3 Wine Cocktails For The End of Summer


The folks at Francis Ford Coppola Winery sent a nice reminder to enjoy some cocktails — and summer — before it ends.

3 Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer will officially end on Saturday, September 21 and so when Francis Ford Coppola Winery, one of my favorite wineries, sent some summer cocktail recipes, I vowed to try them before, well, summer ends.

Located in Alexander Valley, California, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s 24-acre property features two restaurants, a full bar, a wine tasting room, two swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts Pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. But it is not just a place for fun.  The winery is also squarely committed to sustainability. Along with everything else, visitors will “discover a place dedicated to responsible, harmonious stewardship of the land.” They boast electric charging stations, energy-efficient architecture and farm-to-table restaurants. Its a great place to visit if you are ever in Sonoma County.

These are ‘simple but stylish’ end-of-summer cocktails. As the folks at Coppola say:  There’s no better way to celebrate these precious remaining summer days than with a light and festive take on wine cocktails.

The Clarita


  • ½ scoop lemon sorbet
  • ¾ cup red Claret wine

Emerald ’97


  • 1.5 ounces Pinot Grigio
  • 1 ounce Melon Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Lemonade
  • Fill with Club Soda over ice

Creme de Chardonnay


  • 5 ounces Chardonnay
  • ½ ounce Creme de Cassis
  • Fresh Lemon Twist

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .