A quick and easy cocktail, that is beautifully light and fresh for the summer! These white wine spritzers with thyme, lemon and ginger are guaranteed to be on your menu this summer! Make individual, or whip up a pitcher, these white wine spritzers scream summertime entertaining!
Well hi there! I know, I didn’t post anything new last week, weird huh? But to be honest, last weekend was…. chaotic to say the least! We had a friend’s golden retriever puppy stay with us, and between her and Archie they DID NOT STOP! Seven hours straight playing on Friday and total chaos the next few days! Needless to say, it was a busy but fun weekend!
I also wanted to take a break before the summer holidays, because I knew I’d be crazy busy the upcoming weeks before we leave for Europe next week!
I’ve been swinging into gear to try and get organised before we head off, and it has made me SO excited for the summer recipes I have coming for you in the next few months! Starting with this white wine spritzer that is perfect for single servings, or as a pitcher cocktail.
This recipe was inspired by one of my favourite local wines – Portland Sangria. They have this amazing white wine sangria in a can that is flavoured with rosemary, ginger and lemon and it is absolutely perfect for a hot summers day! There’s a new bar that just opened up around the corner at a food truck pod and they serve this. We went there the other day with Archie, and it was absolute bliss sitting there in the sun drinking the canned white wine sangria. It was so good, I just had to recreate the recipe for you, but of course, with a little THCK twist!
I have quite a few cocktail recipes on THCK, but I definitely think this is the easiest one to put together!
Instead of rosemary, I opted for thyme. Why? Because I don’t have a rosemary plant, and I have a huge bunch of thyme growing! In the interested in using what I have, and wasting less, thyme was the perfect option and just adds a little twist to the white wine spritzer.
If you’re wondering?
What is a white wine spritzer?
A white wine or wine spritzer is a cocktail combing wine, and soda water/mineral water/club soda. The addition of the soda water makes it really light and refreshing, which is why I love it for the summer time. I feel a lot more hydrated when I drink spritzers!
What type of wine can I use?
Preferably and light white wine, that is not too sweet, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, or dry Pinot Gris. Personally, I’m a huge fan of all things New Zealand when it comes to white wine, and Marlborough Sav Blanc is usually my go-to region and wine for whites. I find Savs to be a lot fruitier too and the fruiter wines really mesh well with the thyme, ginger and lemon flavouring.
How do I make white wine spritzers?
Lucky for you, these white wine spritzers are ridiculously easy and require just a few simple ingredients. While I wanted an easy recipe, I wanted to do just a little more than just put some wine and club soda in a glass and call it a recipe, so I added the thyme and ginger simple syrup, and lemon to jazz it up a bit, and I am SO happy with how it turned out.
To make the simple syrup, you’ll combine the water, sugar, ginger and thyme in a small saucepan, and heat until the sugar has melted. Then you’ll want to set it aside for 10 minutes to cool and to let the flavours infuse.
Then, you’ll simply pour your glass of wine, add a dash of lemon juice, extra fresh ginger and some of the simple syrup, then top it with soda water for extra bubbly!
The amount you use of the lemon, ginger and simple syrup is dependent on taste. I measured mine with 1 cup of white wine and wanted a touch of the extra ginger flavour. Adding fresh ginger really enhanced the sharpness to the drink and really mellowed out the thyme flavour.
If you want yours with more citrus, simply add additional lemon, and likewise, if you wanted it sweeter, add more simple syrup.
I love this recipe because it’s perfect to adapt to individual tastes and serving sizes. I measured mine with a baseline of 1 cup of wine and went from there, but you could totally do this with a whole bottle of wine in a pitcher!
This white wine spritzer can be served with just a little ice, and a fresh sprig of thyme for greenery and fanciness, but there is really not much to this recipe. If you’re in the market for a super quick, super easy and absolutely delicious summer cocktail, that is both refreshing and a little fancy, then this white wine spritzer is for you!
Happy Tuesday, and I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!
G x x
White Wine Spritzer with Lemon, Thyme and Ginger
Simple Syrup (Makes 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp ginger, grated
White Wine Spritzers
- 1 cup white wine
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, extra
- 3 tsp simple syrup
- 1/4 cup club soda, or thereabouts
- fresh thyme sprig, for serving
- ice cubes, for serving
- Combine water, sugar, ginger and thyme in a small saucepan
- Heat over low heat, until sugar has melted
- Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the syrup to cool and infuse.
White Wine Spritzers
- Place wine in a wine glass, and add lemon juice, fresh ginger and simple syrup.
- Adjust ingredients according to taste.
- Top with soda water and serve with ice and a fresh thyme sprig.
Want More Cocktail Recipes?
- This strawberry mojito recipe is another summer favourite of ours!
- If you can find blood oranges, these blood orange cocktails with ginger and mint are also perfect for a hot day!
- These frozen raspberry margaritas are so refreshing and delicious for a hot day too!
- I also LOVE this passionfruit cider punch for entertaining a crowd too!
- And last but not least, you can’t go past a Moscow mule-ish citrus ginger dark and stormy!
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