Summer has once again returned into our lives — thank goodness! — it’s time to get reacquainted with certain things that we may have not seen in a while. Sandals, shorts, and swimsuits are the new wardrobe preferences, every meal is grilled, and of course… white wine spritzers are the drink of choice.
For those of you who might be asking what this glorious sounding cocktail is, a white wine spritzer is a combination of sparkling water and you guessed it – white wine. Although this is the simplest and most basic form of this classic drink, the spitz can be jazzed up in many different ways. Cordials and aperitifs, enhance the flavor of certain wines and add depth to drinks. Fresh fruits add a natural sweetness that complements the dryness of wine. Even sparkling wine intensifies the fun effervescence associated with spritzers.
These sparkling cocktails are usually low in alcohol and relatively hydrating, making them a brilliant tipple for day drinking. Whether it’s on the beach, at a pool party, or just an evening of backyard barbecuing, the spritzer is an ideal summer drink, and we have done some serious research on this matter, so you don’t have to. We have rounded up our favorite versions of this drink — including flavor twists like Asian plum, prosecco pomegranate, and even cucumber, lime, and basil — to remind you that the white wine spritzer is back, and it’s time to get on board!
With complex aromas of fresh-cut white flowers and citrus fruits such as lemons and limes, this refreshing treat is perfect for any type of warm weather get together. This spritz will make you think you’re on vacation, as it offers a great mix of cool, relaxing, and delicious.
A twist on the classic spritz, this drink incorporates Lillet, a French aperitif with essences of sweet and bitter orange peel to flavor this magical cocktail. Prosecco, an Italian white wine, adds a subtle effervescence that brings this whole recipe together and makes for a sweet and sour way tp unwind.
Bright and tropical, this white wine spritzer is an ideal cocktail for those sunny summer days. Using prosecco as a base, this recipe also includes a hint of gin, plum wine, and yellow Chartreuse. These spirits add herbal notes along with hints of stone fruits, creating a lightly sweet and aromatic libation.
This mocktail doesn’t call for any booze and is a great non-alcoholic alternative for kids, friends who don’t imbibe, and anyone else who’s simply craving a refreshing beverage to beat the heat. However, if you’re looking to get a little tipsy, just add 6 ounces of your favorite white wine to the recipe for an adult version of this drink.
Looking for a thirst-quenching cocktail to ring in the summer months with? This vibrant spritzer, infused with fresh basil, cucumber, and lime makes for the best refreshment at any backyard barbecue. Garnish each drink with additional basil leaves and thinly sliced cucumbers for a cute touch on the signature drink.
This light, barely sweet, low-proof cocktail not only tastes incredible, it’s also low in calories. Try freezing ice cubes with fresh pomegranate seeds for an unexpected twist that will wow your guests at your next dinner party.
If you consider yourself a wino at heart, you will love this refreshing cocktail. Made with only two ingredients, white wine and sparkling water, this drink couldn’t be easier to put together. Just mix three-quarters of a glass with your favorite white wine and few healthy doses of sparkling water. If you want to add some flair, garnish the drink with some fresh fruit, such as strawberries or thinly cut lemon slices.
This twist on a spritzer is as fun to look at as it is to drink, the use of rosé, grenadine, and strawberries gives the cocktail a bright pink appearance, as well as a delightful taste. If rosé isn’t your thing, though, just substitute it with your favorite white wine for a more traditional take on the drink.
Another fantastic low-calorie option, this dink recipe is ideal for those times when you’re just craving a refreshing, quick cocktail on the fly. Pomegranate juice adds a sweet and tart dimension that pars perfectly with the prosecco.
This spritzer is loaded up with antioxidants from cranberry juice, so you don’t have to feel that guilty drinking one (or two…or three…). Muddled raspberries add a fresh fruitiness that rounds out the whole drink. A non-alcoholic version of the drink is also included in the recipe, which makes a great drink for kids. Whip up these spritzers at your next outing, and for more warm-weather drink inspo, check out these summer cocktails you need to make this year.
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