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Here’s the easiest, most refreshing cocktail: a white wine spritzer! Add bubbles to your favorite wine to make the ideal summer drink.

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Here’s Alex and my top trick for summertime entertaining: the white wine spritzer! Yes, there’s nothing easier or more delightful than a bubbly version of your favorite crisp white wine. We discovered wine spritzers in Austria on a trip to visit friends. They’re so easy and you don’t need to plan or prep anything. Grab your favorite bottle of wine, then head to the pool or drink on the patio. Bonus: they’re very low calorie, too!

What is a wine spritzer?

wine spritzer is a drink made with wine and soda water that originated in Austria. Diluting wine with water started back in the 19th century, as a way to make bubbly wine. The name comes from the German word “spritzen,” meaning “to spray.” You can make a wine spritzer with white wine, red wine or rosé wine: it’s typically diluted to about 75% or 50%.

Spritzer vs spritz: what’s the difference? A wine spritzer is similar to a spritz: they both come from the same German word! A spritz is a drink made with sparkling wine, bitters, and soda water: like the famous classic Aperol spritz. Add the “er” and it becomes this refreshing bubbly wine concoction.

White wine spritzer

The white wine to use

You can use any white wine you love for a white wine spritzer: just make sure it’s well chilled before you start! Here we recommend a dry, crisp white wine, but if you enjoy wines on the sweeter side you could use that too. The best white wine varietals for a spritzer are:

  • Dry Reisling
  • Pino grigio
  • Albariño
  • Grüner Veltliner

A note on Grüner Veltliner: it’s an organic wine from Austria and it’s what we used for this recipe. The flavor is simple perfection (in fact, it’s one of our favorite white wines to drink in general). We found it at Whole Foods, so check at your local grocery or liquor store.

How to make a white wine spritzer (basic steps)

The white wine spritzer is summer’s easiest drink. Once you do this once, memorize the formula and make it on repeat! You don’t even need a recipe.

  • Grab a bottle of chilled white wine.
  • Pour a serving of wine into a glass.
  • Pour in additional 25% soda water (eyeball it).
  • Stir gently and enjoy!
White wine spritzer

The spritzer ratio

Another way to think about a wine spritzer is the spritzer ratio. Here are a few notes about how to do it:

  • For white wine and rose wine, the spritzer ratio is 3 parts wine to 1 part soda.
  • For red wine, up the amount of soda water to get it to taste bubbly. Use the ratio of equal parts red wine and soda water.
  • For a “summer spritzer”: A “Summer Spritzer” or Sommer Spritzer is a wine spritzer that’s diluted by 75% with soda water. You can do this with any type of wine, and it makes for a nice brunch drink or low-alcohol cocktail.

How to make a red wine spritzer

The red wine spritzer is bubbly and fruity: a fun variation on the standard! This type of spritzer tastes best with an equal parts ratio. Start with 4 oz red wine and 4 oz soda water (½ cup of each), and add an orange slice to garnish.

Red wine spritzer

Step it up: add fruit or herbs!

You can also step up your spritzer by loading the glass with beautiful fruits or herbs! It makes for a stunning presentation for entertaining, like dinner parties or bridal showers. Here are some ideas:

  • Berries: Slice strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • Fruit: Sliced peaches or green apple
  • Citrus: Thinly sliced lemon, lime, or orange
  • Herbs: Fresh basil, mint, or thyme sprigs
3 wine spritzers

Try all 4 wine spritzers

Because we love wine spritzers so much: we’ve made them all! After you’re done with this white wine spritzer, make sure to try wine cocktails:

Try the same concept with beer! A Shandy is a beer cocktail that mixes beer with citrus soda or ginger ale. Try the refreshing Summer Shandy or Grapefruit Shandy.

When to serve a white wine spritzer

The white wine spritzer is bubbly and refreshing. It works well for summer, but you can drink it anytime (and we do!). It’s great for serving as a:

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s the easiest, most refreshing cocktail: a white wine spritzer! Add bubbles to your favorite wine to make the ideal summer drink.


  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) white wine, chilled*
  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) soda water
  • Lemon peel, for garnish


  1. Pour the wine into a glass, then add the soda water. Gently stir once. Add the garnish and enjoy.


*For a rosé wine spritzer, use the same ratio of ingredients. For a red wine spritzer, use 4 oz red wine and 4 oz soda water (½ cup of each). 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Love spritzers? Then you’ll adore spritzes!

A spritz is a bubbly drink with champagne or Prosecco, liqueur and soda water. There are lots of variations, the most popular being the classic Aperol spritz:

  • Aperol Spritz The classic Aperol spritz is worth the hype.
  • Campari Spritz Bitter and bubbly: a refreshing mixed drink for sipping.
  • Amaro Spritz This bubbly drink has notes of caramel and cola.
  • St Germain Spritz This floral, refreshing drink is easy drinking: perfect for summer!
  • Lillet Spritz Light and breezy, it’s the ideal summer drink!

Another light summer wine drink? Sangria! Try all our sangria recipes, like red, white, and rose.

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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