Wine and liquor pair to make delicious summer drinks

A red sangria with a merlot as a base and apple garnishes. Photograph from

Surprisingly, there are many different ways you can make summer cocktails with wines of all types — it doesn’t just have to be white wine.

Jessica Strelitz, wine writer extraordinaire, says to use fizz to your advantage. Prosecco can give a cocktail something extra automatically, while club soda adds zing to cocktails made from other wines.

While sangria may seem overdone, the key to making this classic summer drink fresh again is by changing up the fruit and wine mixture. You can even add a little spice to it. Cinnamon and apples pair nicely with reds. Berries settle into a blush wine with ease. And the festive-looking cocktail can easily be made in large quantities, making it the perfect drink for that little outdoor soiree you were thinking of having.

To get inspired by wine-based cocktails in the D.C. area, check out Strelitz’s piece in What’s On Tap.