This refreshing white wine spritzer with berry ice cubes is the epitome of sweet sophistication for all your summer celebrations.
Why you’ll love it: This summer cocktail is light, easy to make, and delicious. Plus, there are so many ways to change it up!
How long it takes: 5 minutes (additional time to freeze the berry ice cubes)
Equipment you’ll need: ice cube tray, freezer
Servings: as many as you like
This just may officially be the cocktail you want to be sipping on all summer long. A white wine spritzer is a classic cocktail that is so easy to make you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been making them for years.
A wine spritzer is one of the most refreshing cocktails you can think of. Pairing it with super simple but delicious berry ice cubes is what has us loving this cocktail so much for summer. Adding fresh fruit ice cubes gives this classic an instant upgrade.
Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, combined with white wine, creates a beautiful red, white, and blue cocktail perfect for your Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day cookouts, parties, and celebrations. Feel free to use any seasonal fruits or combinations that you love!
If you love spritzers, be sure to try my red wine spritzer, raspberry rosé spritzer, or a frosty frosé. For an Italian style summer cocktail, try an Aperol spritz. If you’re looking for a cocktail made with lemonade, you’ll love refreshing vodka lemonade or sparkling pink lemonade.
Why You’ll Love a White Wine Spritzer
- Easy to make: This is pretty much the easiest cocktail you can make! It’s perfect for larger get-togethers.
- A lighter choice: Each cocktail is made with only 3 oz. of wine. The addition of club soda (which is unsweetened) gives the spritzer lots of bubbles and fizz yet keeps it from becoming too sweet or strong.
- Endless ways to vary it: Simply choose different types of wine or another mixer to change the flavor profile of the cocktail. Make the ice cubes with fruit you love or happen to have in the fridge.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- White Wine: Choose a white wine that you enjoy drinking. Keep reading for more about which wine to choose. You’ll need 3 oz. of wine per cocktail. A 750 ml bottle of wine is 25 fluid ounces.
- Club Soda: This unsweetened mixer adds bubbles and fizz but no calories. You may know it as seltzer, carbonated water, or sparkling water.
- Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries: A knockout trio of berries which creates the prettiest ice cubes you’ve ever seen! Feel free to eat the berries once the ice cube melts.
How to make it
You’ll want to make the fruit ice cubes at least four hours in advance so they have enough time to freeze solidly. They can be made up to a month ahead.
Rinse the berries well. Large strawberries should be halved or quartered, or even diced.
Divide the berries evenly in the ice cube trays. Each compartment should be full of berries. Top each cube with water and carefully transfer the tray to your freezer. Freeze until firm.
Remember to put the white wine and club soda in the refrigerator well ahead of time to chill.
When you’re ready to serve the cocktails, arrange two to three ice cubes in each glass. How many cubes actually depends on the size of the cubes and the size of the glasses you’re using, and your personal preference.
Pour 3 ounces of chilled white wine over the cubes. Top with 1 ounce of chilled club soda.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Looking for a snack to nibble on with your wine spritzer? Try olive oil roasted almonds or spiced pecans. Homemade Cheez-Its or seasoned oyster crackers are always a hit, too, in fact, they are pretty irresistible!
Tips For The Best Wine Spritzer
- Choose the right wine. This is a relatively simple recipe and the taste of the wine you use will not be altered much so it’s important to use a wine you enjoy. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive wine but it should have qualities you love. Most commonly you will find white wine spritzers are made with Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. If you prefer a rosé, try my rosé spritzer.
- The wine and the club soda should be well chilled. The best tip is to be sure both your wine and club soda (or alternative) are chilled in advance. Serving this cocktail cold will keep those fresh fruit ice cubes from melting too quickly.
A white wine spritzer is typically enjoyed in a traditional wine glass (as pictured), either stemmed or stemless. However, your white wine spritzer will taste just as delicious in any glass you choose.
Wine spritzers are best enjoyed freshly made so you shouldn’t make the spritzer ahead of time.
You can refrigerate unused wine in the bottle with a wine stopper. It will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. Berry ice cubes will keep for up to a month in the freezer.
A white wine spritzer is a very light cocktail. White wine typically has an alcohol of 7%-14% and averages about 10% ABV and since it’s mixed with club soda, the alcohol content is quite low. However, as always, drink responsibly.
Change It Up
- Try different fruit combinations. Berries are pretty with white wine but other good choices are peaches, blackberries, watermelon, or cantaloupe. Use firm fruit that’s in season and you really can’t go wrong.
- Try different mixers. Club soda (seltzer, sparkling water, carbonated water) keeps your cocktail lower in calories and sugar and balances well with a sweeter wine. Tonic water is sweetened, which adds more calories and sugar, but it balances well with drier wines. You can also add fizz with Sprite, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale but your wine cocktail will have a different flavor profile.
- Kick it up a notch. Use a spiked seltzer as a mixer instead of club soda. Choose flavors that pair well with the wine and fruit you choose.
Make Ahead Ideas & Storage
To save time and money (you won’t have to buy 3 kinds of fruit every time you want to make the spritzer), make more than one tray of fruit ice cubes. Pop the fruit ice cubes out of the trays once they’re frozen and store them in a freezer safe bag.
The fruit cubes will keep in the freezer for up to a month and still maintain freshness.
Berry Ice Cubes (makes 6 cubes)
- 6 strawberries
- 18 blueberries
- 12 raspberries (see note)
- 2 cups water
For Each White Wine Spritzer:
- 3 ounces white wine, chilled
- 1 ounce club soda, chilled (see note)
Berry Ice Cubes:
- Wash berries and halve or quarter the strawberries.
- Add approximately 2 raspberries, 3 blueberries, and ½ strawberry to each ice cube tray cavity (makes 6 cubes, depending on size).
- Top with water and place in freezer, until frozen.
For Each Wine Spritzer:
- Fill a wine glass with frozen berry ice cubes, up to 3 cubes per glass, depending on the size of the cubes and the glass.
- Pour 3 oz. chilled white wine into each glass and top with 1 oz. chilled club soda.
- Make these fun ice cubes with any of your favorite fruits: blackberries, watermelon, peaches, etc.
- Instead of club soda, substitute mineral water, tonic water, seltzer, or even lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Each has unique qualities that will affect the sweetness and flavor of the spritzer.
- Frozen berry cubes can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. To save time, freeze a double or triple batch of the cubes.
- FYI: A 750 ml wine bottle = 25 fluid ounces, so you can get about 8 servings of this recipe out of one bottle of wine.
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