I am not a wine snob. I will try new brands any time, any place, if I think they might taste good. I have never even really known how to judge a “quality wine,” and I prefer something that taste lovely and refreshing. I’m a sucker for a good white wine. In the height of summer, it is my drink of choice. While men have their nice cold beers to kick back with, my drink of choice is a nice white wine cocktail.
I was so excited to see that Excelsior Wines has released a whole little stash of Frontera Cocktail Recipes on their website. All of their awesome wines have some fancy way to turn them into a killer cocktail. From sangria to mulled, wine is such a versatile ingredient that it can be jazzed up in all sorts of fun ways to make the perfect drink for any occasion. For me, I just HAD to try the Chardonnay al Fresco, using their already delicious Chardonnay.
The video makes it look SO simple, and that’s because it IS that simple. I couldn’t actually wait for the sun, and I made it in the evening hours after the kids went to bed. Let’s be honest, mommy and daddy don’t get a lot of alone time with three little boys under four, so we have to take our opportunities when we can get them. It took me less than five minutes to make this lovely drink, and that includes chopping the fruit!
Here’s what you need:
120 mL Frontera Chardonnay
2 T simple syrup
Please note that my very lovely stemware is made of plastic and is tinted grey… Yet another problem with having young kids – glass is a big no no. But hey – whatever gets the job done, right?!
Ahem. Back to the recipe. First up, the recipe in question is for ONE serving. So to have more than one serving, you need to multiply each ingredient by the requisite amount.
To get us started, chop your cucumber into slices. Then slice up your lime, as well.
I love how beautiful fresh fruit looks on my chopping board. Just looking at it has me feeling refreshed. Ahh.
Next up, muddle your fruit in the simple syrup. Don’t know what muddle means? Don’t worry, I had to look it up. It just means to press the fruit against the side of the glass or bowl and let the juices get into the syrup. There is even a particular piece of equipment called a “muddler.” But I just used a spoon. Hey, it’s summer! We’re supposed to be relaxing and having fun, right!?
Okay then. Next, add your Frontera Chardonnay to the fruit and syrup and shake in a cocktail shaker with ice. And yes, before you ask, I am using a smoothie shaker because I don’t own a cocktail shaker. Come on, have I not told you I have THREE KIDS?! This is the most well-deserved cocktail in the WORLD, I tell you!
Once you’ve shaken it up (make sure to sing an appropriate shake-themed song as you do it – I recommend Shake it Off by Taylor Swift or Shake It Up Baby (Twist and Shout) by the Beatles), pour it into your glasses (plastics?). I am a big believer in making things pretty, even if you’re the only one who’s going to see it. So I added a slice of cucumber and a little sliver of lime to each glass.
So pretty, right? And this is where I remind you that my glasses are grey-tinted. The drinks are not cloudy or dark at all – my amazing dollar store drinking apparrel just makes it seem that way. Le sigh. Still, you can’t argue with taste, and this is one of those drinks that you are going to want to have on hand allllll summer long. It’s got the crisp fresh taste of a good white wine, but it’s slightly sweet, slightly tangy and slightly citrusy. It just the perfect thing for a hot summer evening.
Hubby and I have been really enjoying a glass each evening, and I would love to know what you think about it. Give it a try! It really is worth making the effort!
Frontera Wines are available in your grocery store. Not mine because I live in Utah, and I have to go to an actual wine store, but most states you can get it pretty easily. And all the ingredients for these cocktails are pretty much those you would have on hand anyway.
So tell me… are you a white or a red? Which cocktail recipe are you dying to try? I’m going to be going for the Happy Place Sangria next time since I have a bottle of Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon to try out!