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Outdoor weddings are a popular choice for couples for many reasons. From enjoying the beautiful weather to lovely natural light for wedding photos, there are many perks to having an outdoor wedding. One thing you may have to contend with, though, is heat. You want to ensure your guests are kept cool, especially during the hotter summer months. The perfect way to revive *and* delight your guests is by serving a refreshing signature cocktail. We've teamed up with Martha Stewart Wine Co. to share some tasty and frosty beverages to help keep your guests cool and content in the summer heat, and they all involve some frozen treats!
The selection from Martha Stewart Wine Co was perfect for concocting incredible signature cocktails– especially because they have some amazingly good and budget-savvy wines in their arsenal. Each of the wines featured in the cocktails below is only $15 per bottle or less! Check out our ideas below.
4 Signature Cocktail Ideas with a Frozen Twist – Perfect for Beating the Summer Heat!
Add Frozen Fruit Cubes to Your Cocktail
Sangria with Frozen Orange Juice Ice Cubes
Featuring: Monarch Glen Merlot
US – $15 – 2016
flavor notes: cherry, sweet berries
We chose to create a delicious sangria recipe that played off the berry notes in the Monarch Glen Merlot. We added an assortment of diced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and some diced peaches to make this sangria juicy and delicious. Our favorite part? We used fresh-squeezed orange juice to make ice cubes! This added a burst of citrus flavor to each glass, and ensures that your sangria won't get watered down, instead it will just add more taste! Brilliant!
Add a Scoop of Sorbet to Your Bubbly
Citrus Sorbet Champagne Cocktail
Featuring L’Arche Perlée Crémant de Bordeaux Brut
France – $25
flavor notes: white flowers, citrus, green apple
For this cocktail, we chose to play off the citrus and apple in the L’Arche Perlée Crémant de Bordeaux Brut. We picked up a container of citrus blend sorbet to combine to make an amazingly satisfying and refreshing champagne cocktail. To make cute tiny scoops, we used a melon baller to place the sorbet in the glass before pouring the bubbly on top. As it melts, the sorbet makes the champagne even more delicious. Can you imagine anything more perfect for a hot summer afternoon? We can't!
Freeze Your Wine and Make Frosé
Frosé With Raspberries
Featuring Racine Rosé
France – $15 – 2016
flavor notes: lychee, apricot, peach, mango
What's more refreshing than a frozen slushie on a hot summer day? It's easy to see why the frosé craze has really taken off. We're smitten with the soft pink hue made by freezing this delicious Racine Rosé– and we made it even sweeter by adding some frozen raspberries to the mix! You could also add some fruit juice for an added dose of flavor. Freeze your rosé in an ice cube tray, add fruit, juice, and blend! We garnished the glass with fresh raspberries and lychee for added flair. It's the perfect beverage to keep your guests cool in the summer heat!
Add a Popsicle to Your Wine Glass
Fruit Popsicle and Wine Pairing
Featuring Spencer Family Sauvignon Blanc
US – $15 – 2016
grapefruit, green apple, fig
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat, and a great way to spice up a glass of wine! For this super simple cocktail, we just added a fresh fruit popsicle to a glass of cold Spencer Family Sauvignon Blanc. We also added a splash of seltzer to the glass for a little dose of bubbly to liven it up a bit and make it extra refreshing. Doesn't get much easier than that! We chose fresh mango popsicles to soften the acidity from the grapefruit notes, and the result was delicious and satisfying. There are so many variations you could make of this cocktail by switching out the wine selection or the fruit popsicle. This is great for outdoor weddings, and the popsicle stick makes for a great stirrer to mix the melted fruity deliciousness into your vino.
Our Tips for Crafting Summer Signature Cocktails with Wine:
Take note of the notes! Check out the flavor notes in your selected wines, and choose fruits or garnishes that complement.
Get Creative! Scoop in some sorbet, add a popsicle, or make your own frosé to refresh and delight your guests!
Keep it Cool. When serving drinks outside for an event, keep in mind that ice may melt. Swap in fruit juice for water in your ice molds to add extra flavor so things don't get watered down.
It's All About Presentation. Choose a glass style that highlights the uniqueness of your cocktail.
Make the Most of the Bottle. Mix your wine with seltzer, fruit juice, etc to stretch your spend for greater savings!
Shop Martha Stewart Wine Co for delicious and affordable wines:
Some other great wines to try from Martha Stewart Wine Co:
Scavi & Ray Ice Prestige Sparkling
apple, pear, honeysuckle
Italy – $15
Abbazia Moscato Rosé Dolce Sparkling
Strawberries, peaches, apricots
Italy – $12
Abbazia Cuvee Prestige Sparkling
Golden Apple, Flowers
Italy – $10
Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon
US – $10 – 2016
Cannery Rowe Chardonnay
US – $10 – 2016
apple, nectarine, melon, vanilla, oak