Wine is always a favorite drink, but it’s not the most refreshing drink when summer arrives. Enter, the white wine spritzer: a super cold mix of crisp, fruity white wine, sparkling water and a little fruit for fun. It’s one of the easiest cocktail recipes guaranteed to cool down, keep people hydrated, but keep the party going! If a great summer chef is in the making, add this drink to the menu!
What is the best wine for this recipe?
The secret to making the best white wine spritzer is to use a white wine you already love. Do you like dry, crisp white? Go with a Pinot Grigio or a Vhino Verde, a Portuguese wine that already has a hint of fizz. Do you like a rounder, softer white? Try an uncooked Chardonnay, or even a semi-dry Riesling. Just remember that taste matters. Since the wine is diluted by the sparkling water and not masked with a flavorful mixer, start with your favorite wine and accent it with fresh fruit to match the wine’s fruity notes (often listed on the back label).
Which sparkling water is best for white wine spritzers?
Any regular (unflavored) carbonated water will make a perfectly nice spritzer, but there are minor differences. Club soda is a popular choice for spritzers because it has a very bland taste, unlike fancier sparkling mineral waters (such as San Pellegrino, Perrier, or Topo Chico used in Ree Drummond’s Ranch Water beverage), which have subtle flavor differences based on the sources from which they are bottled. But beware: Club soda has a lot more sodium per serving than this sparkling mineral water (there’s about 80 milligrams of sodium in club soda versus 10 milligrams in mineral water). Don’t panic, it’s certainly not like drinking seawater, but there is a subtle saltiness (which is actually quite nice). All that to say, stay away from fruit-flavored sparkling water or diet drinks—the artificial flavors in them take away the pure, refreshing taste that is the soul of a white wine spritzer.
How do you make fruity ice cubes?
Making pretty, fruit-filled ice cubes to top your spritz is as simple as putting some fresh fruit in ice cube trays, filling them with water and freezing until firm. Use distilled water to make beautiful fruity ice cubes that are beautifully clear.
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For the fruity ice cubes:
For the Spritzer:
very cold white wine
sparkling water or soda water
Lemon slices, for garnish
Sprigs of fresh mint, for garnish
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- To make the fruity ice cubes: Add blackberries and strawberries to the wells of two ice cubes as desired. Add water until each well is three-quarters full. Freeze until firm, about 12 hours.
- To make the spritzers: Divide the fruity ice cubes between two wine glasses. Divide the wine between the glasses and pour in the sparkling water evenly. Garnish each spritzer with lemon and mint, if you like.
Make a DIY Wine Spritzer Bar: Put a variety of white wines and sparkling water in an ice bucket and set out a bowl of sliced fruit for guests to garnish their own spritzes.
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