Wine cocktails are as diverse as the wine itself. Whether you like yours bubbly or sweet, fruity or tart, there is a varietal waiting to mix in something delicious.
Can wine be used for cocktails? Wine can be used for cocktails! Wines are unique from bottle to bottle, and the list of possible combinations in wine cocktails is long.
If you’ve ever been to brunch, you’ve probably enjoyed a wine cocktail already.
What are some easy wine cocktails? Mimosas, bellinis, wine spritzers, and kir are some examples of wine cocktails you can make with wine and a few simple ingredients.
You can’t escape summer in Italy without this bright orange sipper. The base of the Aperol spritz is Aperol, an Italian pre-dinner bitter. The same company producing Campari, the bright red liqueur used with vermouth in Negroni cocktails, also makes the orange liqueur used in this cocktail.
What mixes well with wine? Soda water and sparkling sodas mix well with wine.
In this classic, the bubbles come from club soda and prosecco. This recipe from Cookie and Kate suggests playing around with the ratios to find the flavor (and alcohol content) that suits you. Make it non-alcoholic with Lyre’s Italian Spritz and a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
We had to include the classic champagne cocktail on our list, if only because we keep it classy. Traditional preps like the one from Epicurious are simple: chilled champagne, Angostura bitters, and a single sugar cube. Add a citrus twist for garnish and to pretty things up.
That short ingredient list makes it easy to make this one virgin. Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White is a versatile, bubbly alternative for any cocktail that calls for some fizz.
Upgrade your baby shower mocktails and brunch with a delicious peach Bellini. The traditional Italian recipe calls for prosecco mixed with a peach purée and fresh peaches. Go for the classic or sample our twist with frozen raspberries and Surely Sparkling Rosé.
This one is straightforward to modify based on your tastes. If you don’t have access to raspberries, stick with peach or any berries in season.
This French cocktail and apéritif is big on flavor despite the abbreviated name. The traditional Kir is a simple mix of crème de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, and a dry white wine. This recipe from Spruce Eats keeps things breezy with just 2 ingredients.
Sub in a bottle of non-alcoholic white wine like Surely sauvignon blanc with a raspberry syrup as your alcohol substitute to make it non-alcoholic. Find a bottle of Ribena, a UK-based blackcurrant drink, for more authenticity. It comes carbonated as a soda or uncarbonated as a concentrate.
Mulled wine, also known as glühwein in Germany, is a popular winter warmup and holiday drink. This traditional recipe from Gimme Some Oven recommends a full-bodied wine as the best wine for warming. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and zinfandel all work well to heat you up.
Brandy, mulling spices, and a sweetener of your choice round out the winter flavors. Make it virgin by warming up a non-alcoholic red wine, or sub in grape juice for something a little sweeter and family-friendly.
What are some of the drinks you can make with wine? Sangria, mulled wine, and mimosas are just some drink examples you can make with wine.
It doesn't get much easier than a white wine spritzer, though. We love this fizzy summer drink enough that we created a recipe using Surely non-alcoholic sauvignon blanc. Lemon juice and lemon-lime soda water (we like Zevia) add a little acid to your fizz.
Something wicked and delicious this way comes with a Devil’s Margarita, a wine cocktail that elevates everything you love about the classic cocktail. Liquor.com mixes tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker before floating a dash of red wine on top for that vivid color.
This cocktail looks all kinds of fancy, but it only takes a few minutes to make. Mix St-Germain, a French elderflower liqueur, with sparkling wine and soda water. That’s it. This recipe from A Couple Cooks suggests presenting the final product in a French accent, which we endorse.
Berry Wine Slushies
Pink frosé made with frozen rosé wine is as delicious as it is beautiful. Any wine varietal can be substituted here, just freeze and make it a slushie. Monique from Divas Can Cook likes her slushies berry-forward and sweet.
She uses a sweet wine like Muscadine for her summertime sipping, but you can adjust the varietal based on your tastes. Important to remember — the higher the alcohol content, the lower the freezing point. Make it virgin with a non-alcoholic red, instead.
The French 75 is a more potent version of the classic champagne cocktail, thanks to the added gin. Lemon juice and simple syrup will balance the botanical notes from the spirit.
Fun fact: If you add vodka, it’s now called a French 76!
