Beer & Wine Wine

7 White Wine Cocktails to Try Right Now

Make Sangria and so much more.

White Sangria / Tim Nusog

You've surely had a cocktail employing sparkling wine. Mimosas are a perennial favorite, and the Aperol Spritz has been the near-official drink of the past several summers. Still wine a less-common cocktail component than its bubbly brother, but is just as valuable: It brings its nuanced flavors to a drink, easily combining with a host of other ingredients. Worried you'll miss sparkling wine's festive fizz? Many of these drinks call for a splash of club soda or similar to add a touch of effervescence. As a bonus, most are easy to scale up to fill a punch bowl. You might just find your new favorite summer cocktail among these seven.

  • Bicicletta

    Bicicletta cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Italian aperitivo calls for two of the country's favorites: dry white wine (think pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc) and Campari, the bitter red liqueur best-known as an essential component in a Negroni. Mix them together, top with soda water and garnish with two orange wheels, and you have a drink tailor-made for afternoons on a patio.

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  • Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

    Watermelon White Wine Spritzer / Tim Nusog

    This crowd-pleasing summer cocktail serves four, and it's easy to scale up for a larger crowd. Puree watermelon with agave nectar in the blender, then add white wine and club soda for bubbles. There you have it: the perfect drink for your next party.

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  • Albariño Mint Julep

    Albarino Mint Julep / Tim Nusog

    Bartending veteran Alex Day, of Death & Co in New York City, created this deceptively simple yet delicious cocktail. Just combine the Spanish white wine albariño with a bit of crème de pêche over crushed ice, and garnish the drink with a mint sprig. It's really that easy.

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  • Front Porch Swing

    Front Porch Swing cocktail

    H. Joseph Ehrmann

    This drink may look like a glass of Sangria and tastes pretty similar to one, too, but it gets a serious boozy kick from cucumber-flavored vodka and elderflower liqueur. Add a handful of halved grapes, plus an orange wheel, a strawberry and some herbs, and you have a combination of complementary fruity and herbaceous flavors that's just perfect for enjoying on your front porch.

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  • Sauvignon Blanc Punch

    Sauvignon Blanc Punch / Tim Nusog

    Another varietal-specific white wine drink from Day, this cocktail calls for mixing sauvignon blanc with Aperol and grapefruit and lemon juices. Add a bit of simple syrup and top with club soda, and you've found your new summer favorite.

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  • St-Germain Cocktail

    St-Germain Cocktail / Tim Nusog

    A simple combination of white (or sparkling) wine, club soda and the elderflower liqueur that lends its name to the cocktail, and a slightly less-bitter cousin of an Aperol Spritz, this drink is easy to mix up at a moment's notice. Just add all of the ingredients into a glass and stir.

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  • White Sangria

    White Sangria / Tim Nusog

    Perhaps the most classic and conventional way to use wine in a cocktail, Sangria shouldn't be overlooked. If you're accustomed to the classic red variety, give this version using white wine a try. It's a lighter, brighter way to use the best of summer's fruits in a wine-based drink.

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