Man. This is totally the summer of the white wine spritzer for me. Here’s the simple recipe so you can make your own. Really, I would hardly consider this a recipe. More of an idea. A really good idea.
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Red wine can take a hike. White wine is my favorite wine and perfect for a summer spritzer. It’s perfect for sipping and day drinking, which has come up way more this summer than ever before. I’m not complaining (well my pants are since the waist line is getting a little tighter than I’d like it…) but a spritzer, at least in my head, means you can drink without getting hammered. Because that’s just not a good look for a mom. No judgements on those who do want to get hammered. I just prefer to keep myself not sloppy. I used a delicious Sauvignon Blanc that I was part of my latest Winc shipment. The key for a good spritzer is a good wine. The flavor is not disguised that much so the base needs to be pretty tasty on its own. Note: good wine does not necessarily mean expensive. I kind of despise people who insist on ordering expensive wine because they think it’s better. Some of it is. But sometimes you’re just an a**hole who thinks money makes everything better. This 2016 Outer Sounds Sauv Blanc is from New Zealand and has notes of grapefruit, grass and lemon. YUM! I was pretty bummed because I shot this recipe at 10 am (as I do with most of my cocktail recipes) and didn’t get to finish the glass. THEN I had to share the rest of the bottle with friends. I really wanted to keep the rest for myself…To make a white wine spritzer, you start with some wine.
Add club soda (or sparkling water if you want a little bit less of a fizzy bite!).I like to add a dash of bitters to add another layer of flavor. But honestly, it doesn’t make or break the drink. If you don’t have it, no biggie, but it is fun to experiment with all new bitters flavors that are out now! For this post, I used a slice of lemon to flavor the wine even more. But this can be a really fun and creative cocktail. Just let the wine guide you. On 4th of July, I made a blackberry version where I just muddled a few fresh blackberries then added a sprig of fresh thyme. I had those items, they would enhance the wine, so boom. A creative wine spritzer. This past weekend I just added cucumber slices and it was super refreshing. Or just drink it plain. You do you. Do you enjoy a wine spritzer? I sure do! I would use a white wine that isn’t too oaky for this recipe (which means, ew, no Chardonnay). But it’s all about your personal preference! Drink what you love! And if you want to “dilute” the wine a little more, just use less and add more of the sparkling water. Trust me. It will help you keep up with those young whipper snappers who are drinking all gosh dang day.
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- 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc (Pinot Grigio, Riesling, etc. would also work - I'm not a fan of Chardonnay so I would never dream of using that + the oak would be really overpowering)
- 1 bottle club soda (or sparkling water)
- Dash of bitters
- Slice of lemon
- In a glass, add your wine.
- Top with sparkling water.
- Add a dash of bitters.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon.
- Drink all day. (responsibly)
Images by Jessica Pirro Photography
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