Stone Fruit White Wine Spritzer is an easy summer cocktail made with just white wine and tonic water, and dressed up with sliced peaches and rainier cherries! It’s light and refreshing, making it the perfect drink for all your summer gatherings!
I’m declaring this white wine spritzer the drink of summer!
Okay, it’s the drink of my summer but I feel like this easy spritzer should be the drink of everyone’s summer. It’s so easy, I hesitated to share this as a recipe. But it’s a great cocktail, and I think that’s totally worth sharing!
I first shared this one on Instagram a few weeks ago when I mixed it up to celebrate my birthday. I had an over abundance of peaches and rainier cherries, and thought it would be fun to add them to a cocktail. They both have a similar yellow colour with a tinge of red, and look lovely when paired with an elegant glass of wine.
What is a White Wine Spritzer?
A white wine spritzer is probably the easiest cocktail you will ever make! It’s simply three parts white wine and one part sparkling water or club soda, and it’s garnished with a slice of lemon or lime, or citrus peel of some kind. While I’ve kept the basic elements of a classic wine spritzer, I’ve changed up a few of the ingredients in this stone fruit version.
What type of wine should you use for a white wine spritzer?
I like to use a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc, which are both light, dry and not overly sweet. You can go with a chardonnay but I find them a bit heavy and rich. And if you like your cocktails sweeter, you can always go with a riesling or a moscato.
What type of sparkling beverage is best for a white wine spritzer?
Typically, white wine is paired with club soda or sparkling water to create a white wine spritzer. If you have soda on hand, such as 7-up, sprite or ginger ale, they work too but will create a much sweeter wine spritzer.
When making this easy white wine spritzer, I went for the middle ground and added tonic water, which is similar to club soda in that it’s carbonated water with minerals. However, tonic water is sweetened and has a slightly bitter taste, giving it a unique flavour. I used Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water (not sponsored, just like it), so this stone fruit spritzer has a slightly sweeter flavour than one made with club soda.
To change things up, you can also use kombucha as your sparkling beverage of choice. Kombucha is a naturally effervescent fermented tea, so it will add spritz to your wine spritzer, as well as added flavour and sweetness.
Some tips for making this stone fruit white wine spritzer:
- This definitely goes against how I usually drink white wine, but for a spritzer, use lots of ice! And to keep it refreshing, make sure your wine and tonic water are cold too.
- If you don’t have peaches, nectarines will work. And if you can’t get your hands on rainier cherries (the season is very short), sweet cherries are a perfect substitute.
- Speaking of cherries, sometimes I pit and slice my cherries before adding them to the spritzer, and other times I add them whole. It’s entirely up to you. Once cut, cherries tend to darken a bit, so if you are preparing the fruit for these cocktails in advance, wait to cut the cherries or serve them whole.
- You can prepare these spritzers in single servings, or mix a large batch in a pitcher. Just use the ratio of three parts wine and one part tonic water. When I made these spritzers in a pitcher, I added the fruit to the pitcher along with the wine and tonic water. However, I recommend leaving the fruit out of the pitcher and just adding it to the glasses. The cherries sink to the bottom of the pitcher while the peaches float, which makes it difficult for any cherries to be poured out into glasses!
- Leftover spritzer will go flat, so if you don’t think you (and your guests) will get through an entire pitcher, it’s best to make single servings of this white wine spritzer.
If you make this Stone Fruit White Wine Spritzer, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
And if you’re looking for more refreshing beverages to enjoy this summer, here are a few others you might want to try:
- Frozen Gin and Tonics by Leslie at Stress Baking
Stone Fruit White Wine Spritzer
Stone Fruit White Wine Spritzer is an easy summer cocktail made with just white wine and tonic water, and dressed up with sliced peaches and rainier cherries!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Stir
- Cuisine: American
- Ice cubes
- 1 large peach, skin on, sliced
- 10 rainier cherries, whole or pitted and sliced
- 6 ounces white wine (pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)
- 2 ounces tonic water
- In two wine glasses, add the ice cubes, peaches and cherries. Pour equal amounts of the wine into each glass and top off with tonic water. Stir and enjoy!
- For the most refreshing cocktail, use lots of ice and make sure your wine and tonic water are cold.
- I used Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water, but you can substitute another brand of tonic water, or use club soda, sparkling water or soda. You can also use kombucha for added flavour and sweetness.
- If you like your spritzers sweeter, you can use a riesling or moscato wine.
- If you don’t have peaches, nectarines will work. And if you can’t find rainier cherries, sweet cherries are a perfect substitute.
- Once cut, cherries tend to darken a bit, so if you are preparing the fruit for these cocktails in advance, wait to cut the cherries or use them whole.
- You can prepare these spritzers in single servings, or mix a large batch in a pitcher. Just use the ratio of three parts wine and one part tonic water.
- Leftovers will go flat, so if you don’t think you will get through an entire pitcher, it’s best to make single servings.
Keywords: white wine spritzer with fruit