White Wine Drinks

Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by Bill Allen

White Wine Drinks

White wines are popular both on the table and as ingredients in cocktails and punches. There are dozens of interesting recipes for white wine cocktails available, ranging from popular classics to the very avant garde. In most cases the wine adds a cool, savory note. While you should never shy away from experimenting with cocktail recipes of your own, here are five favorites to get started:

The classic white wine spritzer

Undoubtedly the best known white wine cocktail, the spritzer is a light and summery and somewhat upscale drink. It couldn’t be simpler to make but shouldn’t be dismissed as too easy either. Get it right it’s a refreshing mouthful without too much alcohol- ideal for long evenings out or occasions when you’d rather not wake up with a nasty headache.

white wine spritzer
White Wine Drinks

All you need is a good white (pinot grigio works particularly well), a high quality club soda, and the garnish of your choice. Mix two parts chilled wine with one part club soda, add some shaved ice, garnish and serve straight away. Martha Stewart recommends garnishing with scooped melon balls but you can also use fresh berries or a simple lemon wedge.

Raspberry white sangria

Think sangria and you’d almost certainly reach for a red rather than a white wine, but it is possible to make a white sangria work beautifully as long as you use good fresh fruit. Raspberries are best as they crush easily and release a gorgeous flavor. They also give the finished product a pleasing pink tinge.

Raspberry white sangria
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Sangria is ideal for picnics and parties, so be generous and use a whole bottle of white to start. Add at least a cup of club soda (more if you want less alcoholic sangria) and one quarter of a cup of brandy. Take a punnet of raspberries and remove a handful for garnishing. Crush the rest and add to the pitcher or punch bowl. Some people like to add sugar, particularly if the raspberries are fairly sharp. Start with a quarter of a cup, mix well, and if it doesn’t seem sweet enough, add anything up to another quarter cup.

Hot Springs Cocktail

This one is a little heavier on the alcohol and definitely more of an evening drink. Take an ounce and a half of any white wine, add a half an ounce of pineapple juice, just a splash of maraschino liqueur (half a teaspoon will do fine), and the tiniest hint orange bitters.

Hot Springs Cocktail
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Shake together with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain out the ice and serve. Quite sweet and very fruity! Unlike most white wine cocktails, this one isn’t so cooling and can be drunk all year round. It has a vivid red color, almost like tomato juice.

Captain with a skirt

Another cocktail with a kick! Take a tall glass and add two ounces of spiced rum- the name of this drink comes from ‘Captain Morgan’- and an equal amount of your favorite white wine. Add a few ice cubes and fill the glass with Coke or another cola drink and a lime wedge to finish.

Captain with a skirt
White Wine Drinks

This one makes an interesting variation on a very common combination and is definitely one to try out on friends that always order the same old rum and coke. You never know, it might encourage them to try a few more of your creations.

Scropino

Half cocktail and half dessert, this is real celebration drink- luxurious, spectacular, and very, very yummy. You’ll need a tub of lemon gelato (one generous scoop per glass), one and a half ounces of limoncello per glass, the same amount of a smooth citrus vodka, and a bottle of white. Traditionally a Scropino is made with prosecco but any sparkling white will do.

Scropino
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Take all ingredients except for the wine and blend at high speed in a food processor or margarita blender. Divide between the glasses and top each one up with wine. You can finish with a lemon wedge or with a leaf of mint or let this lovely drink speak for itself. Serve immediately so that the gelato is still icy cold.

And that’s it for our quick list of some yummy white wine cocktails. I you have a recipe you’d like to add, let us know! We’d love to include them.

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