Cooling Off with Wine Coolers

Today is statement of the obvious Thursday: It’s damn hot outside. I was going to caveat that statement with “in Chicago,” but I think it’s damn freaking hot pretty much across the country today. And, while we’re stating obvious facts, I’m sick of hearing every news outlet squawk about the heat. Yeah, we got it… pavement buckles, fry that egg, blah blah blah. Just stop. Anyone with a door or window knows it’s hot outside.

So, when the grueling sun beats down upon you, instead of complaining, do something about it. Here are my steps to staying cool on days like this:

  1. Go inside an air conditioning home. (My sincere apologies to all those out there who are without power… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably inside with electricity anyway… so don’t get huffy…. just keep reading…)
  2. Walk into the kitchen of this home.
  3. Get out a large pitcher and a few wine glasses.
  4. Make the following recipe.
  5. Drink said recipe.

I find that it’s very difficult to whine when your mouth is full of wine. This recipe comes from epicrack. (Heat makes me lazy… Fine, lazier.) I doubled the recipe, but that’s because I’m a lush. This is the doubled version.

Mango-Cucumber Wine Cooler

  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 750 milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 hothouse cucumber, peeled, cut into ¼” rounds
  • 2 mango, pitted, peeled, finely diced
  • 24 sprigs fresh mint, divided
  • 2 C ginger ale

Stir sugar and 3 T hot water in a large pitcher until dissolved. Add wine, cucumber, and mango. Remove leaves from 12 sprigs of mint; stir into pitcher. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours.

Note: Hothouse cucumbers have little to no seeds, so if you can’t find them, you might want to de-seed the cucumber.

Stir ginger ale into pitcher. Fill large wineglasses with ice. Divide wine cooler among glasses. Garnish with remaining 12 mint sprigs.


Pretty good despite my bad garnishing technique and lack of ice in this photo. (I strained out the fruit for easy of pouring and to fit in my mini wine glasses.) Not surprisingly, the mango and cucumber tastes better the longer it sits. It’s also good in a tall glass with a straw.

Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler

So, stop your bitching and stay cool, kiddos!


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