White Wine Spritzer

*You can choose lemon or an orange peel.

*You can choose lemon or an orange peel.

We’re not here to make fun of anyone sticking to the good old, “new year new me” mantra that comes with so many resolutions that usually stop abruptly around March or even February. If that’s what you’re going for in 2019 then we salute you! After all the holiday drinking of heavy eggnogs and what not, you might need a proper detox. Still, there’s certainly no need to go cold turkey. A White Wine Spritzer is just one of the many ways you can keep it light in January, day drink happily, and still make it to the gym.

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Spritzers are the perfect drink for the summertime, and yes we are aware it’s a little too cold outside for summer drinks but wine warms you up, and it’s the best way to day-drink your way to the gym the next morning. As for the ingredients, it couldn’t be more simple, go with your favorite club soda and the rest is up to your vibe or sentiment towards white wines.

You can use whatever white wine you’re feeling but (and this is a tad obvious but) just make sure it’s a still white wine. The experts over at VinePair agree, pick a wine you actually enjoy.

If you’re pacing up and down the aisle and just want to make an educated decision we recommend Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Pino Grigio.

Now the real question, do you go for top-shelf wine? Well, no. Try to go for middle shelf, club soda won’t mask the taste of bad wine. If you are making batches of it though, boxed wine never hurt anybody and it will save you some dough.

A Brief History:

So, we already taught you all about the history of wine itself, but who was the knucklehead who thought it needed club soda? You’d think that this would be one of those muddled drink history lessons, but you’d be wrong.

Like many other cocktails (yes, it is a cocktail) it has many stories of origin. Let’s begin with the word “Spritzer”... It’s a word from the German language influence in Austria. It is technically the shortened version of the word “Gespritzter” (pronounced G'spritzter). The definition of this noun is derived from the past participle of the word “spritzen” which awkwardly translates to “squirt”. Point is, it’s got German/Austrian roots.

The most likely story takes place in nineteenth-century Austria. The only real difference between their recipe and the one known today was simply the fact they didn’t add ice. However, it was crucial that both the wine and soda water were cold as ice. The Venetians wanted their own sparkling wine to follow the invention of Champagne and Prosecco, this was their best bet and attempt at it.

A more fun version that offers a folklore origin claims the drink actually comes from the country of Hungary. Dating back to 1842 a Hungarian author named András Fáy, was planning an evening soiree for his friends to show off his new wine cellar. One such friend was a scientist named Ányos Jedlik, he showed up to the party with a bottle of soda water which had been a recent invention and thus all the rage. It didn’t take too long for the party to combine the wines and the soda water, they realized by diluting the wine you could drink more of it. The spritzer may have been born there but it certainly was not named on the same occasion, after all these men were proud Hungarians. They called it fröccs, which is Hungarian for a spritzer, the word is still used and translated the same way today.

In the U.S. the culture of the wine spritzers saw a rise in popularity during the 1980s thanks to a giant TV show called, “Dallas.” The rich and famous of the Texas city were often seen drinking these by the numbers on the 14 seasons running hit. As you know, in America, if the rich and famous do it- the rest tend to follow suit. Ah, trends...

It’s not a terribly old practice but the concept of it is somewhat genius, it helps you drink more wine and that’s something we are very grateful for today.

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Random Fact:

The one thing we can congratulate the Austrians for is inventing the infamous Aperol Spritz, which traditionally is not a wine spritzer considering the addition of the liqueur.

Many historians point out that the drink was invented during the invasion of Austria in the city of Venice, Italy.

We do hope 2019 has been a wonderful year for you so far. We’re off to a great start and have so much more in store for you. Let us know if you try our recipe and which wine you used!

Thanks for reading, and as always…

Cheers from,

Happy Hour City