Summer should be all about: bare feet, lazy days, lake trips, berry picking, fire flies, tan lines (even though you totally wore sunscreen, of course) and back porch lounging while sipping on something refreshing. I love how summer feels both laid back, but still super packed with activities, trips, and family visits. Summer time is tricky like that.
For a laid back night at home, one drink I like to make is a white wine spritzer. If I open a bottle to make risotto for dinner, you can bet I'll be using some of the remaining wine to make a spritzer. It's also a great drink to serve if you're having guests over because everyone can easily make their own. So you don't have to play bartender all night.
Here are three easy variations I like to make. We worked with Mirassou Winery on these and I used three of their delicious white wines. I like that you can easily change up what type of white wine you use (based on which you prefer), and you can just use up leftover fruit or citrus from your refrigerator if you're in a pinch.
First up is probably my favorite—mixing Mirassou Chardonnay and ginger. Here's what you use:
4-5 oz. chilled Mirassou Chardonnay
2-3 oz. chilled ginger beer (or ginger ale if you want it a little sweeter)
juice from half a lime
garnish with fresh or candied ginger
You can serve this over ice in any style glass you prefer or have on hand. If you want a little more sweetness or just a little less wine, you can change up the proportions on any of these to be 1/2 wine and 1/2 whatever mixer we use (in this case, ginger beer). I personally really like the Chardonnay from Mirassou, but another option to make this a bit sweeter would be their Moscato.
Second is a Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc paired with club soda, watermelon and basil. Here's what you need:
4-5 oz. chilled Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc
2-3 oz. chilled club soda (or tonic if you want a little more sweetness)
3-4 frozen melon cubes
1 big sprig of fresh basil
I like to make the frozen melon all at once and then use it throughout the week. Frozen melon cubes are great in water as well for a tasty ice cube alternative. Just FYI.
3-4 oz. chilled wine (I used Mirassou Pinot Grigio for this one. It already has notes of pear and peach in the wine, so it works well here.)
1-2 oz. chilled sparkling water or club soda
1 fresh fruit frozen ice pop (I used peach)
The longer you sit and sip the more the ice pop will melt into your drink. The only real trick with this one is you need to serve it in a glass that will easily fit your ice pop, whether you choose to buy or make your own.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.