15 Best Drinks To Mix With Wine, Ranked

When we think of pouring a glass of wine, we don't always consider adding anything to it (except for sometimes ice, that is). After all, wine is pretty darn good on its own — something the vineyards and brands behind the bottles intend it to be. But there are times when you may need to switch things up, especially if you are not someone who is a big wine lover (or you have someone coming over who isn't the biggest fan). 

We did some research and found a large range of different mixers to try with wine. Some are more traditional (like everyone's favorite brunch cocktail), while some are just downright different (who knew apples and grapes went together?). To help add some pizazz to your wine cocktails, we found some of the most interesting mixers and ranked them so that you don't have to. Here are the 15 best drinks to mix with wine to make that perfect cocktail.

15. Apple Juice

There are plenty of reasons why we love apple juice. Between all the health benefits — including hydration and healthy liver function, says Real Fruit Power — along with the juicy taste, apple juice is a stand-out all on its own. There's really no reason to do anything more to it — unless you're creating a cocktail. Apple juice has many pros, including the fact that it makes for a solid cocktail mixer (and not just with spirits, either).

Okay, we get that apple juice is not the first thing that comes to mind when making a wine-based drink, but hear us out. When you mix red wine and apple juice (and some fresh fruit), you can get a fruity concoction that resembles a sangria — only it's a whole lot easier to make. Real Simple suggests using sliced peaches and a medium-bodied red when you mix this baby up and then serve it over ice.

14. Sprite

Sprite has been around for a long time, dating back to its origins in Germany in 1959, Rock Hill Coca-Cola says. At that time, it went by the name Clear Lemon Fanta and changed to Sprite once it hit the U.S. two years later. Its popularity grew in the 60s with a younger generation — and for good reason. Snack History reports its crisp taste is a win with a mix of lemon and lime, and naturally makes for a perfect mixer in a refreshing cocktail.

It's a soda we normally might use when whipping up a chilled white wine spritzer for an outdoor summertime party, but it can be paired with red wine, too. Simply mix red wine and Sprite over ice, and add some lemon and mint if you have them on hand. According to A Communal Table, stick with a fruity red wine, like a Shiraz or a blend, so it's not too heavy, but rather light and refreshing.

13. Ginger Beer

Some people enjoy drinking ginger beer on its own, while others prefer to mix it in a cocktail (or a cocktail on a stick). No matter your fancy, we get why ginger beer is so well-liked. According to A Couple Cooks, ginger beer has an intense ginger taste, but it is bubbly, keeping the drink light and tasty. It is also non-alcoholic, and all of these attributes make for a great mixer.

Mixing ginger beer with wine might sound strange, but it works. Also, it is incredibly simple to do as you don't need a lot of ingredients to make this drink come together. Opt for red wine, something like a Pinot Noir will do, and mix with ginger beer and ice. Food also recommends red wine and ginger beer make for a delicious summertime cocktail, especially when you add orange slices to the mix for a touch of citrus (an ideal refreshment after sitting in the summer sun).

12. Sparkling Juice

We're all about a bubbly sparkling juice. These juices are fermented, says CooksInfo, which creates natural carbonation and, you guessed it, the right amount of fizz. Who wouldn't want to add sparkling juice to a cocktail? We're definitely on board, especially if we want to make a cold, refreshing frozé (aka frozen rosé). This popular summertime sip is relatively new to the bar scene, as it first appeared in 2016, Cool Breeze Beverages explains, at Bar Primi in New York City's East Village. Since then, it has been a huge hit for thirsty drinkers who love wine but really enjoy a sweet, adult-style slushy to sip. 

You don't have to get too complicated when making one, either. When you mix sparkling juice with rosé wine, you can easily get a standout frozé. All you need is to add in some frozen fruit, CelebratingSweets points out, which emphasizes trying strawberries and cherries for a super juicy kick. 

