Fresh Spring Sips

Cocktails_042016_Peach Pinot Grigio Sweet TeaNow that spring is officially here, celebrate the season by mixing up some of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi’s signature wine cocktails. These bright and fruity cocktails may even have you tasting summer as you begin to plan your backyard parties, picnics and barbecues.

Whether you are in the mood for a refreshing glass of Cool Melon Mint, a flavorful blend of fresh honeydew melon and mint, or a Peach Pinot Grigio Sweet Tea, infused with homemade simple syrup, these spring sips are ideal for any outdoor event.

For a twist on the classic mimosa, whip up a large batch of Blood Orange Fizz, an excellent option for sharing with friends and family over brunch.

Whatever beverage you choose, Woodbridge offers a large selection of wine, and their mini, standard and double-bottle size offerings are all available at an affordable price from your local liquor store.

Peach Pinot Grigio Sweet Tea

Yield: 1 cocktail

¾ cup (6 oz) Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 oz extra strong black tea, brought to room temperature
1 oz peach simple syrup
½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Slices of fresh peaches, for garnish

1. Fill a rocks glass with ice, then top with three dashes of Angostura Bitters.

2. Add strongly steeped tea (use two teabags for a cup instead of one when brewing), peach simple syrup, Pinot Grigio and lemon juice.

3. Stir with a cocktail spoon, and add slices of peaches to garnish.

Peach Simple Syrup

2 peaches, sliced
2 cups sugar
1 cup water

1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium/low heat until all sugar is dissolved.

2. Allow mixture to cool, with peaches still inside the pan.

3. Once the syrup has cooled, about 30 minutes, remove the peaches with a slotted spoon.

4. Transfer the syrup to a mason jar or a plastic squeeze bottle. You can use this mixture for naturally flavored sodas or other cocktails

Cocktails_042016_Blood Orange FizzBlood Orange Fizz

Yield: 1 large cocktail

¾ cup (6 oz) Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio
1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 oz Campari
1 oz simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water ratio)
1½ oz soda water
Blood orange wheels, for garnish

1. Fill a large glass or mason jar with ice and add all of the measured ingredients, except for soda water.

2. Stir the ingredients with a bar spoon.

3. Once incorporated, finish with a splash of soda water.

4. Garnish with wheels of freshly sliced blood oranges.

CCocktails_042016_Cool Melon MintCool Melon-Mint

Yield: 1 cocktail

½ honeydew melon, cut into small cubes
¼ cup elderflower cordial
¾ cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato, chilled
1 cup crushed ice
Seltzer water, to finish and to taste
Fresh mint, for garnish

1. In a food processor or blender, combine melon cubes and elderflower cordial.

2. Process or blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add Moscato and ice; process or blend until fully smooth.

3. Finish by adding seltzer water to taste. Garnish with fresh mint or melon wedges. Rim serving glass with ginger sugar if desired.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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