I’ve been loving white wine this summer. In the past, I’ve always struggled with drinking red wine in the heat of summer but after learning more about wine this winter and trying different wines, I think I’m definitely a lot more open to varieties other than cabernet.

Finally!

I used a fruity pinot grigio (my favorite white) for this drink. I definitely tasted more of the cucumber than the mango and it gave the wine less of a sweet flavor and more of a mellow cucumber flavor which I LOVED. I had planned on taking it to a girls night, but unfortunately my friends weren’t able to try it because after I poured the wine into a transportable plastic pitcher, it was knocked off the counter, cracked on the floor, and all of the delicious wine leaked out. I stood in the kitchen frozen and screaming. I managed to save a glass and after trying it out? I was a little heartbroken there wasn’t any left and I wouldn’t be able to share it.

Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler
Recipe Type: drink
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
Instructions
  1. Clean mango and cucumber.
  2. Slice cucumber.
  3. Peel and slice mango.
  4. Pour wine over cucumber and mango and let chill for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve with a cucumber slice garnish.
Notes

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

So now I owe my friends, and myself, more of this delicious Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler.

22 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Anna Weedman
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Yes please! :) Sounds refreshing and delicious! I need to try before it’s back to the red wine and cold….

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    • Emily
      Aug 11, 2011 @ 9:23 am

      I will make it again! :)

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  2. Kristin Selander
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Looks great! I had the same scenario happen in my kitchen the last time I made sangria, and let me tell you, I was glad there weren’t any children around that mouth of mine!

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  3. Sarah Jayne
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Ummmmm, you can bring this to my house ANYTIME. I promise to guard it with my life! I do NOT promise to give you back a full container. :)

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  4. Mellissa
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    100% sounds like something I would do. Spill, break, knock over but try to save a glass. Yup. I’ve done it.

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    • Emily
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 9:11 am

      Haha, of course! I was quite the sight. :)

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  5. Becky
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Yum… Sounds like a great summer drink. Thanks for checking out my blog too!

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  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Yum, that’s such a great idea! I know a white wine-loving friend that needs this recipe. :) Tragic about the spill- that would have put me in a horrible mood (oh, and it’s totally something that would happen to me, too)!

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  7. Katie
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    YUMMY! I’ve really taken a liking to white wine this summer as well. It’s been way too hot for red and sometimes my headaches haven’t been too enjoyable the next day. My favorite white is: Evolution. Try it out. It’s delish!

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    • Emily
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 9:11 am

      I LOVE Evolution!!! Probably my favorite too!

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  8. Luv What You Do
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    So sad!!! This recipe looks perfect for summer. I am totally a red girl, but I sway towards white in the summer time. Just got back from Cooper’s Hawk (my favorite wine place), so wine is on my mind…will defintiely try this. Which pinot do you use?

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    • Emily
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 9:15 am

      I didn’t use anything special – just a bottle in the $10-$15 range. (I’m not very picky)

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  9. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    Noooo! That’s the worst. And your pitcher is broken! BOO. This looks like an awesome twist on white wine for the last few weeks of summer.

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  10. Jane Salinger
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    A definite will try!!!!

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  11. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    mmmm this sounds delicious!

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  12. Karla
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    This sounds so refreshing! I bet the cucumber adds a really fresh flavor! I need to try this asap!

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  13. Michelle
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    This sounds amazing! I would like one right now! :)

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  14. Baking Serendipity
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Can I join your friends for the get-together when this wine is made again to share? It sounds fantastic! :)

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  15. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! I have never though of mixing cucumber with white wine but it sounds amazing!

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  16. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    So sad that your wine ended up on the floor! But this looks wonderful – I love teh flavors of mango and cucumber. So refreshing,

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  17. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    This is a fantastic idea, Emily! I love cucumber water and I looove pinot grigio, so there’s no doubt that I’d adore the combination. Thanks so much for sharing! I will definitely be making this before the summer heat leaves. :)

    Such a bummer about the broken pitcher and lost wine! I had a similar experience with a sangria pitcher last summer…and I cried. :-p Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  18. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    I love the cucumber mango combo. That’s such a great idea and one that I wouldn’t have thought of.

    Reply

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