Red, white, sparkling or fabulous? 21/03/2014

Fabulous Cocktails for a Wine Lovers Wedding

This summer in the McLaren Vale we had the pleasure of hosting a big party, also known as our wedding! Naturally, one of our top priorities was to make sure we served fabulous drinks and in particular, quality wines. The Retreat at Chapel Hill, known for it's delicious McLaren Vale Shiraz, was the perfect vineyard venue with a beautiful terrace, great wines and lots of space for dancing.


The Retreat 


To get the party started we wanted to serve wine-based cocktails in addition to the usual 'red, white or sparkling' on offer. After many evenings of dedicated "research" we decided on two simple cocktails, which would be eye-catching, delicious and easy to serve during the busy reception. 

Firstly, we decided to mix up the usual sparkling by alternating every third glass with a Kir Royale. This is the classic blend of Creme de Cassis and Champagne or Sparkling Wine.  Not only does the Kir Royale taste divine, but it's also a stunning violet colour, sparking conversations and smiles across the terrace.


Kir Royale

Kir Royale

(single glass)

10mL of Creme de Cassis 

90mL of Champagne (or sparkling white wine if you like)


To maximise the summer wedding vibe we also served a Red Sangria instead of red wine before sunset. Although it was unseasonably cool and a little bit sprinkly, the Red Sangria was fabulous. Chapel Hill's Tempranillo was the perfect base for the Sangria, as the variety used in the traditional Spanish Rioja and Sangria recipes. We also decided to serve the Tempranillo along with the Shiraz after sunset, with lots of happy guests loving the lighter red option.


Sangria 2

Red Sangria

(6-8 glasses)

1 bottle of Tempranillo

100mL Brandy

500mL Lemonade

4 oranges and 2 lemons peeled and diced

2 apples core removed and diced (not peeled)

2 peaches sliced (when in season)

Garnish with berries or pomegranate seeds

With 'Signature Cocktails' trending in wedding planning blogs across the globe, the Kir Royale and Red Sangria were definitely an understated splash of colour for a summer vineyard wedding ... and boy did they get the party started! 


 Mr & Mrs WPWedding Pic Edited


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