Tuscan Red Wine Spritzer with Cherries and Strawberries
Like an Italian soda, but for grown-ups.
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.
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.
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.
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
Red Wine Spritzer with Summer Strawberries and Fresh Cherries
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 for Red Wine Spritzer
In a large carafe add 1 bottle room temp. Cabernet Sauvignon
wash and slice fresh strawberries
wash, pit and slice cherries
add fruits to the carafe, stir.
add club soda and simple syrup to taste
add ice, stir and serve.
Instructions for Simple Syrup
in a small pot add sugar and water
bring to a boil and remove from heat