|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 9g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 19mg||97%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The white wine spritzer is a classic drink and one of the easiest cocktails you can mix together. It requires just two ingredients and is a fantastic way to dress up and add sparkle to any white wine.
The key to a great spritzer is to make sure your wine and sparkling water are as cold as possible. This creates a refreshing cocktail that really opens up the aromatics of the wine. It can also make an otherwise not-so-impressive wine enjoyable.
The true beauty of the spritzer is that it will work with any white wine varietal you have on hand. Though riesling, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc are used most often, you'll also find that a chardonnay or gewürtztraminer is nice as well. While you can vary the ratio to fit your taste and a particular wine, it's often best to begin with a 3:1 pour of 1 part soda or water for every 3 parts of wine.
The white wine spritzer is an uncomplicated drink, but it's also a nice foundation for a few enhancements. With the right garnish or some fruity ice, it can be just as impressive as any other cocktail.
"There are few mixed adult beverages that are more refreshing than this drink. This recipe (and its variations) will be an endless source of satisfaction. Be mindful of the wine that you choose. Pick a varietal that’s less dry with fuller fruit." —Sean Johnson
3 ounces chilled white wine
1 ounce cold club soda, or mineral water
Lime wedge, or orange peel, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Fill a white wine glass or highball glass with ice.
Pour in the wine.
Top with club soda or mineral water.
Garnish with a lime wedge or orange peel. Serve and enjoy.
- If your preference is dry wine, tonic water can bring balance to a wine that is simply too sweet to drink.
- Club soda, seltzer, or soda are great choices for the spritz. There are many flavored seltzers on the market these days to choose from. Q Drinks and Fever-Tree are designed to be mixed into drinks, whereas ginger ale or a lemon-lime soda would sweeten up a wine, too.
- Hard seltzers are popular alternatives to club soda; the light flavoring common in seltzers can be a nice complement to a variety of wines.
Change the flavor of your spritzer with ice. Here are some suggestions for add-ins and other ways to enjoy your wine spritzer.
- Freeze herbs or edible flowers in your ice cube trays. Borage's delicate blue flowers look fantastic and add a hint of cucumber to the drink. Rosemary, lavender, and mint are delightful as well.
- Frozen berries (or small berries frozen in water) are tasty additions. Freezing grapes offers a quick way to chill any wine spritzer with no dilution. Melon balls are also a fun option.
- Stick a frozen fruit pop in your spritzer in the summer. The longer it takes to drink it, the more fruit will infuse into the drink. Use a glass wide enough to fit the ice pop and place it top-side down; the stick also lets you stir it. Berry, peach, and mango ice pops add a nice splash of flavor. For a boozy kick, you may even think about creating poptails for your spritzers.
How Strong Is the White Wine Spritzer?
The white wine spritzer is a very mild mixed drink. The only alcohol in it is wine, which tends to range from 8 to 14 percent ABV.
For example, when a 10 percent ABV wine is watered down in the spritzer, the drink will have an alcohol content around 6 percent ABV. It really is one of the gentlest drinks you can mix up.