Entertaining/ Vegetarian

Rosé Spritzer

July 1, 2020 by Chef Molly

Rosé spritzers are low in alcohol and calories, and perfect for a summer evening. Just combine rosé wine with sparkling water, and garnish with lime and basil!

glass of rose spritzer with second glass, bottle of rose, and cutting board in background

It’s summer, the weather is warm, and the early evening café tables in Paris are filled with people drinking Aperol Spritzes and chilled glasses of rosé. In fact, a glass of rosé is often served with a glass of ice on the side. (Why those coveted ice cubes are served with wine and not, say, a Diet Coke or a glass of water, I can’t tell you.) Now I’m not above throwing a cube or two of ice in my glass of rosé, but sometimes what I really want is a Rosé Spritzer. 

Spritzers are perfect for afternoon parties or evening affairs that get an early start. Less alcohol means that you can drink one (or two) during the day and not need a nap before dinner. Fewer calories means you can eat more yummy appetizers while you sip. And should your evening event move from spritzers to cocktails to wine, you’ll be glad you started the night off slow with one of these. 

What is a wine spritzer?

A wine spritzer is a low-alcohol cocktail made by combining wine with some kind of sparkling water (tonic water, club soda, etc.). Traditionally, spritzers are made with equal parts wine and sparkling water, though you can adjust them to your liking. Many people prefer 2:1 ratio of wine to sparkling water.

bottle of Perrier, bottle of rosé, lime, basil

How do you make a rosé spritzer?

1. Chill a bottle of dry rosé wine and a bottle of sparkling water a few hours in advance.

2. Prepare the garnish by first slicing a lime into thin circles, and rinsing sprigs of basil, then patting dry.

3. To serve, add a generous handful of ice to a glass, then drop in one lime slice.

4. Now pour in the rosé, filling the glass about halfway.

5. Top it off with sparkling water, then add a sprig of fresh basil on top. 

Ingredient Notes

  • Rosé wine: I like a light, dry rosé, and that is what I’ve used for this recipe. In fact, mine is so light that the cocktail is almost clear in color. However, you can choose whatever style of rosé wine you like to drink. Also, make sure your wine is very well chilled. Otherwise, the ice cubes begin to melt quickly, watering down your drink. 
  • Sparkling water: You can use tonic water or club soda as an alternative to sparkling water. In fact, some people prefer to pair a dry rosé with tonic water in a spritzer, as tonic water is sweeter than sparkling water. For an even sweeter take on this spritzer, you can use a lemon-lime soda like Sprite. 
  • Basil: You can leave this out if you don’t have it, or try replacing with a sprig of fresh thyme. 
  • Lime: Try replacing the lime with lemon or orange slices. 
rose spritzer in two glasses with bottle of rose and cutting board with lime in background

Can I make a pitcher of rosé spritzer?

Yes, and this is an easy way to prepare drinks in advance of friends coming over. However, the sparkling water will lose its effervescence the longer it sits, so I wouldn’t recommend making this more than 15 minutes or so in advance. To make a pitcher drink, combine the bottle of rosé with as much sparkling water as you like (either the same amount, or about half the amount of wine). You can then either add the garnishes of lime slices and basil to the pitcher, or you can garnish each glass with them as you pour out your cocktails.

Don’t add ice, but keep the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Then, as each guest arrives, fill his/her glass with ice, then fill with the rosé spritzer and garnishes. 

Other Cocktails to Enjoy

If you’re looking for other cocktail options for summer entertaining, don’t miss my White Wine Sangria with Strawberries or my Strawberry Mimosa. If blood oranges are in season near you, you might also enjoy my Blood Orange Margarita. Is a harder cocktail more your style? Try my number one favorite and Friday night tradition, the Hanky Panky Cocktail. Finally, to bookmark for a cold night in winter, my easy version of the French warm spiced red wine: Vin Chaud.

picnic table with rose spritzers plus cutting board and bottle of rose
rosé spritzer with wine bottle and lime on cutting board in background

Rosé Spritzer

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Rosé spritzers are low in alcohol and calories, and perfect for a summer evening. Just combine rosé wine with sparkling water, and garnish with lime and basil!

Ingredients

  • One 750ml bottle of dry rosé wine
  • One 500ml-750ml bottle of sparkling water
  • 6 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 lime
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Instructions

    1. Chill the bottles of wine and sparkling water before starting.
    2. Prepare the garnish by slicing the lime into thin circles.
    3. To serve, add a generous handful of ice to a glass, then drop in one lime slice.
    4. Now pour in the rosé, filling the glass about halfway.
    5. Top it off with sparkling water. You can choose how much sparkling water to add—some people prefer a 1:1 ratio of wine to sparkling water, and some prefer a 2:1 ratio of wine to water (and anywhere in between!).
    6. Finally, add a sprig of fresh basil on top, and serve.

Notes

  • I like a light, dry rosé, and that is what I’ve used for this recipe. However, you can choose whatever style of rosé wine you like to drink. Just make sure your wine is very well chilled. Otherwise, the ice cubes begin to melt quickly, watering down your drink.
  • There are many options for the sparkling part of this spritzer. Besides sparkling water, you can also use tonic water or club soda. In fact, some people prefer pairing tonic water with a dry rosé since tonic water is sweeter than sparkling water. For an even sweeter take on this spritzer, you can use a lemon-lime soda like Sprite.
  • If you don't have fresh basil, try replacing with a sprig of fresh thyme.
  • If you don't have a lime, try replacing the lime with lemon or orange slices.
  • To make this drink in advance, combine the bottle of rosé with as much sparkling water as you like (either the same amount, or about half the amount of wine). You can then either add the garnishes of lime slices and basil to the pitcher, or you can garnish each glass with them as you pour out your cocktails. Don’t add ice, but keep the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Since sparkling water will lose its fizz over time, don't make more than 15 minutes or so in advance.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is provided as a general reference for users courtesy of the online nutrition calculator Nutritionix.

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2 Comments

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    Alex
    July 7, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Cheers to this delicious drink – what a lovely cocktail, perfect to enjoy on a warm evening!

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