It’s finally here – patio season!

Gone are the days of being cooped up inside. Now you can enjoy your comfortable sandals, pretty floral dresses and stylish Bermuda shorts, all while sipping your favourite cocktails on the patio. Let the sun shine down on your face as you enjoy a new spin on your favourite red wine. Here are three unforgettable red wine drink recipes that you can enjoy any day of the year, but especially during patio season!

  1. Sparkling Red Cocktail

During hot summer days by the pool, a sparkling cocktail will make you feel refreshed! This Sparking Red Cocktail offers a stunning combination of red wine and sparkling water, one that’s sure to impress you and all your guests who enjoy a crisp glass of wine!


  • one part lemon juice
  • one part red wine
  • 1 tsp. honey or a cup of raspberries
  • a slice of lime
  • Soda water or sparkling water


Add lemon juice, red wine, honey or raspberries, and ice to your shaker. Then, shake well, and serve in a glass with lime as a garnish. To finish, top it off with sparkling water or soda water for a bubbly sensation that is sure to refresh you on a hot summer patio!

  1. Refreshing Summer Sangria

There’s nothing quite like a sweet and delicious glass of sangria to cool you down while relaxing on a patio, especially in the heart of the Niagara region. With so many sangria recipes available at your fingertips, it can be difficult to narrow down your favourite. Luckily, this Refreshing Summer Sangria puts a bubbly and fresh spin on an already delicious combination of flavours.


  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 apple slices
  • ½ brandy
  • ¼ orange liqueur
  • 2 parts red wine
  • 2 parts soda water or sparkling water


Fill your glass with ice cubes and add all ingredients, stir, and serve! For an even more flavourful sangria that is sure to please you and all your guests, multiply the recipe to serve several people. Add all ingredients to a pitcher, minus the soda water, and allow to chill in the fridge overnight. Next, simply pour over ice and add your sparkling water for a refreshing patio-friendly drink that you and all your friends can sip on!

  1. Red Hot Niagara Summer

It’s about to get hot in here, and these higher temperatures will send you running for this next recipe. If you enjoy drinks that are less fruity and a little bit stronger, this drink might be for you! The Red Hot Niagara Summer only requires 3 ingredients and is super simple to make.


  • ¾ red wine
  • ¼ lemon-lime pop
  • 1 lime, sliced


First, combine red wine, lemon-lime soda, and 2 lime slices in a glass over ice. Stir well and add a lime wheel as a garnish. Now, grab your drink and head to the patio where you can relax with family and friends!

Summer Niagara Wine Tours

If you enjoy drinking wine on a patio, chances are you might benefit from a Niagara wine tour! You can experience the beauty and culture of the Niagara region, while experimenting and learning about different wines that are made right here in Southern Ontario. Contact us today to learn more about the tours available at Niagara Vintage Wine Tours!