The Europeans know all about drinking red wine with a chill and if there is anywhere in the world that should embrace this philosophy, it is Australia.
Red wine is usually recommended to be consumed at room temperature, but if it’s a scorching summer, room temperature is far from ideal! Take it one step further and cross over into cocktail territory and really wow with these innovative ways to stay cool with red wine this summer.
The Bloody Gary – Recipe from Design Sponge by Tom Ross
One garlic bulb, vodka, lemon juice, red wine, worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, tomato juice, black pepper and chilli salt.
For the Garlic Vodka: Bring one garlic bulb to boil in water. When the water has come to a boil, finish off bulb in oven. The garlic is ready when soft. Peel and use 1 clove of garlic per 750ml of vodka. Let steep at least 24 hours before serving. The Bloody Gary: Start with the Tabasco and crushed black pepper in a highball glass. (Drinker’s preference for ‘spicy’ will determine how much Tabasco you use). Fill the glass with ice and add the rest of the ingredients, ending with the Tomato juice. Stir the mix in a cocktail shaker and pour into a High ball glass. Crack some more black pepper on top and garnish with a lemon slice.
Slushie Floats- Recipe from Sed Bona
The original recipe uses rosé but I think it works just as well with a light red wine. Vanilla ice cream, small bag of frozen mixed berries, 1 bottle of wine, a handful of fresh berries, handful of ice and edible gold stars for garnish.
In a blender combine the bag of frozen berries with half the bottle of wine. Add fresh berries and ice and blend until you have a desirable “slushie” consistency. To serve pour half the slushie mixture into the bottom of tall glasses. Add a large scoop of ice cream then top with remaining slushie mixture. Add one more scoop of ice cream and sprinkle with gold stars.
Wine Smoothie – Recipe from White Lights on Wednesday by Lisa Johnston
Frozen mixed berries and sweet red wine.
Pop the berries in a blender add wine and blend until you have the desired consistency.
Red Wine Spritzer – Recipe from Jennifer Meyering
Light-bodied red wine, soda or sparkling water. Mint leaves and raspberries to garnish.
Half fill a tall glass with ice and pour the wine over the ice until the glass is three quarters full. Top with sparkling water, garnish and enjoy.
The Carousel thanks Christina Tulloch, CEO of Tulloch Wine for this article.