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How To Make A Wine Spritzer Without A Recipe

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Yes, an Aperol spritz is great, but properly made wine spritzers deserve their time in the sun, too.

A wine spritzer is defined by its two core ingredients: wine (usually white) and sparkling water. Wine spritzersmost likely originated in 19th century Austria. Their popularity faded, though, and quickly became the laughing stock of bar orders. “Back in the day, white wine spritzers were just so boring, and people always used the worst pinot grigio and then put soda water in it. They just weren’t done right, you know?” said Sarah Pierre, owner of3 Parks Wine Shop in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tiffanie Barriere is a beverage consultant and wine spritzer enthusiast. “I love wine in general. So any way to make it long, which is what a spritz is, is great,” Barriere said. And wine spritzers are naturally low-ABV, making them the perfect summertime beverage.

While an expertly prepared cocktail is great, the beauty of wine spritzers is that they’re low-stress. “They’re not supposed to be these insanely well-crafted cocktails. They can be, but that’s not really the point of it,” Pierre said. “The point is to have a really refreshing drink that has been cut. You want to be able to have it at 2 in the afternoon and not want to go take a nap, you know?” You don’t even need an exact recipe ― most wine spritzers are a 3-to-1 ratio of wine to carbonated beverage (and you can add modifiers, like bitters, as you wish).

Here are three ways to cool off with a legitimately good wine spritzer this summer.

Switch up your sparkling water to something with flavour.

One way that Barriere likes to liven up her wine spritzers is to use a fruity soda........

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