4 Liqueurs to Spike Summer Wine

By NY Barfly
Created March 2, 2017
Add a dash of liqueur to make your summer wine into a summer cocktail. MORE+ LESS-

If you’re bored with that same old summer wine, stop whining!

All you have to do is reach for a bottle of liqueur to spice up that vino. Wine cocktails are tasty, but they’re also some of the easiest to make drinks. All you have to do is add a shot of your liquor of choice to a glass of your favorite wine and you’re good to go.

Here are four liqueur suggestions that are ideal for summer imbibing.

1. St. Germain

St. Germaine is a French herbal liqueur that is made with elderflower, and it is full of rich floral notes that sit well with a champagne or a light white, like Pinot Grigio. For a simple summer cocktail, mix up a Champagne and St. Germain cocktail, add three ounces Champagne to a half an ounce of St. Germain and you’re golden. If you want to add some sweet notes, throw in some of your favorite berries, or better yet muddle them into the glass before you pour.

You can also make add the liqueur into a more complicated drink like this Grey Goose Pomegranate Sparkler, which is also spiked with pomegranate and blood orange juice.


2. Crème Yvette

You can use this old-school French label or just hit your liquor store for a bottle of crème de violette to mix a different kind of floral drink. One that will also contain notes of berries, vanilla and sweet honey. A few drops is all you need to add a purple hue to that glass of wine. Again Champagne is the ideal mixer, but any easy-to-drink white will do. This beverage is called The Stratosphere, and was first featured in a bar manual from the 1940s. Always a good idea to use the classics when you’re trying to keep things classy.


3. Aperol

There are a few ways to make a classic spritz cocktail – you can top off a glass of champagne with an herbal aperitif liquor of choice. The drink is less floral than some of the other options on this list, you can skew bitter by adding a shot of an option like Campari or Cynar, but the best bet for drinkers who want to stay a little sweet is Aperol. This light, orange liqueur is just as alcoholic as the wine in your glass, so you’re not topping off your drink with booze. Add one part Aperol to three ounces champagne and then throw an orange wedge in for flavor.


4. Chambord

If you’re looking for a dessert wine cocktail, look no further than the classic Kir Royale, which makes use of raspberry liquor. The purple sauce is based on a recipe that dates back to the 1700s, so you’re getting a taste of history in that summer cocktail. You can pour a shot into a glass of champagne, or if you aren’t feeling bubbles just add it to your favorite white wine with a few raspberries.


Experiment and create your own wine cocktails. Let us know which ones you like!


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