Let's just say it. "Wine spritzer" sounds impossibly retro, probably conjuring images of bell-bottom pants and Donna Summer on the radio, but hey — everything old is new again, right? And this low-alcohol refresher is due for a comeback.
This is a "school night drink" as one of my friends would call it, for those evenings when you are looking for a cocktail that is more refreshing than boozy. It's also the perfect outdoor party drink, much like the shandy, light enough to sustain a full day of sipping in the sun.
The simplest wine spritzer is a 50-50 mix of wine and sparkling water, but it doesn't have to be so straightforward. Bitters, citrus juice and liqueurs add depth to more complex preparations. And while white and rosé are the usual choices, red wine is used in the Spanish take on the wine spritzer, the tinto de verano, which uses lemon-lime soda in place of the sparkling water!
Whitney of the wine blog Brunellos Have More Fun recently laid out her simple guidelines for wine spritzers:
- Don't spend more than $15 on the wine,
- Make sure it is fresh, light and unoaked (white or rosé)
- Go with a 1:1 ratio, then it doesn't seem like the wine is too watery or the water too wine-y.
Read more: To Spritz or Not to Spritz at Brunellos Have More Fun
Do you ever drink wine spritzers?
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