These 5 colorful spritzer recipes can add a dash of color and a bit of festivity to any holiday party or gathering. A spritzer is without a doubt one of the easiest cocktails ever conceived by man. The drink was originated in Germany, originally pronounced Gespritzter, and can be made virgin; that is to say, without alcohol. For the sake of ample entertainment possibilities, these five spritzer recipes are all made with liberal amounts of alcohol, which can be omitted if you care to do so.
- Chambord Royale Spritzer For this purple spritzer recipe, combine an ounce and a half of chilled champagne with two ounces of Chambord and an ounce of club soda. Shake and pour over ice. Garnish by floating two or three fresh raspberries.
- Blue Wine Spritzer As opposed to your bland, typical white wine spritzer, spice things up with this fruity blue wine spritzer. Combine ice with two ounces of Blue Curacao, an ounce of dry white wine and an ounce of club soda. Top with a splash of pineapple juice. This drink is lovely if you add each ingredient in order and do not shake or stir. Garnish with fresh blueberries or a wedge of pineapple. For a festive Fourth of July spritzer, garnish with strawberries or cherries for a classic red, white and blue combination.
- Pomegranate Lime Spritzer Not so long ago, you could only find pomegranate juice in a health food store, but do to a recent popularity surge, both the fruit and the juice are now widely available. This colorful pink spritzer is slightly tangy and very tasty. This drink is perfect on a hot day or after a long work week. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add two ounces of real pomegranate juice, two and a half ounces of white zinfandel wine and one ounce of lemon-lime soda. Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juice into the mixer. Add the lime. Shake well and pour into a tall glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with an additional slice of lime.
- Lemon Wine Spritzer As delightful as a cold glass of fresh lemonade on a hot day, this lovely yellow wine spritzer can quench even the most severe thirst. Combine two ounces of Limoncello liquor with an ounce and a half of dry white wine, an ounce of lemonade and a splash of lemon-lime soda. Rim a tall glass with sugar and pour the spritzer into the glass. Float a lemon round on top of the drink and serve.
- Fruity Sangria Spritzer This colorful red spritzer is a spin on the traditional Spanish wine punch. Fill a pitcher with ice. Add half an orange, apple and a whole lime, cut into wedges. Add fresh or frozen strawberries and pour in one 750 milliliter bottle of dry red wine. Top with two liters of ginger ale and garnish each glass with additional fresh fruit.
If you are feeling creative, make your own unique and colorful spritzer. A spritzer is basically wine and any frizzy soda. Experiment with colorful liquors and juices to make your own distinctive concoction. Start with your favorite flavors and favorite wine. You can’t go wrong.