Rosé Wine Spritzer

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Say “yes way, rosé” to this delightful rosé wine spritzer. This pretty-in-pink cocktail takes the already refreshing qualities of rosé and amplifies them with a splash of fizzy water. It’s the best drink for brunch, picnics and pool days — or anytime you want to add a touch of elegance.

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About this Rosé Wine Spritzer recipe

I have a confession: For a cocktail blogger, I don’t always want a cocktail. Wine is a good lighter choice on those nights, but if I want something even lighter, then I’ll go for a wine spritzer. (Which is technically a cocktail! So I guess I do want a cocktail after all…)

A rosé wine spritzer cocktail made with sweet rosé and sparkling water, served over ice, is just the ticket. It’s fizzy, fun and a fantastic drink for nights when you don’t want a heavy drink.

If you’ve never tried this twist on a glass of wine, you’ll love how effervescent, easy and elegant the wine spritzer can be. It’s versatile too — I’ll show you how to make it with white wine or red wine too.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

You’ll love this recipe, for a few reasons:

  • Spritzers are bubbly, light and refreshing, the ultimate summertime drink.
  • They have a lower alcohol content. Spritzers dilute the wine, resulting in a drink with less alcohol.
  • Versatile yet simple, you can personalize your spritzer with different types of wine or soda, or try an adjusted wine-to-bubbles ratio.
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What is a wine spritzer?

Wine spritzers are light and refreshing drinks made by mixing wine with bubbly soda water. They can be made with red, white or rosé wine. They are similar to the beer shandy, which is made by combining beer and sparkling lemonade.

Wine spritzers are enjoyed around the world, but they hail from Germany. The word spritzer is German, but most Germans refer to them as Schorle.

Spritzers dilute the wine, resulting in a drink with less alcohol. They are a great way to enjoy the flavors of wine while consuming less alcohol overall and a good choice for day drinking or extended social occasions.

The spritzer is different from the Italian spritz family of cocktails, like the Aperol Spritz and Campari Spritz. Those feature apéritifs with a bitter flavor, and the bubbles often come from prosecco. While they can be made with fortified wines, like the Lillet Spritz, the bitter flavor of spritzes makes them very different from wine spritzers.

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Tools & glassware

You don’t need much to make a spritzer! A good wine opener is crucial if you have a bottle with a cork. If not — screw tops for the win!

You’ll also want to use a wine glass for your spritzer. You can use a classic stemmed one or go stemless. It’s up to you! An old-fashioned glass works too.

Another thing that’s helpful is a vegetable peeler — they’re great for getting those lemon twist garnishes.

Garnishes

I garnished my rosé spritzer with a piece of lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary, but you don’t have to do it just like me!

Any fresh herb, such as a sprig of mint, basil, thyme would be lovely here. You could also use an orange peel or lime peel or have fun with dehydrated citrus. Honestly you can use any kind of fresh fruit. Think lemon slices, a fresh strawberry or blackberry or a few peach slices.

Some edible flowers would also be pretty — try them in ice cube form! Ice is a great way to level up a cocktail. You could have fun with berry ice cubes or herb ice cubes here too.

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Best rosé wine for spritzers

Light and bright, rosé wine is the star of this show. For help choosing one, check out this guide to rosé wine.

Rosé can be sweet or dry, and you may go whichever direction you like! That’s the beauty of a wine spritzer. Personally, I prefer a more dry rosé, but you can use either. I wouldn’t use the most expensive rosé — this is a great cocktail to try if there is a rosé you don’t love.

Be sure to chill your rosé for at least two hours before you stir it it into any cocktail.

Substitutions & variations

Mix things up with one of these variations:

Other types of wine: You can make spritzers with other kinds of wine, sure! Try a white wine spritzer for something similar, or a red wine spritzer a more robust body.

Sweetness: If you like a sweeter drink, go for a sweeter wine. Rosé is generally pretty sweet, but if it’s not sweet enough for you, add some plain simple syrup. You could also use lemon-lime or ginger ale soda for the bubbles.

