Mad Scientist: Spritzing it Up

“Can you add some ice and soda to that and make it a spritzer?”

This is the question that will make any bartender or wine connoisseur cringe. My inner wine enthusiast dialogue always asks, “If you don’t really like wine, why drink it?” However, in an effort to accommodate the spritzer crowd, I did some research and gave into the diluted concoction. I have to admit… Spritzers are tasty on a hot day and an excellent way to please your “not really into drinking” party guests. So without further ado, here is my list of top wine spritzers—some from the wonderful world of Pinterest and one from a kitchen bartending experiment of my own.




Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

This beautiful and delicious cocktail comes from Author Leigh Ann Chatagnier blends together a light and refreshing mix of Prosecco, fresh plums, and thyme to add a little diversity and class to your brunch or happy hour.


  • 2 plums
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp. thyme simple syrup (1/2 Cup of sugar, 1/2 Cup of water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)
  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly


  • Peel and chop 2 plums.
  • Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released.  (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)
  • Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.
  • Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs.
  • Serve immediately.


Orange Red Wine Spritzer

My insatiable love for red wine and fall weather drew me to this recipe on This full and spicy beverage is a wonderful accompaniment to autumn with its combination of red wine, orange juice, orange bitters, and cinnamon. I look forward to sipping this on a crisp night by a campfire.


  • 4 ounces red wine
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon simple syrup
  • 4 ounces soda water/club soda
  • 3-5 dashes orange bitters

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in pieces


  • In a glass filled with ice, combine the red wine, orange juice and cinnamon simple syrup. Stir well. Top with soda water. Add the orange bitters to taste.
  • To make the cinnamon simple syrup, combine all ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then turn off heat. Let sit for 2 hours. Strain out the cinnamon sticks and store in a storage container.


Endless Summer – by Katerina Kuss

For this refreshing cocktail, I picked up a bottle of Pinot Grigio and used ingredients around my mother’s home while enjoying the last weekend before the unofficial end of summer. The result was a light and crisp spritzer which left summer lingering on our lips.


  • 4 ounces of chilled Pinot Grigio
  • 1 slice of watermelon
  • 2 sprigs of basil
  • 4 ounces cranberry gingerale


  • In the bottom of a glass, place the watermelon slice and shredded basil leaves. Use a spoon to muddle the watermelon and squeeze out the juice.
  • Add the white wine until it fills half of the glass and then top off with cranberry gingerale.