White wine spritzers are, for a lack of a better term, retro.
Super popular in the 1970s, they sort of fell out of vogue around the same time people realized that white Zinfandel was an aberration against all of human kind. But spritzers are starting to come back– back with other “retro” drinks like sangria and anything containing gin or bourbon.
I am not so secretly hoping for a giant tiki cocktail resurgence. ¡Viva the Singapore Sling!
Spritzers are an essential summer drink. Because they’re sippable, cold, fruity– and the alcohol is cut in half by the fact that 50% of your cocktail is club soda.
I remember my mom telling me when I was off to college that there were two drinks that are easy to drink but wouldn’t get me so drunk at a bar that I’d lose my bearings: white Russians and white wine spritzers. Invaluable advice.
So, here are your ingredients for the above cocktail:
Fruity/acidic white wine. I wouldn’t use a Chardonnay or a Viognier for a spritzer; the buttery-ness of their oaked flavors would be strange cut with club soda. I ended up using a Domino Wines Pinot Grigio, which you should be able to find for about $6 a bottle.
- In a glass, carefully muddle a handful of raspberries.
- Add about 2 ounces (2 shots) of white wine
- Top with club soda, about 2 ounces.
- Swirl gently to mix, add whole berries to garnish.
This entire drink gets more delicious the longer it sits. This would also make an excellent party punch, as you can combine a whole bottle of wine, a whole bottle of club soda, and a pint of mushed up berries in a pitcher and stir– a pourable, perfect cocktail, especially for Fourth of July!
Since this is a casual cocktail, you can even add ice cubes if you really have to cool down during the weekend. (This is a hint to all of you East coasters who are battling 100* temps right now!)
What are your favorite hot-weather cocktails?