This is a fun, refreshing, light and delicious cocktail for a Fourth of July celebration. The berries make it festive, and add to the red, white and blue theme of the day.
The syrup did make the drink quite sweet, I would recommend adding it slowly until the spritzer reaches the desired amount of sweetness.
WHITE WINE SPRITZER
1 (750ml) bottle of sparkling wine
1 (750ml) bottle of chardonnay
vanilla simple syrup (recipe follows)
1 (1 litre) bottle of sparkling water, chilled
VANILLA SIMPLE SYRUP
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water, sugar and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour mixture through a wire mesh strainer, discarding solids.
Fill a large pitcher with ice. Add sparkling wine, chardonnay and vanilla simple syrup. Add sparkling water, stirring to combine. Serve, garnished with berries and fresh mint if desired.
Recipe adapted from Entertain Decorate Celebrate, May/June 2014