PA Vines & Wines Recipes: Grapefruit and Ginger Spritz

A glass of wine or a cocktail? The answer is “both!” with cocktails like sangria, mimosas and spritzes. Using wine in place of liquor is a fabulous way to shake up your usual drink options. It’s typically lower-proof and offers the smoothness and nuance we appreciate about wine, in a reimagined way. 

The Grapefruit and Ginger Spritz marries fresh fruit and a ginger-infused honey with Pennsylvania Grüner Veltliner wine. Grüner Veltliner is typically dry, bright and juicy, making it an ideal choice for a spritz. The result is an invigorating, citrusy concoction that’s sure to lighten your day. The ginger’s spice balances beautifully with the tart punch of grapefruit for a lovely brunch, happy hour or anytime refreshment. 

It’s an easy cocktail to make in just 10 minutes. Serve this pretty pastel potable in a wine glass with a slice of grapefruit, sit back and enjoy!

Grapefruit and Ginger Spritz

Serves 1
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 5 min 10 min


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 ounces Grüner Veltliner Pennsylvania Wine
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • Club soda, for serving
  • Grapefruit slices, for garnish


  1. Combine honey, water and ginger in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to simmer, stirring constantly, until honey dissolves. Simmer for 5 minutes to infuse ginger.
  2. Remove from heat and strain syrup to remove ginger pieces. Let cool completely.
  3. Fill wine glass with ice. Add Grüner Veltliner Pennsylvania Wine, grapefruit juice and 1 ounce of prepared syrup. Stir gently and top with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedges and serve.

Tip: Store remaining syrup refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

Grapefruit and Ginger Spritz

The PA Vines & Wines series was created in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Wine Association with Round 8, Act 39 grant funding from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

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