Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wine Spritzers 3 Ways

Everyone loves wine. But sometimes a bottle of wine just doesn't cut it - maybe it's too hot, you have too many people to serve, or you're just in the mood for something a little different. Wine spritzers can be a delicious and easy answer!

A wine spritzer is basically just wine mixed with something bubbly, usually club soda. Bon App├ętit notes that a good rule of thumb is 3 parts wine to 1 part club soda, and I think, in general, that's a good idea.* You want wine but...lighter than wine...but also still wine. 

Ignore my tiny alien thumb.
Here are 3 great wine spritzers to try next time you need wine for a crowd, want to drink a refreshing glass of wine, or just want to try something different!

Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

3 parts Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
1 part club soda
4-5 frozen watermelon cubes
2-3 mint leaves

1. Cut up a watermelon (this knife makes it a lot easier!) into cubes and freeze the cubes for 3-4 hours. These keep forever and are great in so many things!
2. Add wine, club soda, and watermelon cubes to a wine glass.
3. Add mint leaves and gently muddle. 
4. Enjoy!

Fall Apple Spritzer

2 parts white wine, chilled - Riesling works well here 
1 part apple juice
1 part club soda
Apple, sliced very thin

1. Combine wine, apple juice, and club soda. 
2. Garnish with a thin apple slice.
3. Enjoy!

Raspberry Red Wine Spritzer

1 part red wine - whatever you like best!
1 part club soda
Frozen raspberries
Mint leaves

1. Freeze raspberries - they're going to act as boozy ice cubes here!
2. Fill glass about half way with raspberries.
3. Pour wine and club soda over raspberries
4. Garnish with 2-3 mint leaves.
5. Enjoy - and glory in a wine spritzer for all the red wine lovers out there!

Ingredients for Watermelon White Wine Spritzer!
*"Part" just means...part. So if you're making a glass, you want 3/4s of it to be wine, 1/4 to be club soda. If you're making a bucket of spritzer, same rule applies. 

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