So far, summer in Boston has been pretty hot and humid! High heat means needing to chill out - literally - and enjoy a cool drink with friends.
For nearly any summer gathering, there is a perfect beverage option. Jeannie Hannigan from 90+ Cellars, a Boston-based wine brand that brings fine wine from all over the world to you at a fraction of the original price, offers summer wine recommendations for the women of Boston.
Consider these refreshing drink selections whether you are relaxing with your social circle or celebrating a special occasion:
Beach day: Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011($9.99)
Lounging on the beach calls for a fruity, refreshing white. Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc is packed with zesty grapefruit aromas that are a perfect complement to sun and ocean breeze. Plus, this wine comes with a no-hassle screw cap so you can leave the wine opener at home and relax.
Picnic: Lot 4 Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010 ($12.99)
When it's time to pack up a meal for the great outdoors, you need a red wine that's as food-friendly as it is refreshing. Lot 4 Shiraz Viognier is versatile and delightfully fruit-forward with just a hint of citrus -- perfect for serving up alongside roast beef or pulled pork sandwiches, or hard, aged cheese. Bonus: if you're looking to beat the heat, this red is also delicious when lightly chilled and comes with a screw top.
Engagement party: Lot 33 Rosé, Languedoc, France, 2011 ($9.99)
Equal parts delicious, refined, and totally girly, you can't go wrong with Rosé for an engagement party. Lot 33 is a dry, yet fruity blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault from the Languedoc. Packed with flavors of fresh strawberries and just a hint of cotton candy, you won't find a wine that's more refreshing or festive when it's time to celebrate such a special occasion.
Girls night out: St. Germain Cocktails with Lot 50 Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, NV ($11.99)
When it's time to go all out with the girls, mix up a batch of refreshing Prosecco and St. Germain cocktails to get the party started. It's simple and tasty; an effortless yet impressive way to enjoy a night with your girlfriends. Here is the recipe:
Combine 2 parts Lot 50 Prosecco with 2 parts club soda and 1.5 parts St. Germain.
Garnish with a lemon twist for a fun, Parisian twist, and serve over ice in a tall Collins glass.
What do you like to sip when you enjoy summer in Boston?