When we were planning out the Music Issue, we scoured the internet for songs named after drinks. And it turns out, they aren’t in abundance folks. What we did discover though? “Summer Wine”, by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, that not only ticked our boxes for music-inspired cocktails but also helps the farmers!
You might have heard? Due to a certain virus, Australia currently has an abundance of strawberries. Me? I’ve been buying them in bulk, eating and freezing as many berries as I can get my hands on. It is my civic duty after all! But strawberries also happen to be the most delicious addition to a cocktail.
Summer wine? It’s a fruity, breezy twist on a traditional rosé. We know you’re not a stranger to balmy nights and big glasses of that tart sweetness, but this cocktail (though missing the cherries and angel’s wings, forgive me) adds something a little fresh and a little extra sweetness. Tall and icy, it’s the perfect thing to whip up when a glass of wine just isn’t enough, take your wine and make it summer.
For this one, you’re going to need
- An abundance of strawberries (we used two per drink)
- 30ml gin (we used The Natural Distilling Co Linalool pink hemp gin)
- 60ml Chilled rosé wine (We used our favourite Tokar Estate rosé)
- Chilled soda water
- Fresh mint
- In a glass, add strawberries & mint and muddle until they’re all juicy and delicious
- Add gin and ice and stir
- When ready to serve, add chilled rosé and top with soda water
Special note: this cocktail isn’t sweet because we’re playing off the rosé notes and fresh fruit flavour, but if you want to up the sweetness, add some simple syrup to taste.