11. Club Soda

Club soda is carbonated, according to Healthline, and therefore gives that fizzy kick we love in our refreshments (ahem, alcoholic beverages). It's also infused with a wide range of minerals, such as potassium and sodium chloride, which helps add a mild, salty flavor, says MasterClass. Between the bubbles and the taste, club soda is a go-to when it comes to making cocktails. Okay, we probably didn't have to sell you too hard on mixing club soda in a cocktail, but what about using it with wine? Yeah, that's what we thought. But really, it's kind of a perfect combination. 

The Toasty Kitchen explains that combining club soda with wine is a great drink for the warmer months because there's a touch of citrus that makes for an easy sip. It's also a quick drink to make when hosting a crowd. The key here is to use an aromatic white wine that stays on the palate even after the club soda is added. 

10. Ginger Ale

Ginger ale is another one of those tasty refreshments that is good on its own but perfect when added into something else (like a rye whiskey). Spoon University points out the taste is refreshing and offers both a little burst of citrus and a hint of pepper thanks to the actual ginger that's used to make it. But, as The Kitchn explains, ginger ale's flavor is not as intense as ginger beer because it's more carbonated. The overall result is refreshing and makes one amazing spritzer.

This brings us to why ginger ale isn't a bad mixer with white wine, especially when it comes to creating that solid spritzer you're craving. Mix these two ingredients together, and you get a quick and easy delight in your mouth. Blackberry Babe points out a Chardonnay works well with ginger ale, and so does adding a slice of lime, which can help complement the ginger flavor.

9. Lemonade

When we think of summer, we can almost taste a glass of ice-cold lemonade. It's the perfect combination of tart and sweet, via Serious Eats, tasting as though lemons have been freshly squeezed into your glass. And this drink has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Forgotten History states that lemonade goes back to medieval Egypt when a Persian poet apparently first wrote about it. Flash forward to the 1870s when people in the U.S. were encouraged to drink lemonade as opposed to anything with booze in it during what was called the "temperance movement." 

These days, lemonade can be enjoyed in many ways, including with booze, as opposed to being a solely non-alcoholic beverage. We say to get crafty with your cocktails and combine white wine with lemonade for a refreshing summertime sip. According to The Spruce Eats, adding Italian sparkling lemonade and mint will help turn this into a wine mojito. 

8. Grapefruit Juice

Like other juices on our list, grapefruit juice has many health benefits that make it a win-win to consume. Minneopa Orchards reports that grapefruit juice is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that work to keep your immune system healthy and strong. Grapefruits can be on the bitter side, says Hale Groves, which may not always be everyone's favorite, but they can also be tart and crisp, which we think works well when making a mixed drink.

You may not have thought to pair this bitter and tart juice with wine, but we think it's worth a shot. When mixing the two ingredients, reach for a prosecco as it has hints of peach and melon, which works nicely with the grapefruit flavors, via Platings and Pairings (and we think makes for a delicious drink). It also looks classy when served in a balloon glass with a slice of grapefruit as a garnish. 

7. Pineapple Juice

Did you know how versatile pineapple juice can be? Not only can it be used to make a classic fruit smoothie, but you can use it in plenty of dishes as well, including as a marinade for your favorite grilled meat. Pineapple juice has some great health benefits, too, including being a good source of vitamin C and copper, via WebMD

When it comes to cocktails, versatility may not be the first thing to come to mind, as everyone thinks they know what to do with pineapple juice: Put it in rum. Look, we like that, too, but sometimes we want to be a bit more playful with our fruity drinks. Try mixing pineapple juice with white wine for a different take on the more traditional rum cocktail. All Recipes explains to stick with a sweeter white wine, such as a Riesling, to have it taste like a refreshing glass of fruity sangria. Once you try it, you'll understand why we think it's one of the best drinks to mix with wine.

6. Tonic Water

Tonic water has been a staple cocktail mixer for a long time. And who can argue? It's light, easy, and adaptable. Liquor.com reports it's made with sugar, soda water, and a compound called "quinine" that comes from the cinchona tree back in South America, which gives tonic water that slightly bitter taste it is known for.

