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Nectarine-Mint Spritzer

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  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity white wine
  • limes, thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 2 nectarines or peaches, peeled or unpeeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled


  1. Bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add half the mint leaves, and let cool. Cover and let infuse for 8 hours or overnight. Strain to remove the vanilla bean and mint leaves.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar mixture, remaining mint leaves, wine, and sliced fruits and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Stir in cold club soda before serving over ice.
  3. The spritzers go well with chicken or fish straight off the grill.
June, 2002

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 199Calories From Fat 0%
  • Calcium 42mg
  • Carbohydrate 31g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Fat 0g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Iron 1mg
  • Protein 1mg
  • Sat Fat 0g
  • Sodium 7mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

Wine bottles
To give your wine leftovers the longest life, recork and refrigerate them―even reds (they come up to drinking temperature soon after being poured). Most whites hold well for two days; reds for three. After that you can freeze leftover wine in ice-cube trays and use the cubes for cooking.

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