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Easy Wine Cocktail Recipes for an Outdoor Party

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

These wine cocktail recipes using CK Mondavi and Family wines, and are not Sangria, which is what most people turn to. They are the best wine cocktails that you should be making at home. So easy for summer and for summer entertaining!


So, this summer is weird. We aren’t traveling, and only seeing people very rarely, and from a bit of a distance, considering what is going on in the world right now. But, at the end of the day, we are so grateful to see each other that staying safe, and being together is what counts.

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I feel like summer is sneaking away, though. I want more outdoor time with friends. More summer cocktails. We are determined to make the most out of the month of summertime that we have left before the kids go back to school? Maybe?

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We teamed up with CK Mondavi and Family for these wine cocktails, as well as the theme for this social distancing party! We played Bocce, ate some tasty finger foods, and enjoyed some fabulous summer wine cocktail recipes! Make sure to check out our first cocktail with CK Mondavi and Family and all about their family wine business!

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These Wine Cocktail Recipes are like summer in a glass, fresh fruit, a squeeze of citrus, a little extra add of booze for fun! These flavors are all combined with either a citrusy, herbal Pinot Grigio, or a Merlot. Yes, I said Merlot in summer. And trust us, it’s pretty easy to get a little carried away with these and just sip away on them all afternoon and evening. 

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Wine cocktails can be a welcome adults only addition to any get together. It’s always a great conversation piece, the right wine can completely transform food, and it’s the perfect drink to sip while socializing with friends.

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Also, wine cocktails can be ultra refreshing to help keep you cool in the hot days of summer!

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The wines we are using from CK Mondavi and Family are their Pinot Grigio and Merlot. The Pinot Grigio has a crisp finish, wildflowers and notes of peaches and pears. It’s a fresh, tropical flavor wine that makes it the perfect pairing for the mint and orange we have in the cocktail!

REd cocktail in rocks glass, blueberries and mint

The Merlot is a silky and rich red wine with aromas of plum, blackberry jam and dark chocolate. Some cherry and pecan pie flavors, this really goes well in the cocktail we made with blueberries, bourbon and lemon. 

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We would highly suggest making yourself either of these wine cocktail recipes (or both!) before summer is over. It’s the perfect pairing in the pool or by the firepit on a summer evening.

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Wine cocktail recipes are a nice way to mix things up and they make for a good pairing for many finger foods like skewers, cheese plates or tiny desserts. Again, pick up a CK Mondavi and Family bottle and save your Champagne for date night!

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For our party I made some tiny Strawberry Shortcakes, Margherita bites, and Prosciutto and melon skewers. Super easy and so tasty!

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Tips To Keep In Mind When Making Wine Cocktails

  • Inexpensive but fruit forward wines are perfect for making wine-based cocktails.
  • You can add spirits, because cocktails!
  • Use fresh ingredients when available. Fruit and fresh ingredients always add so much flavor!
  • When in doubt, go with flavors that are alike for your wine cocktails. You cannot go wrong with adding lime, lemon or grapefruit to a citrusy wine. Or berries with red wine. Make it easy!

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We hope you try out some CK Mondavi and Family wines, make some wine cocktail recipes, and have a great social distanced summer!


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CK Mondavi and Family Wine Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These CK Mondavi and Family wine cocktail recipes are full of flavor and perfect for a summer party!


Orange Mint Pinot Grigio Cocktail

  • 3 Mint Leaves
  • .75 ounce simple syrup
  • .75 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 2 ounces CK Mondavi and Family Pinot Grigio

Muddled Blueberry Bourbon Merlot

  • 5 Blueberries
  • .50 oz simple syrup
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1.50 ounces bourbon
  • .25 ounce lemon juice
  • 1.75 ounce CK Mondavi and Family Merlot


Orange Mint Pinot Grigio Cocktail

  1. Combine mint and simple syrup in shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add in triple sec, orange juice and pinot grigio with ice.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Strain into glass. Garnish with mint if desired.
  5. Cheers!

Muddled Blueberry Bourbon Merlot

  1. Combine blueberries, mint and simple syrup in shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add bourbon, lemon juice and merlot, plus ice.
  3. Shake, and double strain into glass.
  4. Garnish with mint and blueberries if desired.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: .1gCarbohydrates: 22.3gFiber: .1gSugar: 19.8gProtein: .2g

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Christina Thomas

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

These cocktails are perfect for outdoor parties! It's great to see wine being used in more than just a sangria. (although I love those too!) CK Mondavi is a great wine to use in drinks. Can't wait to try your recipes.

The 'Noms.

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Thanks! We were pretty happy with these wine cocktails, and we think they are just perfect for the summer. Cheers!


Friday 17th of July 2020

Looks like so much fun! I love the idea of muddled blueberry merlot. Definitely on my to do list!!

The 'Noms.

Friday 17th of July 2020

Thanks so much! It's such an easy summer red wine cocktail for sure. Cheers!

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