If you are looking for a fun and refreshing drink to enjoy this spring or summer, look no further than an easy wine spritzer. This drink is perfect for hot days or evenings spent on the patio. Plus, it’s easy to make your own variations by using different types of wine and flavorings. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
What are Wine Spritzers?
A wine spritzer is a refreshing drink made by combining wine with sparkling water or club soda (and sometimes Sprite or Gingerale). The ratio of wine to sparkling water can vary but is typically about two parts wine to one part sparkling water. This makes for a light and refreshing drink that is perfect for summertime sipping. You can use any type of red or white wine to make a spritzer, although lighter wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio are typically used. For a non-alcoholic option, you can substitute sparkling apple cider for the wine.
Wine spritzers have been around for centuries and are thought to have originated in Austria. Today, they are a popular summertime drink in many countries around the world. In addition to being refreshing and easy to make, wine spritzers are also lower in calories than most other alcoholic beverages. If you are looking to cut back on your alcohol intake, or are trying to watch your weight, an easy wine spritzer is a good choice.
How to Make an Easy Wine Spritzer
Making a wine spritzer is very simple. First, just combine equal parts of your favorite wine and sparkling water in a glass filled with ice. Next, you can add a slice of fruit or a sprig of fresh herbs for extra flavor. For a non-alcoholic version, just substitute sparkling apple cider for the wine.
Basic Red Wine Spritzer Recipe
Popular red wine options: Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay
- ½ cup red wine
- ¼ cup sparkling water
- Ice cubes
Directions: Simply combine all ingredients in a glass and enjoy! As well, you can pretty it up with some aesthetic garnishes including fresh herbs and/or edible flowers.
Basic White Wine Spritzer Recipe
Popular white wine options: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
- ½ cup white wine
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Lemon slice (optional)
Simply combine all ingredients in a glass and enjoy. If desired, garnish with a lemon slice, orange slice, fresh mint leaves, or fresh raspberries.
Wine spritzers are a refreshing, light drink that can be enjoyed any time of year. For a more festive twist, you can add a splash of fruit juice or garnish with a slice of citrus fruit. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even add a handful of frozen berries or a sprig of fresh mint to your glass. Whether you’re sipping solo or serving a crowd, wine spritzers are an easy way to enjoy your favorite wine without overindulging.
Spritzers are also the perfect drink for any occasion. With that in mind, you may be wondering what types of snacks or appetizers are appropriate. I suggest opting for something light such as finger sandwiches, crackers and dip, or an adult-style luxury popcorn. So, whether you love wine or not (and even if your preferences lean more towards water), there is a spritzer that will suit everyone!