Have you ever opened a bottle of wine and, well, it just wasn’t a good one? My scenario recently was I had a couple bottles of white wine (literally labeled ‘white wine’) that had come in gift baskets from the holidays.
They were really nice gift baskets, one was sent from the company that processes our payroll, and the red wine that it came with was quite good.
The white wine, on the other hand … it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t my favorite. I really hate to be wasteful though. So this recipe is very much inspired by trying to save a mediocre wine I had opened. Have you ever found yourself in a similar dilemma?
My first thought was sangria, as that’s a great way to use wine and even mediocre wine can be totally transformed. But I was sort of looking for something that I could just make one or two servings of and use the wine over the course of week or so.
But then I remembered white wine spritzers—which is a favorite summer drink of mine. Even though it’s not quite summer yet, I decided to mix up a spritzer anyway.
This turned out to be the perfect option for saving my mediocre white wine. And, major bonus points, that it’s likely all the ingredients you need you probably already have.
I love a complicated cocktail as much as the next gal but sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients and you’re looking for something to sip on while you watch the rest of the cult documentary you started with your husband that week on Netflix.
No? Just me.
You can chop up an apple to this, making it almost a sangria spritzer in a way. But this is just optional. I decided to try my hand at making some apple roses to go in the drink I was photographing for you all, but you can keep it simple if you don’t feel like getting crafty with your food. 🙂
In case you do want to make an apple rose, here’s what I did (truly, I am no expert though). Core the apple, then use a mandolin to slice super thin.
Lay 6-8 pieces along together and roll up. Secure with a toothpick and snip off the ends if you don’t want to see the toothpick.
To me, this is a lot like being served a cocktail with a cherry on a toothpick in it (or an olive), but if you make this for someone just make sure they are aware there is a toothpick in there just in case they don’t see it.
Happy cocktail mixing! xo. Emma
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- 2 parts white wine
- 1 part apple juice
- big splash of club soda
- Pour the chilled wine and apple juice into a glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a few apple slices if you like.
Love the sliced apple in the wine spritzer. Happy Autumn!
That looks beautiful! And sounds delicious of course
This is my new favorite drink! Very light, it’s the perfect summer drink!
That looks awesome, when I’ve worked as writer, my colleague Ann do the same thing, and we was really surprised. Maybe she found this recipe at your blog 🙂
Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe.
I used to drink these all the time when I was single and bar hopping. In the bars they used 7 up as the spritz. I like your ideas though. I will use them, in different ways though. Thanks for the idea!!!
Oh my goodness, this looks so good! Love the colours and the photography is beautiful! #goals
Will be giving it a try, now that spring has finally decided to arrive 🙂
This looks like summer!
This is a brilliant idea! This way I don’t have to drink mediocre white wine anymore!
This looks delicious
Looks so yummy!!!
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Eeeeeek! Austin and I were just talking about watching this! I heard it’s must-see tv.
It’s good! Trey and I are thinking about dressing like the cult for Halloween this year… but Idk. It’s still so far away.
It looks so beautiful! I love when I can taste with my eyes too. Saving this idea for future events.
Are you referencing Wild Wild Country? 🙂 My husband and I have been watching all week. Isn’t it fascinating?!
Yes! I think we watch it all in one week-ha. We loved it, super fascinating.
How photogenic! I thought the apple was carved into a flower at first glance… turns out it’s just an illusion, hah! But it’s so simple and beautiful! 😀
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