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Anyone who knows me well knows that wine is my drink of choice. When I’m out, I usually opt for a white wine — not because I don’t like red, in fact I LOVE red. But red wine gives me scary purple mouth, so it’s probably better I stick to white when I am in public.
Besides the fact that I love the taste of wine, I also like that it doesn’t leave me feeling full and bloated like beer can. Cocktails are delicious, but they usually contain lots of added simple syrups and juices, so I always know that wine is a safe and “healthier” choice.
Have you guys heard of Black Box Wines?
Let me just stop you right there because I know what you might be thinking, but this is not your regular boxed wine. Trust me, I drank enough of that stuff in college to call myself an expert (not proud of that!), and Black Box Wines just don’t compare.
Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for quality, but they still cost 40% less than comparable bottled wines. PLUS, the boxes are so easily transportable, making them them perfect for summer outings (helloooo picnics!). The 3 liter box contains four 750 ml. bottles of wine, and I love that once you open the box, you don’t have to worry about drinking it right away. The wine stays fresh for up to 6 weeks (although let’s see if you can actually make it last that long 😉 ).
Now for this white wine spritzer recipe!
I’ll be honest, I’ve never had much of an interest in spritzers because I used to think “Why the heck would I dilute wine?” but I was wrong. A good spritzer can be really, really refreshing – especially during the summer heat! When I’m drinking, I always try to have a glass of water in between each drink because it keeps me hydrated and prevents a hangover the next day.
Spritzers are a great way to enjoy wine, but the added club soda or sparkling water helps to keep you from getting too dehydrated at the same time.
This White Wine Spritzer with Basil and Orange would be the perfect drink for any summer get-together, from bridal showers to summer BBQs. What screams summer more than fresh basil!?
- 3 basil leaves, muddled or torn
- Ice cubes
- 4 oz. Pinot Grigio
- 2 oz. club soda
- ½ oz. fresh orange juice
- Orange twist (for garnish)
- Place the basil at the bottom of a chilled glass. Add the ice cubes, then the Pinot Grigio, club soda, and orange juice to the glass. Garnish with an orange twist. Serve cold immediately.
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