Other flavors: Use a flavored sparkling water. Citrus flavors would go well with rosé. You could also use a flavored simple syrup (start with ¼ ounce) or add a couple drops of bitters over top to add more layers of flavor.

More alcohol: If you like, add a splash of vodka or gin for more booziness. For more booziness and flavor, add some orange liqueur, Chambord raspberry liqueur or St-Germain elderflower liqueur.

Two round glasses filled with a pink drink garnished with rosemary sprigs and lemon slices, placed on hexagonal coasters. Lemons and a bottle opener are visible in the background.

Instructions

Spritzers are oh-so-simple. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

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First, add ice to the glass. Wine isn’t usually served on the rocks, but spritzers are an exception to that rule! It’s not pure wine, after all. Then fill the glass halfway with rosé wine. Over top, pour on the bubbles.

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A hand is placing a sprig of rosemary into a round glass filled with an iced orange beverage and a lemon twist, against a white background.

If you’re adding a garnish, add it on top. Give any citrus or their peels a little twist as you drop it into the glass to release the essential oils into the drink.

Best ratio

The beauty of a wine spritzer is you can make it anyway you like. Adjust the ratio to your preferences. You can always add a splash of one or the other if it’s not quite right the first time.

  • 3:1 ratio: This will be more wine and less bubbles, so it will be a stronger version. (6 ounces wine, 2 ounces club soda)
  • 1:1 ratio: Go 50/50 if you prefer a lighter drink. (4 ounces wine, 4 ounces club soda)
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Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • Opt for crisp, fruity wines that are enjoyable on their own. These will make the best spritzers.
  • Chill your ingredients. Ice-cold wine and sparkling water make for the most refreshing drinks.
  • Adjust the ratio. Start with 3:1 of wine to soda water, or go with a 50/50 mix for a lighter drink.
  • Try different sparkling waters or even flavored seltzers to create unique flavor combinations and find your perfect spritzer.
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Food pairings

The rosé spritzer is the ultimate pink drink for summer. Serve it at baby showers, bachelorette parties, engagement parties or wedding showers. It’s also great for brunch or picnics.

Serve it with summery appetizers like a savory Tuscan white bean dip or something fruity like a figgy baked brie or chips and peach salsa. For dinner, a white wine spritzer would be great with a roasted chicken or some penne rosa.

Rosé is great with charcuterie and seafood, too. Try a cheese board or some popcorn shrimp.

FAQ

What is the best rosé for a spritzer?

Rosé, whether sweet or dry, makes an excellent spritzer base. Choose according to your preference — both styles work well. For best results, chill your rosé thoroughly before mixing your cocktail. The spritzer’s adaptability lets you create your perfect summer drink.

What is the difference between a wine spritzer and a wine cooler?

Wine spritzers are a combination of wine and sparkling water, whereas wine coolers are made with wine and fruit juice.

What is the difference between a spritz and a spritzer?

The spritzer is different from the three-ingredient Italian spritz family of cocktails, like the Aperol Spritz and Campari Spritz. Those feature apéritifs with a bitter flavor, and the bubbles often come from prosecco. While they can be made with fortified wines, like the Lillet Spritz, the bitter flavor of spritzes makes them very different from wine spritzers. Wine spritzers are made by combining wine and sparkling water.

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Rosé Wine Spritzer

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Light and bright, the Rosé Spritzer is an easy, low-alcohol sipper to enjoy in the summertime.
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ingredients

  • 6 ounces rosé wine
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 piece lemon peel for garnish
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or other fresh herbs, for garnish

instructions

  • Add ice to a wine glass.
  • Then fill the glass halfway with rosé wine. Over top, pour on the sparkling water.
  • If you’re adding a garnish, add it on top. Give any citrus or their peels a little twist as you drop it into the glass to release the essential oils into the drink.

notes

For a sweeter cocktail, use ginger beer or lemon-lime soda instead of club soda. 
Always chill wine before serving it. Chill the sparkling water too for the best bubbles.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 drink

amount per serving:

Serving: 8ounces Calories: 139kcal Carbohydrates: 9g Protein: 0.1g Sodium: 12mg Potassium: 1mg Calcium: 3mg Iron: 0.01mg
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