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.
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.
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.
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.
And now, here’s my quick Homemade Berry Wine Cooler recipe:
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.
- 1 750 ml bottle white wine, very cold
- 12 oz. frozen mixed berries
- 3 cups seltzer water, very cold
- Pour wine into a pitcher. Add berries. Stir.
- Add seltzer. Stir.
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