Even though it’s January, the weather has been downright balmy here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m a winter gal at heart and won’t lie when I say I wish it would rain. Wine people like the miserable weather because it gives you an excuse to drink more wine and lay around. Well, maybe not all wine people. Maybe just me. But anyway.
Because the weather has been spring-like and I’ve been brainstorming ideas for Superbowl wine cocktails, white wine was top of mind. I originally planned on whipping up a white wine Sangria but then looked at a vintage picture hanging in my family room of Squirt soda. I quickly started thinking about white wine punch and got to work. This punch isn’t technically a punch since my recipe calls for a single glass, but you could make it in a large batch and therefore call it punch. So I went with it.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m watching the Superbowl, I’m usually also stuffing my face with chips, hotdogs, little smokies, cookies, pretty much all things crap. Beer is typically my drink of choice during the game since it pairs with junk food so well. No offense to my beer homies. This year, I want a fun wine cocktail to drink at the big showdown and knew I needed something that called for ice, something refreshing to pair with all the yummy food, and something relatively cheap and quick since I’m assuming I’ll be enjoying more than one! I’m all about easy (I’m actually really lazy) and the most complicated thing about this whole drink is the muddled raspberries which aren’t complicated at all. Just put some fresh raspberries in a bowl, mash them with a fork, add some agave to taste and Viola!, fresh muddled raspberries. For the punch, add ice to a highball glass, fill half with Vinho Verde such as Vidigal, half with grapefruit soda such as Squirt, squeeze in some lime juice, plop in a teaspoon of muddled raspberry and enjoy. I garnished mine with Swedish Fish for a twist since I’m serving this punch with crab cakes. Get it? That recipe will be on the blog soon. Vinho Verde is the best option for this punch because it’s a slightly fizzy, acidic (which means crisp and fresh) wine with loads of lime, lemon, and grapefruit flavors that is magic combined with the grapefruit soda. Vinho Verde is also low in alcohol so you can drink these all day long (be responsible and don’t drink and drive!) and it’s on the cheap! Vidigal is in my online shop for $12.98! If you do make a big batch, you’ll have money left over for chips and dip. You can thank me later!