Here is a little secret - I'm not a great drinker. I can drink my fair share, but I can't drink a lot. I love wine, beer, and cocktails and sharing them with friends, but I can never seem to keep up. Luckily as I've gotten older I've learned ways to control myself and have a great time without turning into a mess. In fact, if all goes well, I'm enjoying one as you read this! Assuming of course you're reading this at about 2:30 on Friday! This spring Jackie turned me on to wine spritzers or as we sometimes call it, ghetto sangria. It feels a little silly and unsophisticated to order in a bar, but this is a drink for day drinking when you want to stay hydrated & keep your wits about you. As much as I appreciate a great glass of wine, I also adore something icy cold and fresh on a hot summer day.
To make a wine spritzer at home start with a pint glass and fill half with ice. It's hot outside, you want a lot of ice to keep you cool. Then cover the ice with about 5 ounces of your favorite white wine. I'm a cheap pinot grigio type of lady, but you can use whatever you want. My mom prefers a reisling or moscoto. Then take a quarter of an orange and cut off a slice for garnish. Put the garnish on the glass and squeeze the rest of the quarter into the wine. Top with sparkling water. If you want it to be sweeter, you could also use a lemon-lime soda instead of seltzer. You could also use a lemon or a lime instead of an orange, totally personalize-able!
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White Wine Spritzers Yield - 1 drink
5-6 ice cubes 5 ounces of your favorite white wine 5 ounces seltzer or lemon-lime soda 1/4 orange
- Add ice to a pint glass about half way up. Add wine to cover the ice, about 5 ounces.
- Add the seltzer to the top.
- Cut a slice out of the quarter of the orange and add to the glass as garnish.
- Squeeze the rest of the orange quarter into the spritzer, stir, and enjoy immediately!