Kick-Ass Wine Cooler

You may have read about our disappointment with the 2018 Gnarly Head Sauvignon Blanc we tried the other night.

But always of the bent to make lemonade when lemons bonk us on the head, we made wine coolers! And I must admit they turned out so grand we decided to share the recipe for a truly delightful Sauvignon Blanc wine cooler. We definitely plan to keep it in our little white recipe box.

Honestly, it’s not terribly French. The wine is from California. And we mixed it with an Italian soda and a sparkling water bottled in Texas. But in the truly French spirit of ‘vive la différence,’ we find it French-inspired even if not French.

A refreshing sipper on a long, hot summer evening is always welcomed.

Kick Ass Wine Cooler

Kick-Ass Wine Cooler

Sauvignon Blanc, blood orange & grapefruit sparkling waters
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-free, Low-Carb
Servings: 6 generous cocktails
Author: Mimi
Cost: $4.50


  • 1/3 bottle Sauvignon Blanc we used Gnarly Head
  • 1 can Blood Orange sparkling water preferably Sanpellegrino "Aranciata Rossa"
  • 1 can Grapefruit sparkling water we used the HEB house brand
  • 1 grape sliced in half for a squeeze & a garnish


  • Pretty much what you expect! Uncork the wine and pour 1/4 to 1/3 of the bottle into an insulated container.
  • Add the can of Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa (blood orange) sparkling water. Then add the can of grapefruit sparkling water.
  • Mix.
  • Serve over ice with a squeeze of the grape, using the two grape halves as garnish in the glass.


Using the Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa, or blood orange sparkling water is important in this cocktail because it has a high content of juice. It is marketed as a sparkling water. But 19% of it is juice , so the taste is much more intense than a simple water.
This recipe also would work well with a Pinot Grigio.
A word to the Keto-wise. Because of the juice content, this is not a Keto-freindly beverage. A can of the Sanpellegrino contains 29 grams of sugar from the blood orange juice. As sugar content goes, it is not terribly high. But it definitely contains sugar. And it steps outside of a Keto profile.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

If you have difficulty finding these ingredients locally, you can get Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa Sparkling Water (blood orange) on Amazon. Pretty much any Grapefruit sparkling water could be substituted for the HEB brand we used.

And we definitely are planning to try a variation on this recipe one evening soon by substituting Sanpellegrino Prickly Pear & Orange Sparkling Water for the blood orange because it sounds weirdly divine.

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