One of the best things about summer is that people get to enjoy cocktails that are a little more festive than wine. However, finding the right cocktail recipe can be tricky. We have to share some easy recipes to try out in your own kitchen.

A red wine cocktail is a perfect choice for any special occasion. Here are some tips on when to make a red wine cocktail for every occasion. For a fun evening with friends, try a spirited red wine cocktail like the Fireball. This drink is made with vodka, cranberry juice, and Scotch whisky. Add a twist of lime for refreshing flavor and some sparkle. 

For a more sophisticated evening out, try red wine cocktails for vacations. This drink is made with gin, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth. Stir in Campari for a delicious pink hue and complexity. 

For an elegant evening at home, sip on a classic martini made with gin, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth. This recipe calls for just one olive for extra flavor and texture. Whatever your mood or occasion, there’s always a delicious red wine cocktail to fit the bill!

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When in doubt, go classic. A traditional red wine cocktail like the Old-Fashioned is a crowd pleaser and perfect for all occasions. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try Spanish. Both are composed of vermouth, red wine, and bitters, so they’re versatile and can be tweaked to your own personal taste. Click here to find more latest flavors of red wines.

For a slightly less formal affair, consider a sangria or margarita. These drinks are refreshing and fun, and they make great party starters because they can be made with a variety of liquors and mixers. For an extra indulgent touch, try whipping up a batch of frozen yogurt Margaritas or pouring some Flush into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. 

Finally, if you want something that’s specifically tailored to your event—like a themed drink—check out our selection of recipes for Red Wine Margaritas and Sangrias, which include specific ingredients and flavors to fit any celebration.