750mL non-alcoholic ginger beer

60mL Cointreau

1 lime, sliced


Fill a large jug or punch bowl with ice. Add the wine, ginger beer and Cointreau and gently stir. Pour or ladle into glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

Red wine sublime

This cocktail blends a refreshing hit of citrus with fruity red wine to deliver a summer winner. For added fun, try saying the name five times quickly.


30mL Absolut Vodka

30mL Legends of Shiraz McLaren Vale Shiraz

20mL pink grapefruit juice

20mL lemon juice

20mL simple syrup

1 dash bitters

1 slice lemon


Load a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, add all of the liquid ingredients and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled tumbler and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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