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With the onset of the summer, ditch the conventional beverage options and try some wine concoctions.
Rose: The Summer Wine
Rose is the quintessential summer drink, and with wine gaining popularity in India, this is a perfect choice to counter our tropical, unforgiving heat. In a season that calls for light meals and cooling drinks, it is hearty to note that rose also goes exceptionally well with light, refreshing salads. To add another dimension to this summer drink is it’s pink colour, resulting from the length of contact between the skins and the juice. This duration of contact decides how light or vivid the pink is going to be, and each rose corresponds to a different pink on the palette. Broadly you can expect roses to be dry or sweet and much less bold as compared to red wine. Fruity flavours of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and even the subtlety of watermelon shine through this wine. Versatile with its pairing, it can be eaten with a variety of meats and seafood alike. Most of all, its best served cold.
Sangrias, Spritzers and Sunday Brunch
Summer in the Indian subcontinent is the perfect time for long, leisurely and languid Sunday brunches that allow for a slow setting without having to sacrifice your social life completely because of the heat. What better beverage option at a brunch that Sangria. With Spanish roots, Sangria is a wine punch that is traditionally made out of red wine, fresh seasonal fruits and a splash of normal or citrus-flavoured soda. Over the years though, there have been many variations of the Sangria that use white wine and even Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine. Its cooling, fresh fruity taste goes hand in hand with the strong sunshine of the summer. Another option is the wine spritzer, of which there are many types too. The most basic is white wine and seltzer or club soda. Each country in Europe seems to have a different take to this cocktail. One of the more famous versions is served in Italy, where they use Prosecco, club soda, and Campari or some other coloured alcohol.
Champagne and Wine Cocktails
Cocktails are a fun, interesting way to enjoy a drink and in the summer, the central ingredient best be wine or champagne. The list of cocktails and concoctions that star one of these two drinks is dangerously long, but the all-time favourite is the Bellini- champagne and fruit juice.
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