Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The white wine spritzer gets a classy, 21st century makeover (recipes)

Say buh-bye to the old throwback drink.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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While many consider the wine spritzer to be a throwback drink (made popular in the '70s and '80s), it seems that lately the spritzer has been making its way back onto the trendy cocktail scene.

The spritzer of days gone by was typically two parts white wine to one part club soda. (Can you say "boring"?) But today's mixologists are giving them modern, grown-up twists by mixing them with top-shelf sparkling wine, Champagne, fresh fruits and exotic liqueurs.

So, the next time you have guests over or throw a cocktail party, mix up some of these nouveau spritzers for refreshing alternatives to the typical liquor-mixer cocktails and throwback white wine spritzers.

All of the recipes listed below use VOGA Italia's Sparkling Pinot Grigio which has aromas of white blossoms and ripe citrus.

Recipes courtesy of VOGA Italia.

Oranginger Spritzer

2 oz. VOGA Italia Sparkling Pinot Grigio
1 oz. club soda
.5 oz. ginger vodka
Juice from half an orange

Combine ginger vodka, club soda, fresh orange juice and stir. Top with VOGA Sparkling and garnish with a ginger candy chew.

Honey, You’re a Peach (pictured)

2.5 oz VOGA Italia Sparkling Pinot Grigio
1 oz. club soda
1 fresh peach, quartered and peeled
1 tsp honey

Muddle or puree honey and one quarter peach. Add VOGA Sparkling and club soda and gently stir. Garnish with a slice of peach and serve immediately.

Strawberry Kiwi Fizz

2.5 oz. VOGA Italia Sparkling Pinot Grigio
1 oz. club soda
.5 oz. Kiwi Liqueur
2-3 Strawberries
1 kiwi, quartered

Muddle strawberries and one quarter kiwi with a small amount of sugar, and spoon into a champagne flute. Top with liqueur, club soda and VOGA Sparkling. Garnish with a strawberry and serve immediately.

For more info on VOGA Italia win, visit: vogaitalia.com

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