At Surely, we skip the liquor altogether in favor of pear juice. You’ll end up with a similar flavor profile and a touch of sweetness in our French 75 mocktail. If you miss the gin, try Monday Zero Alcohol Gin. It’s juniper-forward and just as dry as the alcoholic version.
Coke and red wine may not sound like a natural pairing, but if you’re in the Basque region of Spain, you won’t be able to escape it. We’re not saying you should, either. There’s something about the combination of sweet and bitter that just works.
Try this classic recipe from Delish, or make it virgin with non-alcoholic red wine. Bonus points if you can find a Mexican coke instead of what you typically find in American stores. Mexican cokes contain a sweeter cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
Lemonade is a summertime mainstay all on its own, but it’s also delicious when mixed with white wine and the sparkling soda of your choice. A Couple of Sips suggest club soda and fresh lemon to bump up the citrus.
Make it a mocktail with non-alcoholic white wine instead. Flavored sparkling sodas allow you to play with flavors. Berry lemonade mocktail, anyone?
Strawberry Lemon Smash
You’ll need to work harder for this one, but it’s smooth sailing after you muddle the strawberries and make your lemon simple syrup. This Mess Is Ours calls for a California sparkling wine, and we love that for you. Our non-alcoholic sparkling brut starts with the best California white wine.
Make it photo-ready with fresh strawberry slices, sliced lemon, and fresh flowers as your garnish. The photo here uses jasmine blossoms; we bet the scent is unreal.
In Spain and Portugal, sangria is synonymous with red wine cocktails. Traditional red Spanish sangria is a mixed drink with dry red wine, orange juice, brandy, sugar, and fresh fruit. This recipe is easy to tweak based on your personal preferences.
We like our non-alcoholic sangria a little bubbly with grapefruit Topo Chico or the sparkling soda of your choice. Garnish with the fruit you like or already have at home.
We love this one for parties. A benefit of wine cocktails and mocktails is making those bottles go a little further than they would if you just served wine straight up in a glass.
Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail
Elevate your classic champagne cocktail with hibiscus syrup and a fresh hibiscus flower for garnish. Olivia from Olivia’s Cuisine recommends this one as the perfect toasting cocktail. Sub in a non-alcoholic sparkling wine, and the experience is just as celebratory.
Hibiscus flowers are edible, by the way. If you’re on the fence about trying one, know you’d be missing out on antioxidants.
New York Sour
A New York Sour is the same as a whisky sour with a splash of red wine at the end for color. Make it booze-free with a non-alcoholic spirit plus Surely’s dealcoholized pinot noir, or go for tart pomegranate juice instead of wine.
What can I mix with wine to make it sweeter? You can mix simple syrup, Stevia, orange juice, or generous fresh fruit with wine to make it sweeter.
The sweetness in this recipe from Zestful Kitchen comes from simple syrup or a squirt of maple syrup. No matter what you sub in for the alcohol in this classic cocktail, vegans should know this one includes egg white.
Pour dry white wine over Campari, and you’ve made The Bicyclette, a classic Italian cocktail. Kitchen Riffs suggests keeping it traditional with a dry Italian varietal, like pinot grigio. Garnish with an orange or lemon peel for a little more color.
To make it virgin, use non-alcoholic white wine and a Campari alternative. Giffard Aperitif Syrup gets about as close as you’ll get to Campari with its blend of herbal flavors.
Watermelon Wine Cooler
We know we made an easy dig against wine coolers early on. This watermelon wine cooler from The Wimpy Vegetarian isn’t what you’d expect. Club soda and mint syrup keep it from getting too sickly sweet. Don’t skip the pinch of salt, either. It’s a natural fruit enhancer.
This recipe calls for riesling as the best white wine to pair with juicy fruit. Any bottle of white will do, especially a non-alcoholic white with some acidity.
This brunch classic is one of the easiest wine cocktails to pull off. Add sparkling wine or champagne to orange juice, and you’re all set.
If you want to go beyond basics, sub other fruit juices you prefer over orange juice. Drop in a cranberry and call it Christmas. Add your favorite floral syrups and call it your secret mimosa recipe. We love our virgin mimosa for its versatility. Planning for your next brunch or ladies’ night in? Ditch the inevitable wine headache by switching to Surely wine in your wine cocktails.