I’ve been working in my garden the last few days and have finally gotten around to planting my herbs. I use herbs all over my garden because they are pretty indestructible and I don’t have to deadhead like most perennials or annuals, and unlike with vegetables, you can pick and use any time. Plus, herbs are great for cocktails like this pineapple mint wine cooler. If you plant mint, you most certainly should do so in a container.
Mint is very vigorous and unless you want it taking over your entire neighborhood, use a container.
I plant several varieties of mint each year in my garden such as orange and apple mints for tea, chocolate mint for cookies and chocolate sauce, spearmint for essential oils and pineapple mint for wine coolers and other cocktails. Mint is also a great pest deterrent in your garden and will even keep the ants away. Bees appreciate mint too for pollinating. Try using spearmint essential oil for a quick home remedy for headaches and indigestion which my kiddos seem to get when they have too much fun in the sun.
You can easily make a wine cooler at home that will taste a million times better than the bottled versions at the store. Do they even make those any more? A wine cooler is basically white wine, simple syrup, soda water, and juice. Put it all over ice, and you’re done. I like them because I can make up a big pitcher for a party so I don’t have to make individual cocktails for guests. You can use red wine too for more of a sangria-style cooler which would be fantastic!
A wine cooler is white wine, simple syrup, soda water, and fruit
For the simple syrup, put a cup of water and a half cup sugar in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Then add your herbs and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the herbs and store in a container in the fridge for about one week. Making mocktails? Skip the wine and you’ve got a Pineapple Mint Lemonade for the kiddos.
You can use any type of white wine for a wine cooler. Because this wine cooler calls for lemon and pineapple, I wanted a wine that complimented the flavors so I chose a Vermentino. Vermentino is similar to Sauvignon Blanc, so if you like that, you might try this. It has nice flavors of lemon, fruit, and herbs so was a perfect pairing for this cocktail.
Try a Vermentino if you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc
Play around with different wines and see if you find one you love for this wine cooler. Use peach or mango sparkling water with peach juice for a Chardonnay wine cooler or berry sparkling water with strawberry juice and a rosé of Pinot Noir would be delicious as well. There’s no way to go wrong so use your imagination and have fun with it.
Did you enjoy this recipe? Reply below to let me know! Don’t miss my other fun summer cocktail- Strawberry Vanilla Frozé.
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