Homemade Berry Wine Cooler

This homemade berry wine cooler is really easy to make and perfect for summer barbecues. It uses frozen berries which chill the drink and give it great flavor and color.

Homemade Berry Wine Cooler
When I’m going to be sipping on drinks for a few hours, I make something that’s light on the alcohol and on the calories. One of my go-to’s is a white wine spritzer made with dry white wine, soda water and big squeezes of lemon and lime.

For our summer barbecue a couple of weeks ago I decided to make spritzers a pitcher at a time. But I didn’t want to water them down with ice cubes. Instead I decided to dump in a bag of frozen mixed berries.

It was perfect! The frozen berries defrosted a little on contact with the liquid and gave it a sparkly pink color. And a nice bit of berry flavor too. It was like  the Wild Berry Wine Coolers  I remember my aunts drinking when I was young. But not as sweet.

Homemade Berry Wine Cooler
It wasn’t sweet because I’d used a dry white wine. But if you like sweeter drinks, you could go with Moscato or Riesling. That makes it taste even more like that 1980’s classic purple drink.

Homemade Berry Wine Cooler
My report from after the BBQ: I sipped happily on my wine cooler for several hours and was only a tad tipsy at bedtime. More importantly, I didn’t have a headache the next morning either.

If you’re a white wine lover and you enjoy summer recipes like this one, be sure to check out my watermelon white wine granita recipe.

A Frozen Watermelon and White Wine Dessert

 

And now, here’s my quick Homemade Berry Wine Cooler recipe:

Homemade Berry Wine Cooler

This white wine berry wine cooler is really easy to make and perfect for summer barbecues. It uses frozen berries which help cool the drink and flavor. Choose a wine that you like to drink on its own. If you like dry white wines, go with a dry white here. If you like sweet wines, then use a sweet one. If you like your drinks even sweeter than that, you can use lemon-lime soda instead of seltzer water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine, very cold
  • 12 oz. frozen mixed berries
  • 3 cups seltzer water, very cold

Directions:

  1. Pour wine into a pitcher. Add berries. Stir.
  2. Add seltzer. Stir.
  3. Serve.

 

14 Responses to “Homemade Berry Wine Cooler”

  1. Emaa Lee — November 4, 2014 @ 6:14 am (#)

    Sweet tips for homemade berry wine cooler! Can i use any other fruit like cherry, grapes instead of berry?

    • Christine Pittman — November 4, 2014 @ 1:43 pm (#)

      Emma, Yes other fruits definitely. You’ll still want them to be frozen though. The best fruits to use are those that are really juicy on the outside because their flavor will go out into the beverage more. So grapes wouldn’t be as good as cherries. A good way to test without wasting wine is to test it with plain water and see if the flavor comes out well.

  2. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 26, 2014 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    You make me want to spend a afternoon with this cooler! Yum!

  3. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 25, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I think a pitcher of this would really help me to survive the last couple of days of school

  4. Katerina — June 25, 2014 @ 3:24 am (#)

    Now that bbq season is in full swing this refreshing berry cooler is the best beverage to accompany the goodies from the bbq!

  5. Julie — June 24, 2014 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Using frozen fruit instead of ice cubes is such a smart idea!

  6. addie | culicurious — June 24, 2014 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    If I’m drinking wine, it’s definitely gonna be a white one. I’m a big fan of spritzers like this as well. YUM! :) I love the frozen berry idea because watered down or hot (or warm) white wine are both no good. Great idea! :) I’m re-inspired to find ways to riff on this classic again! Thanks!

  7. Jersey Girl Cooks — June 23, 2014 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    Such a nice light summer drink.

  8. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 23, 2014 @ 6:48 am (#)

    The only way I actually like wine is when it’s loaded with fruit, so this drink has me allll ova it! Gorgeous photos too! Pinned :)

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