Off-Dry Riesling Pineapple Spritz

Fein Spritz Riesling cocktail

Courtesy Ryan Gannon, Beverage Manager, Cure, New Orleans

Feinherb is an off-dry (slightly sweet) wine style. Halbtrocken (“half-dry”) is a similar Riesling style. Think of these as the Goldilocks of Riesling: not too sweet, not too dry. That means that fruit notes come through, but they’re balanced by plenty of acidity.

In this unusual, tropical-accented variation on the classic Spritz Veneziano, pineapple liqueur takes a key role. It’s bolstered by a German Riesling that features plenty of juicy stone fruit and citrus notes—Gannon recommends Brand Feinherb Riesling. Sparkling wine adds the all-important effervescence.

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A Fein Spritz

Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces off-dry German Riesling 
  • ½ ounce pineapple liqueur, like Giffard Caribbean Pineapple 
  • 3 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish
Directions

In large wine glass or double-Old Fashioned glass, combine all ingredients with ice. Stir to chill. Drop lemon wheel in glass for garnish.

Published on June 28, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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