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Tuscan Red Wine Spritzer with Cherries and Strawberries

Like an Italian soda, but for grown-ups.

Red Wine Spritzer with mint

 Red Wine Spritzer with Cherries and Strawberries

There’s nothing like a deep, dark glass of a robust red wine, emanating all sorts of hidden flavors from oak to chocolate to cherries. But when you’re in the midst of heat wave or the tail end of an Indian summer, no room temperature drink is going to satisfy or make you forget how you almost passed out on the way to the mailbox. But there is a delicious compromise – a Red Wine Spritzer with Cherries and Strawberries. Fizzy and sweet, with slices of strawberries and whole cherries, our version still allows the complexity of the red wine to shine through.

Red Wine Spritzer cherries and strawberries

The recipe is as simple as it gets, but you do need to turn on the stove. Just for a little while. I like to add a bit of simple syrup to amplify the fruit. However, if you’re lucky to get a batch of super sweet strawberries and cherries, you can forgo this step.

Red Wine Spritzer glass
That mint isn’t just to make the glass look pretty. Crush a leaf or two and stir them into the red wine before adding the seltzer water. It adds a fragrant sharpness that complements the sweetness of the syrup and fruit and helps to highlight the notes in the red wine.

Red Wine Spritzer cherries and strawberries

To make this an authentically Tuscan spritzer, you should spring for a Super Tuscan wine. A Super Tuscan is wine produced solely in Tuscany with both indigenous and non-indigenous grapes. The red wine is bright, bold, and pops in your mouth. But, they are a bit pricey. Er… some are a lot pricey.

In our exploration of Tuscan cuisine, we paired our dishes with wine made of only Sangiovese grapes, native to Tuscany. And found many affordable options. Most are excellent in quality and won’t leave you feeling empty in the wallet.

Suggestions and Alternatives

    • If you like your spritzer sweeter, you can swap out the seltzer water for a lemon/lime soda like 7-Up or Sprite.
    • This version works equally well with white wine, but you many want to try a sweeter lighter wine like a Pinot Grigio or Riesling.
    • Keep your fruits chilled or even mildly frozen before adding to the red wine spritzer. It’ll keep them perky and fresh if the drink sits out a bit in the sun.
    • Try pairing this red wine spritzer with our Italian crepes – Ciaffagnoni with Chamomile Lemon Jelly and Pecorino Cheese for a perfect summer brunch.

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Red Wine Spritzer with mint

Red Wine Spritzer

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 267 kcal

Red Wine Spritzer with Summer Strawberries and Fresh Cherries

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Ingredients

Red Wine Spritzer

  • 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 4 cups ice
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

Instructions

Instructions for Red Wine Spritzer

  1. In a large carafe add 1 bottle room temp. Cabernet Sauvignon

  2. wash and slice fresh strawberries

  3. wash, pit and slice cherries

  4. add fruits to the carafe, stir.

  5. add club soda and simple syrup to taste

  6. add ice, stir and serve.

Instructions for Simple Syrup

  1. in a small pot add sugar and water

  2. bring to a boil and remove from heat

  3. cool completely.

Nutrition Facts
Red Wine Spritzer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 221mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 31.5%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

25 Comments

  1. Hello, Eddie, I love this spritzer. Also, the picture looks so GOOD!
    I just signed up for your newsletter because I like the concept of your blog.
    Question – Can I use Sour Cherry Spread instead of fresh Cherry?

    1. Good day Carlos, and thank you for signing up for our newsletter. Because Sour Cherries are just that, I would say yes, but please add it a little at a time. If your sour cherry spread also has sugar please keep that in mind as this recipe also has sugar in a the form of simple syrup. You want the right balance of sweet and tart while making the fruits the star of the show.

  2. Oh my gosh this will be perfect for my next girls day in. I love these kinds of spritzers because they are refreshing in the summer when it’s really hot out.

  3. A great spritzer to make for hot summer days or for a nice summer evening dinner when yuou have friends over. Easy and fast to make is fantastic!

  4. What an absolutely gorgeous drink! I love making fruity spritzers! I will have to try out a non-alchoholic version of this!

    1. You can swap out the wine for Hibiscus Tea, which will make the drink even redder. Plus it’s very heart healthy. If you can’t readily find Hibiscus, you can use cranberry or pomegranate juice (but disregard the sugar in the recipe if you get the sweetened juices.)

  5. Let me check my pantry if I have all that I need to mix this drink. If I don’t, then I am going to the store to get what I need. This refreshing drink is a must have for me today!

  6. We have a cherry tree which produced tons of cherries this year. This would be perfect way to use some of those cherries up we picked.

  7. This is my kind of drink! Berry drinks are some of the best. Wish I had one of these right now. Oh wait, take that back, It’s only 8:30 in the morning, so maybe wait a few hours. 🙂 LOL! Your pictures are gorgeous. Pinned it!

  8. My friends love spritzers! It is the best thing on a hot summer day. I think I will invite my friends over the weekend and try this out. You pics are awesome!

  9. This looks so refreshing on a hot summer day. I would probably use a Riesling with this since I love the taste. I’ll have to give it a try soon.

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