Blueberry Spritzer is a light, refreshing, summery drink that you could sip on all afternoon. Made with this quick and easy blueberry syrup for drinks, this spritzer is a great warm weather drink.
The other nice thing about a spritz like this is the calorie count. It’s on the lower end, so if you are watching your calories, you aren’t going to use up a third of them on one drink. And just look at that color. The blueberry syrup gives this cocktail the most beautiful color. Who doesn’t like a pretty drink?
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What is a wine spritzer?
Or, more importantly, what’s in a white wine spritzer? Wine, club soda and a citrus peel if you’re feeling fancy. That’s the bare bones recipe.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more pizazz, this blueberry version has the loveliest purple hue and it’s just barely sweet. One of the most important factors in a drink like this is temperature. It has to be cold. I’m talking a few degrees above freezing.
The list of “what can I mix with white wine” is nearly endless. You can make a strawberry cherry spritzer in the middle of summer when they come into season.
You can mix them into this blueberry spritzer if you want to make a really fruity version of this drink. That’s the beauty of simple recipes, you can change it to suit your taste.
Traditionally, spritzers are made with wine. However, I’ve seen quite a few spritzer with vodka recipes popping up over the past few years.
If you aren’t a fan of wine, or you want a lower carb drink, you can certainly swap out the wine for vodka. I couldn’t in good faith give you the green light on this without trying it myself, so I did.
I made this exact drink with plain vodka and with huckleberry vodka. Both were delicious, but obviously they tasted completely different than a wine spritzer.
It depends on personal preference or mood, but rest assured that both are quite good.
Truth time: I’m in my 40’s and I can’t handle strong drinks like I could in my 20’s. To all the twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings reading this, live it up now, because things change before you even know what happened. Can I get an amen from those in my age bracket?
Back to the truth telling – if I have a few glasses of wine, I wake up with a headache. I end up wasting half of the next day because I feel sluggish and foggy. Enter the wine cocktail mixed with soda.
Normally it is three parts wine to one part soda, but you can do half and half if you want to have a few of these and not feel it the next morning. With the addition of the blueberry simple syrup, it gets just a pinch of sweetness and a gorgeous purple color.
Used in this recipe:
- A good sauce pot will serve you well for making this blueberry syrup and so many other uses in your kitchen. Invest in a well made one and you won’t purchase another one for a very long time.
- Small strainers are essential in the kitchen. I use them every single day – catching seeds from lemons for vinaigrettes and sauces to straining out small bits when I don’t need to pull out a big colander.
- Y peelers are great for getting large pieces of zest from citrus fruits. They are also more comfortable for peeling certain vegetables and if you have a bit of arthritis in your hands like I do, sometimes they are just more comfortable period.
- I use these small wooden skewers for everything when I have parties. After losing a dozen pretty party picks, I switched to inexpensive wooden skewers. They are great for appetizers as well as drink garnishes.
Wine spritzer recipe
This recipe comes together really quickly. Especially if you make the blueberry simple syrup ahead of time.
The syrup only takes a few minutes to make, but it needs to cool down before adding it to your cocktail. That’s the advantage to making it beforehand, there is no waiting period.
Remember, this drink is served very cold, so you can’t add warm liquid to it. If you want to garnish your drink with a bit of mint, you can lightly crush a couple of mint leaves in the bottom of the glass before filling with ice and making your drinks.
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Blueberry Simple Syrup
- 3 cups blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon rind only
- 1 bottle white wine, inexpensive, but drinkable, chilled
- 1 bottle club soda, chilled
Make blueberry syrup
- Add all ingredients to a 2 qt pot and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and let the blueberries cook until they are bursting. Remove from heat and cool.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing lightly with a rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible from the berries.
- Discard solids.
- Fill a glass with ice, then add 3 ounces of wine, 1 ounce of club soda and 1 ounce of blueberry syrup. Stir.
- Garnish with blueberries and mint, if desired. Serve immediately.
Reserve leftover blueberry syrup for other uses, like adding to club soda for an afternoon mocktail.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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