Stretching Your Wine Dollars

Mango Basil Wine CocktailIf you are having a large party and are on a tight budget you might want to try serving wine cocktails, or as some people know them by – sangria, instead of straight up wine. It makes the wine stretch further and you can usually get away with a cheaper wine since it is mixed with other ingredients. No one will know that you did it to cut costs because they taste oh so good and are very refreshing on warm summer nights.

Mango-Basil Wine Cocktail

Ingredients:

Basil Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup basil leaves

Cocktail Mix

  • 1 bottle inexpensive Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
  • 2-1/2 cups mango nectar (peach nectar can also be used)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Garnish: basil leaves, mango or peach slice

Directions:

To make simple syrup, combine all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, crushing basil leaves against side of pan to bring out flavor, then simmer just until sugar has dissolved. Let cool.

When ready to serve, mix wine, mango or peach nectar, lemon juice and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with basil leaf and slice of mango, peach or lemon. You can also make the cocktail more colorful by placing pieces of fruit such as mango, peaches, lemons, raspberries or strawberries right in the pitcher.

Serves 6.

Note: You can also try pureed strawberries in place of mango or peach nectar as they go great with the taste of basil.

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