Everyone knows what a wine spritzer is, and frankly, they’ve gotten kind of staid. Still, they’re popular for a reason, and I would guess that it has to do with the fact that they’re quick to make and don’t pack a heavy punch, booze-wise. But maybe you’re looking for something with just a bit more to it?
This cocktail was an attempt to capture the spirit of a wine spritzer, but add a little something different to make it more interesting. With that in mind, it needed to be very quick and easy to prepare, couldn’t be too strong, and would be something that you could sip on for a while, just like a glass of wine.
2 oz pinot grigio
¾ oz St. Germain
3 dashes lime bitters
Add the wine, elderflower liqueur, and bitters to a large wine glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with mint leaves.
As I said, this drink is all about simplicity. Few ingredients, no special tools or elaborate process, mixed right in the serving glass.
As a drier white wine, a pinot grigio is the perfect complement for the sweetness of St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur. Adding a few dashes of lime bitters gives the whole cocktail some pop in the mouth and a bit more depth for your palate.
Next time you’re at a party and everyone’s having beers and wine, take a quick detour by the liquor cabinet, grab that fancy bottle of St. Germain, and whip up a couple of these.
The wine lovers will thank you.