White wine and citrus combine for a refreshing drink
We received a recipe card from Woodbridge winery several years ago printed with this recommendation for a summer cocktail called a Pinot Grigio Fizz. We liked that used wine to create a lower alcohol drink. We knew it was a smart drink and we held on to it, waiting for the right moment to offer this clever cocktail idea to our readers.
Spring is the season for this citrusy drink. That’s because blood orange, the citrus fruit at the heart of this cocktail’s color and flavor, celebrates a spring season. I know we usually think of citrus in winter but the blood orange season, at least in typical years, runs through May.
What are blood oranges?
You may already know this unique variety of orange. Or you may have avoided them because oof their slightly off-putting name. Don’t worry, the red in these oranges comes from anthocyanins, not blood as the misleading name might imply. But what are anthocyanins?
These chemical compounds are what give blueberries and cranberries their deep color. And according to NPR’s Kitchen Window, they’re also powerful antioxidants with free radical fighting abilities. Now we don’t typically think of a cocktail as offering nutrition. And I don’t really think that drinking a Pinot Grigio Fizz will result in fighting off all the free radicals in your system.
But it is certainly worth mentioning that the fresh blood orange juice in this drink may give some benefit to sexual health, particularly women’s sexual health.
Some cocktail prep tips
Because the recipe was created by the chef at Woodbridge Winery, the recipe I received calls for Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. Certainly, using a light and inexpensive wine like the Woodbridge Pinot Grigio is a suitable choice for a cocktail. But the recipe works with whatever Pinot Grigio you have on hand to make this sweet and citrusy Pinot Grigio Fizz.
One quick note on prep. If you’ve never made simple syrup, don’t worry, it’s easy. (But keep in mind that this ingredient needs to be made in advance so it can cool.) For this syrup, take 2 parts sugar to 1 part water in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely then set it aside to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
- 3/4 cup Pinot Grigio 6 oz
- 1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz simple syrup basic 2 parts sugar:1 part water ratio
- 1 1/2 oz soda water
- blood orange wheels to garnish
- Fill a large glass or Mason jar with ice, then add in all of the measured ingredients, except for the soda water.
- Stir the ingredients with a bar spoon. Once incorporated, finish with a splash of soda water.
- Garnish with wheels of freshly sliced blood oranges.
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