While tonic water is widely mixed with spirits to make simple, yet tasty, cocktails, we also believe it can be used with wine. When you're craving something crisp and easy, all you need is some white wine, tonic water, and ice to make the perfect drink. Crumb Top Baking says adding some summer fruits can really help elevate this drink to a fruitier level, which we think is perfect for when the temperatures start to rise. This is definitely one of those drinks that is ideal for anyone who may not love wine but doesn't hate an easy spritzer on a humid day.

5. Coca-Cola

What do you get when you mix Coca-Cola with wine? Something seriously delicious. It's called kalimotxo, via VinePair, and it's been a favorite in Spain since the 1920s. However, it didn't become big until the 1970s when the stigma of mixing wine with sugary soda wore off, and it was officially introduced at a festival in the Basque Country. Today, the drink is pretty popular in Spain but also in the United States. Some bars even named their establishment after the drink (looking at you, Kalimotxo in Austin, Texas).

We have to say, we kind of get it. You only need two ingredients (red wine and Coca-Cola), so it's super easy when you're in a pinch. Plus, it's an actual cocktail and not something you just made up and hopefully tastes good. We already know it does. Take Two Tapas points out the flavor combination is perfect as the caramel notes from the cola help balance the tartness of the wine perfectly.

4. Crème de cassis

Crème de cassis is a liqueur from Burgundy that is over 150 years old, says Food & Wine, and is known for its ultra-sweet flavor (thanks to being made with black currants). Those berries also provide a zip of tartness that keeps things well-rounded. While it's a great addition to several types of cocktails made with spirits, it should be used sparingly, as it can turn a slightly sweet cocktail into something way too sugary.

One of the most well-known cocktails made with crème de cassis is the Kir Royale, which What A Girl Eats explains is a favorite French aperitif. There's a reason why it's the favored sip before dinner, as it's bubbly, light, and won't fill you up before a big meal. It's also a super simple drink to master with just champagne and crème de cassis but appears incredibly fancy and complicated. 

3. Elderflower Liqueur

Chances are, if you have gone to a swanky cocktail bar known for its handcrafted concoctions, you have had a drink or two made with elderflower. This type of liqueur comes from the flowers of an elderflower bush, via Garnish with Lemon, and does not have any preservatives, which means its shelf life may not be as long as others. But, we think once you start using it in your cocktails, you will not be waiting for months to use it again. Taste Cocktails explains the overall flavor profile of elderflower liqueur is a combination of peach and pear, making it ideal for crafting mixed drinks.

Since this liqueur has a tasty profile of its own, you do not have to go overboard when adding additional ingredients to the mix. Try adding a dry sparkling wine, says St~Germain, which will make for both an easy and elegant sip.

2. Aperol

This classic Italian liqueur has been around since 1919, says Aperol, and it first gained its popularity with the younger crowd who frequented trendy Italian cafes. Later on in the 2000s, the Aperol spritz cocktail was a mega-hit all over the globe and continues to be a popular choice among many today. The reason for this is simple: It's good. Really good. Also, like so many others on the list, it's easy to make. 

The quickest way to master one of these well-liked and iconic cocktails is to combine Aperol and prosecco. According to Cookie + Kate, an inexpensive sparkling wine will surely do, while adding a splash of club soda can help dilute too much fizz if that's not your thing. While you don't need a fresh orange slice for the garnish, we think it's worth going to the store for when you really want to impress your guests (and yourself). 

1. Orange Juice

We have to admit that we do love our orange juice. It quenches our thirst and goes great with eggs, but it is also a healthy choice that is loaded with cell-repairing vitamin C, via Organic Facts. Needless to say, we feel pretty darn good about drinking it, then. While all of these reasons are enough to enjoy a simple glass of OJ, it's even more iconic when served at brunch with a favored mix-in: Some bubbly, of course.

Orange juice is hands down one of the best drinks to mix with wine, and we think you'll probably agree (if you don't already). It's everyone's favorite brunch cocktail and incredibly easy to make. When looking for the right wine, Inspired Taste points out to shoot for a prosecco or a sparkling wine that is on the dryer side rather than using anything too sweet. The orange juice is all the sweetness you need.