Whether you are in Napa Valley or at home with your new wine collection from Napa Valley, you should shake things up a bit and try a few summer wine spritzers. For those of you who plan to opt for a Napa Valley hotel package, ask about the scenery so you can be sure to make one of your spritzers in the hotel on those days when you just want sit around and enjoy the lush beauty that Napa Valley has to offer from your hotel room.
Choose the Right Wine
When you choose the wine to use in your spritzers, be sure to account for dryness and sweetness. A sweet wine may be too much if your other ingredients are sweet. You may need to adjust ingredients or choose a wine that isn’t too sweet or dry. Don’t worry though, because there are plenty white wine makers in Napa Valley to provide you with something to ease your palate.
Spritzer recipes are pretty easy to come up with, but it helps to have something to start with. Keep in mind that you can always change ingredients to fit your tastes. These just happen to involve some of the most common summer fruits and cooling elements.
Mix 5 oz. of white wine with 3 oz. ginger ale over ice. Use ginger beer instead of ale to reduce the sweetness of the spritzer. Add lime juice to taste by squeezing a lime over the drink until it meets your requirements. Garnish with fresh or candied ginger to taste. Enjoy, and repeat as needed.
Melon and Basil
For a sweet melon spritzer, mix 5 oz. white wine with 3 oz. tonic. Use club soda for a drink that isn’t as sweet. Add cubes of a fresh melon of your choice. Use frozen cubes if possible, but if not, make the drink over ice. Garnish with a sprig of basil.
Fruit Pops for Convenience
If you are staying at a hotel, getting frozen cubes of fruit may not be as easy as it would be at home. Or, maybe you just don’t have time to cube fruit. If that’s the case, make a fruit pop spritzer by using a frozen fruit pop in place of melons or other fruit. Use the recipe above for all the other elements of this cool summer spritzer.
One of the best things about spritzers is that you can easily mix and match to create your own recipes. Also, they are perfect for those times when you just didn’t finish that bottle of wine or need to change up the flavor a bit.