Summer Ginger Apricot Wine Coolers

by Jenn on July 14, 2011

in Beverages,Dairy Free,Gluten Free,No Cook,Wine

Summer Apricot Wine Cooler

I never knew what all the hype was about fresh apricots until I moved to Switzerland. My grandmother used to talk about apricots that she would eat when she was growing up in California, and I never quite understood her fascination with them because well, New England (where I grew up) just isn’t known for its stone fruit – so any time I had them I just wasn’t that thrilled – probably because whatever apricots we did have available were old, from far away, and beaten up from the long journey to the Northeast.  But now I live en Suisse-Romande, the French speaking side of Switzerland, and in the Summer apricots are all the rage, especially those from the canton of Valais.  To me it seems Valais is quite well-known for several specialties – les abricots, la raclette, la petite arvine, la brisolée, la viande sechée… so many culinary treasures that I had never really appreciated or known much about until our hop “across the pond”.

Valais also happens to be one of my favorite cantons for hiking around – because seriously what can top a place that has such gorgeous mountains and views like this?

Hiking in a Swiss Alpine Wonderland

But then, I didn’t know about a lot of features of Swiss life & culture (let alone of certain cantons!) until I moved here, and I’ve found so many great foods (and places) that I now love because of being en Suisse.

Another fruit that has become a fast favorite and was previously totally unknown to me in the U.S. are currants – they are so tart and vibrant, I’ve been enjoying them and the famous Valasian apricots every morning with my yogurt and granola (still never could adapt to muesli, I need crunch with my cereal).

mmmm Summer

And together? The tender sweetness of the apricots and sharp acidity of the currants provides the perfect balance.  I’ve started using the combination whenever I can – sometimes if not on my breakfast, just in a bowl of fruit salad, or lately a blended wine drink after getting home from a long day at work.

During these hot sticky days, there is just something so refreshing about wine and fruit together….and it is quickly becoming a Summer tradition for my husband and I to enjoy a glass as an aperitif before eating light dinners of fruits, cold cuts, and salads.  We particularly like this drink because it is sweet, brightly flavored, and cold (very important, especially when you only own one tiny little ice cube tray, ha!).  Just puréed apricots with ginger syrup, lemon and wine, poured over ice and garnished with more slices of fruit and berries and mint (and maybe a sour cherry or two).

As for the wine, we’ve been using none other than the famous Valaisian petite arvine – I first tried petite arvine at a tasting fair earlier this year, and knew it would be perfect for the Summertime – the brands we have been enjoying have been a bit sweet, light, and simply refreshing.  Perfect for Summer, and perfect with fruit.

So cheers to Summer, to new tastes, to beautiful fresh Summer fruit, and to drinks with which to enjoy them :)

Ginger Apricot Wine Cooler

 

 

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey@Lindselicious July 14, 2011 at 1:43 am

Oooh this sounds so good- I love anything with ginger. This must be so refreshing in the summer too. AND I just saw your ginger ale recipe! Which to try first. =)

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

thanks! I’ve made this several times now this Summer so far…

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kankana July 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

Ginger syrup sounds fun to me .. this sounds so good! Love the color too.

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 7:18 am

Thanks!

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Rosa July 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

A delightful drink! It looks so delicious and refreshing. I really like the picture with the fruits.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thanks Rosa!

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meeta July 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

Absolutely sensational Jenn! Ever since you mentioned this on Twitter I’ve been wondering about it. This shall be made on the weekend!

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Meeta, hope you enjoy it!

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Christine July 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

I miss the cuurents too. We don’t find groseilles in Hong Kong. Beautiful story and photos! I have to try tour recipe! Cheers

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Thanks :)

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Maureen July 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Fruit and ginger and you’re calling my name. I’m from New England too and I don’t think I ever saw a fresh apricot in the stores in Maine. :)

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

yeah I was totally missing out growing up, because now I am in love with apricots :)

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InTolerantChef July 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

What a nice mix! Fresh currants are not readily available here, but Icould get frozen ones easily and they’d have the added bonus of chilling the wine without unnecesarily diluting the alcohol!

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh I loved your idea of adding frozen currants, perfect idea!

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Zita July 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

The photo of the mountains is breathtaking! This cooler looks delicious!

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Thanks !!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary July 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’m thirsty. So thirsty all I can think to say is…slurp. Actually I was thirsty before I saw this and now must go find myself something, anything to drink. But it won’t compare. Beautiful slurpilicious shot.

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Jenn July 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Ha thanks Barbara!

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Gourmantine July 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I love the contrast of colors in the photos, so beautiful! I’m hosting a party in Provence this weekend and have them already listed for aperitf! :)

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks! Hope you enjoyed it!

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Gourmantine July 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

Just wanted to let you know that it these lovely coolers got thumbs up from everyone! Truly delightful! :)

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Kelly July 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

WOW can I have one now?? That cocktail looks so refreshing and delicious, what a great post! :)

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Ha thanks! They are refreshing!

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Tiffany July 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I drink this in the summer, fall, winter, or spring! It’s gorgeous!

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I think I could too – maybe just change the fruit to suit the season :)

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Erin July 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

That drink looks so good!! Love your shots as always!

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Erin!

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Carrie July 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

I bet that drink is heavenly – sure sounds good in this heat wave. I would love to know a bit about how you process your landscape photos!

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Thanks Carrie! This photo was an hdr, a combination of several exposures which I tonemapped in Photomatix – then I put it back into Photoshop Elements and masked in some of the original exposures to help it look a bit more realistic.

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Jennifer July 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

Sounds like I am going to have to try something else from your blog! I LOVE apricots. I also never had them growing up, same kind of fruit-travel issue, but now I am close enough to where they’re grown to really appreciate them as well. Your pictures of the drink are amazing as well, yummy for the eyes.

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Oh thanks!!

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Nic Klein July 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Your food and drinks always look amazing! Also? Your view. Color me jealous!

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Thanks Nic!!

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Heather July 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

yummm that looks delicious. I am in awe of your talent!

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Jenn July 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Thanks so much!

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Gen July 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Wow a great way to appreciate apricots, so fresh and fruity!

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Jenn July 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

Thank you!

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Jeanne @ CookSister! July 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Oh my…. these look absolutely fabulous! I was also unaware of currants till I moved to Europe but I love them for their jewel-like looks and tart taste. I am a huge fan of wine coolers so this is on the “to do” list :)

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Jenn July 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks Jeanne :)

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connie July 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hello! thank you for sharing this recipe. I live in CT but am from Frankfurt Germany and spent a lot of time in Switzerland. The pictures are beautiful and make me long to go back. I will be frequenting your site for more great recipes and posts. Love to read about your life! take care.

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Jenn August 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

Thanks so much for all the kind words!! :)

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CarolKicinski August 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I have to try this recipe Summer ginger apricot wine coolers,this is delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing this recipe…

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Jenn August 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Carol!

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Cheryl September 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

Looks delicious! Beautiful job on these photos too!

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