White Wine Spritzer: Two Ways

White wine spritzer recipeWhite wine spritzers always make me think of Liz Lemon (any other 30 Rock fans out there?). There's an episode where she orders a Manhattan and the bar tender asks what kind of bourbon. And she replies, a white wine spritzer. :) Love that. Been there.

So, naturally after seeing that episode some years ago I promptly looked up what a white wine spritzer was because it obviously should be a drink I know. And it turns out that they are simple, light and super refreshing. I love this basic recipe from Martha Stewart. But I also like to add mint. Here's two variations for making your own.Easy white wine spritzerWhite Wine Spritzer with Mint Simple Syrup

To make the mint simple syrup heat equal parts water and sugar (1/2 cup each for a small batch) plus 2-3 sprigs of mint (stems and all) over high heat, stirring constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove the mint leaves and store your syrup in a air tight container.

Now mix 6 ounces white wine (any kind you prefer) and 1/2 tablespoon mint simple syrup, stir to incorporate. Add 3 ounces club soda, ice and a few slices (or balls) of melon. Garnish with a mint sprig.White wine spritzerLazy White Wine Spritzer, makes one.

Combine 6 ounces white wine, 3 ounces Sprite (or Sierra Mist or 7up), a few ice cubes and melon+mint to garnish. This version is great if you're pressed for time, or camping, or just not feeling like making simple syrup.Melon ballsI love both versions! And as long as you garnish, they both end up looking quite fancy (so no one is the wiser!). Enjoy these while it's still warm guys. xo. Emma

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