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, whether at a barbecue or just hanging by the pool, 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.
Keep Cool With Frozen Berries
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.
Berry Wine Cooler
This pitcher drink couldn’t be simpler. Pour in a bottle of white wine, add your frozen berries, and mix. Then top it all off with seltzer water. That’s it!
I like to use a dry white wine for this. But if you like sweeter drinks, you could go with Moscato or Riesling. Just pick a wine that you enjoy drinking on its own.
Feel free to personalize it too. If you like sweeter drinks, you could substitute lemon-lime soda for the seltzer water. Not into berries? Maybe try frozen chunks of peach or mango instead.
I have one more idea for you on top of those! This one is the best, truly. Add a can of frozen concentrate juice to the mix. If you can find a strawberry one (Bacardi makes a frozen strawberry concentrate that is sold in my grocery store beside the frozen orange juice concentrate), you can whip up a fruity strawberry cooler in minutes: 1 bottle of dry white wine, 2 cups of seltzer or lime-flavored unsweetened seltzer, and 1 can of the concentrate. Mix and drink!\
Homemade Berry Wine Cooler
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Drink
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
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.
This post originally appeared in June 2014 and was revised and republished in June 2021.
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