Celebrate National Lemonade Day With 5 Wine Radlers

Happy Lemonade Day! Today’s the day to slow things down with an ice cold drink. And here’s a hot tip for wine lovers: you can mix a little vino into your lemonade recipe to create a delectable wine radler.

What’s a wine radler, you ask? Traditionally, a radler is a light beer mixed with lemonade or lemon-lime soda. However, you can totally sub in wine for beer for a delicious low-ABV summer cocktail.

Check out these 5 variations on wine radlers and enjoy whichever one suits your mood.

Riesling and lemonade wine radlers

1. Riesling & Lemonade

If you like radlers made with beer, this classic wine radler will be a smooth transition. Mix together Riesling with lemonade – plus a splash of citrus or club soda if you prefer a spritzer – for an easy and delicious summer cocktail.

Glasioluis Riesling
Bright Cellars’ Gladioluis Riesling

Bright Cellars’ own Gladiolus Riesling is our favorite for this wine radler. The slight sweetness will complement the tartness from the lemonade.

pink lemonade wine radlers

2. Sauvignon Blanc & Pink Lemonade

Grapefruit lovers, listen up. For a slightly tart take on a wine radler, mix homemade pink grapefruit lemonade with Sauvignon blanc – a light white wine with notes of grapefruit, peach, and honeydew. Again, you can add a splash of soda to make it a spritz.

Colorfast Sauvignon blanc
Colorfast Sauvignon Blanc from Bright Cellars

Bright Cellars’ Colorfast Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect vino for this wine radler recipe. The light and bright flavors will go perfectly with the sweet/tart flavors from the pink lemonade.

3. Rosé & Strawberry Lemonade

To make a fruity wine radler, combine your favorite rosé with homemade strawberry lemonade. You can also add fresh strawberries for garnish, or blend in some frozen strawberries to make a frosé radler.

Rosé
Happy Medium Rosé from Bright Cellars

Our favorite rosé for this recipe is Bright Cellars’ Happy Medium Rosé. This Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect addition to this strawberry wine rader.

wine radlers

4. Muscat Blanc & Honey-Basil Lemonade

This homemade honey-basil lemonade is perfect for a hot, sunny day. Add natural honey and fresh basil to your lemonade, and then add Muscat blanc – a dry or slightly sweet wine with notes of honeysuckle, citrus, and pear.

Bright Cellars' Batik Muscat
The Batik Muscat from Bright Cellars

Our favorite Muscat for this recipe would be Bright Cellars’ own Batik Muscat of Alexandria. This California wine is sweet and delicious! The flavors from the wine will pair perfectly with the honey-basil lemonade.

Ginger lemonade wine radlers

5. Pinot Grigio & Fizzy Ginger Lemonade 

For a slightly spicy radler, combine this homemade fizzy ginger lemonade with a light white wine like Pinot Grigio. With a burst of acidity and notes of lemon zest, white peach, and crushed gravel, Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) pairs well with fresh ginger.

Pinot Grigio - wine radlers
Bright Cellars’ Silverscape Pinot Grigio

Try making this wine radler with Bright Cellars’ own Silvescape Pinot Grigio. The flavors of green apple, lemon, and a hint of honeysuckle pair nicely with the ginger flavoring in the radler.

In Vino Finito

Wine radlers are the perfect treat for your next barbecue, picnic, or anytime you’re looking for a low-ABV cocktail

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