The wine spritzer, seemingly cast aside as “less than” for many years has made a comeback. An amusing excerpt from a July 2014 post on VinePair illustrates:
Contrary to popular belief, the wine spritzer was not invented for the sole purpose of being slurped down by extras on the show Dallas, the guests at your grandmother’s weekly mahjong game and ladies who lunch everywhere. In fact, the spritzer is in vogue once again, currently making a comeback on hipster rooftops, garden parties across the nation and even Shark Tank, where a new product, Bon Affair, was recently funded. And there’s good reason, when done well, the wine spritzer is one of the most perfect libations for a hot summer’s day of outdoor sipping.
Well this is a relief; at Snob Free Wine Tasting, we’re very concerned that what you drink be “in vogue”. Au contraire. If you like how it tastes, we say, “drink it”! And hot summer days – especially July Fourth barbecues – seem to beckon this cold bubbly drink.
The Classic Spritzer:
Serve on top of ice in a wine glass:
¼ Part Chilled Club Soda or Sparkling Water
¾ Part Chilled White Wine (aromatic white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Gewürztraminer)
Slice of Lemon, Lime or Orange
And don’t hesitate to switch it up with red wine. Chilled red is often combined with flavored seltzer, Ginger Ale or Sprite. Now to get a tad more exotic with not much effort, check out these eight spritzer recipes at AllWomensTalk. These include yummy sounding combinations with cranberry juice, strawberries, peaches, honey and such.
Summer has only just begun. Experiment and discover the combo you most enjoy. Happy Fourth!