In A History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage discusses how the Greeks that drinking wine without mixing water was barbaric. They added at least equal parts of wine and water. With many drinks, though, the ratio was more like 2 parts water to 1 part wine in varying concentration typically not exceeding 4 parts water to 1 part wine.

When drinking a white wine spritzer you can really feel like you’re updating an old classic. As in ancestors old, not grandparents old.

White Wine Spritzer

3 oz. White Wine

3 oz. Club Soda

Add both to a wine glass over ice.


White wine spritzers are kind of fun. They’re a nice alternative to wine and gives you an excuse to put ice cubes in your wine.  I don’t know if I would ever order one. I feel the same way about Spritzers that I do about Irish coffee. Like once every few years, I think it’s a good idea and I order one. It’s great at that moment. Then it doesn’t cross my mind to order another one for years. The picture is from Rachel Ray and adds slices of lemon and lime. I don’t think there’s anything particularly interesting about a white wine spritzer by itself. It is interesting how close it is to Argentian Sangria. It is nice because it is cheap.


White Wine: $3 per 750 mL bottle (if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby)

Club Soda: $1 per 16 oz bottle.

Total cost: $4.

As always, happy and safe drinking