Wine Cooler Drinks: A Retro Drink That Is Low in Alcohol
One of the most popular light alcoholic drinks of the 1980s was the wine cooler. It was sweet enough to appeal to people that couldn’t handle the bitterness of beer or strength of harder drinks, but alcoholic enough to loosen you up at a party. The hey-day of wine coolers has come and gone, but you can still find them here and there. Here’s a good question: have you ever thought about making your own wine cooler drinks? There are plenty of great homemade recipes out there for you to choose from, no matter your taste.
The first recipe for wine cooler drinks is quite easy and tasty. For this recipe, you need 16 ounces of 7-UP, 16 ounces of white Zinfandel wine, the juice from one lemon and 1 lime, and 4 packets of Sweet-n-Low. Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher and you’re good to go! This mixture will yield 4 wine coolers; just pour it over ice and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge!
The next recipe in line for wine cooler drinks is a bit trickier, but definitely worth it. For this one, you’ll need 1 ½ cups of boiling water, 6 cinnamon apple herbal tea bags (Lipton makes great ones), 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 cup of white wine, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and some chilled club soda. In a teapot, pour the boiling water over the tea bags. Cover the pot and let it brew for five minutes. Then remove the tea bags, stir in the sugar and let it cool. In a pitcher, combine the tea, lemon juice, wine, and cold water. Serve over ice and round it out to 4 servings with the club soda. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and your golden!
The last recipe for wine cooler drinks that we’ll provide has a bit of a twist. This recipe calls for half a cup of dry red or white wine, ¼ cup of chilled pineapple juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ cup of sparkling water, and a lime wedge to garnish. This one is very simple; all you do is combine the wine (white or red – your choice), pineapple juice and lemon juice over ice in a glass. Add the sparkling water and stir it a bit with a stirrer. Garnish with your lime wedge and you’re done! This makes one serving.
Looking at what is provided here, you could very easily come up with your own recipes for wine cooler drinks. All it really takes is some carbonation, wine, and whatever sort of flavor you prefer. If you have the means and patience, try experimenting with some of your favorite fruit juices and see what you come up with! Quite often, after all, this is how new flavors are born! You might make something that you love, and when other people try it they may love it as well! Who knows—you could make a new sensation! The only way you’ll ever know is to try!