Recipe: Tropical White Wine Spritzer


Good Evening:

OK, I get it–a hot day in San Francisco is not really a hot day by normal American standards, and most people would relish the chance to “suffer” in pleasant 73 degree temperatures. But I had to run a ton of errands today, and when all was said and done and said and done and said and done, I needed to cool off.

During the course of my shopping, I had loaded up on 100% juice blends, seltzer water, and a bottle of white wine. I have enjoyed delicious success with “instant fruit sodas” before (a subject worthy of its own post), and could not help but wonder what would happen if I took a 12-ounce glass and filled it with, in chronological order:

  1. 3 oz. seltzer water, followed by
  2. 4 oz. mango peach nectar, followed by
  3. 4 oz. white wine (Pine Ridge 2012 Chenin Blanc/Viognier), followed by
  4. 1 oz. additional seltzer water

Optional final step: take said beverage outside onto fire escape, feel the incoming 7:00 p.m. ocean breeze, and watch the world pass by.

Quietly, calmly, blissfully, sensationally, relaxing. What a way to finish the day.

Vonn Scott Bair

Notes: Just about any tropical fruit juice blend should work, as long as it’s 100% juice, meaning no water, sugar, or other ingredients added. The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier is one of the most enjoyable wines from California, and you might find it at Trader Joe’s; if not, any Chenin Blanc or Viognier or Sauvignon Blanc should do.


12 responses »

  1. Sounds fabulous! We had some kind of fresca merlot concoction at the twins’ fourth birthday party yesterday (a requirement apparently for mothers tending many children in close quarters). It was pretty good, too.

    • cynthiamc1: That *does* sound pretty refreshing. I would guess that millions of recipes for wine/juice/seltzer blends exist. The best in the world? Like a camera, it’s the one you have in your hand when you need to have one in your hand. Vonn Scott Bair

  2. If we ever get temperatures of 73 degrees I shall definitely give this a go, even though I’m not normally a white wine drinker (except for the fizzy stuff) 🙂
    Jude xx

    • Heyjude: You will find temperatures quite familiar to you in our Outer Sunset neighborhood along the western edge of San Francisco. In the meantime, I recommend a nice mug of hot chocolate! Vonn Scott Bair

      • You’ll not be wrong there! Although it is a little warmer today, still not hot enough for me to break open the bottle of Pimms 😉

      • Heyjude: Yes, indeed. As tastes have changed over the centuries, some of the recipes have fallen to zero popularity, hence the company discontinued them. Vonn Scott Bair

      • Finally opened the Pimms this afternoon to watch Wimbledon with – sun shining, and wonderful tennis with our man winning at last!! Great day, and the Pimms wasn’t bad either…

      • Heyjude: I remember a Monty Python’s Flying Circus story about extraterrestrial blancmange who turned the world’s entire population into Scotsmen so the aliens could win at Wimbledon–because everyone knows that Scotsmen can’t play tennis. Methinks the sketch has gotten a tad obsolete. Vonn Scott Bair

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