Written by: Tim Edison

Updated: October 18, 2023

18 Incredible White Wine Aperitif Recipes

white wine glass and bottle

A refreshing white wine aperitif served before dinner is perfect for stimulating your guests’ appetite.

Ideal to get the party started, these delicious drinks will also say a lot about you as a host.

Here are 18 delicious white wine aperitif recipes to consider for the upcoming event!

18. Refreshing Aperol Spritz

Italians know a lot about wine, and the spritz is a cocktail of Venetian origin that proves they know a thing or two about wine cocktails too!

The original recipe is a cinch to make, and the addition of Aperol gives this drink the characteristic aperitif flavor.


  • 2oz Prosecco
  • 1.5oz Aperol
  • 1 dash soda water

While the original spritz is usually served in a tumbler, the Aperol Spritz deserves a better glass.

Prepare this white wine aperitif directly in a chilled wine glass.

The secret to an exquisite cocktail is in pouring the ingredients in the right order, or so the experts say.

Therefore, pour Prosecco in the glass, add a dash of soda water and finish with Aperol.

Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy this exquisite cocktail.

17. Honeysuckle Cocktail

This honeysuckle cocktail is a delicious pre-starter.

The lemon juice and fruit give it a summer freshness. The Benedictine liqueur and the brandy add some warmth for the winter.

The result? A surprising aperitif suitable to serve in all seasons.


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 25oz fresh lemonade
  • 5oz brandy
  • 1oz Benedictine liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 peach

Pick a beautiful punch bowl. Pour in the honey then, while stirring continuously, pour in the wine and mix

Add the brandy and Benedictine liqueur and give it another stir.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for about two hours.

In the meantime, cut the peach into small cubes.

10 to 15 minutes before serving, add the fruit and lemonade to the wine and spirits cocktail. Serve in wine tumblers and garnish with slices of lemon.

16. White Wine and Herb Granita

A sensational white wine aperitif but also a delicious dessert, the white wine, and herb granita is perfect for the hottest summer days.

After you’ll enjoy this with your friends, you’ll want to prepare it every single evening.


  • 2oz white wine
  • 4oz water
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 splash fresh lemon juice

In a saucepan, mix the water with the sugar, add the rosemary and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid and let it stand until cold.

When the infused mixture has cooled down, pour in the wine and the lemon juice, stir and strain into a freezer container.

Let it freeze for at least two hours, stirring as often as possible.

When the cocktail has become firm, fill a tumbler with the granita, garnish with rosemary and serve like a sorbet or slush.

15. Peach and Honey White Wine Slushie

white wine aperitif with orange slice and straw

The Peach and Honey White Wine Slushie is another frozen cocktail to consider on the hottest summer days.

Often served as a dessert, the dry wine gives it enough crisp acidity to be an excellent aperitif.

Here’s how to make it!


  • 8oz chilled white wine
  • 2oz Grand Marnier
  • 2oz peach liqueur
  • 1oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 frozen peaches, diced

Pour the wine in a blender, add the liqueurs, orange juice, and honey, and blend everything until all ingredients are mixed.

Add the frozen peaches and blend again until smooth.

Pour the white wine aperitif into mason jars, add in colorful straws, give each cocktail a stir and garnish as desired.

14. Strawberry White Wine Sangria

Sangria is one of the most famous red wine cocktails.

And as it often happens, its popularity inspired people to try new versions. 

This version of white wine sangria (made with white wine instead of the traditional red) is perfect as an aperitif and its crisp, fresh taste will certainly stimulate your appetite.


  • 1 bottle semi-dry white wine
  • Half cup watermelon
  • Half cup strawberries
  • Half cup fresh raspberries
  • Half cup honeydew melon
  • 6 dashes of ginger ale

Just like traditional sangria, this drink is easy to make.

Cut all fruit into pieces, pour the wine into a punch bowl, add the fruit and the ginger ale.

Let it stand in the refrigerator for about three hours, pour into the preferred glasses and enjoy.

Ever wondered how long white wine lasts after it has been opened? You're not the first! We explain all in our guide.

13. Glamour Girl Martini

The Glamour Girl Martini is an exquisite white wine aperitif or after-dinner cocktail to enjoy with your friends.

It may have 'girl' in the name but it should be enjoyed by all!

This fruity white wine cocktail bursts with flavor and takes on a lovely pink color.


Pour the ingredients into a large wine carafe and stir well.

Pour the drink into martini glasses and savor!

12. Hpnotiq Blue Cocktail

When life goes blue, mix up this cocktail.

You can drink it whenever you need a bit of color in your life or prepare it for the next wine and cheese party.

For those that aren't aware, Hypnotiq is a liqueur made with vodka, cognac and tropical fruit juice.

  • 2oz dry white wine
  • 2oz Hypnotiq liqueur
  • 1oz ginger ale

Pour the wine into a chilled champagne flute, add the ginger ale, then pour in the liqueur.

Stir the cocktail with a straw and serve immediately.

Related: Learn all about the white wine grapes that make your favorite wines in our guide.

11. White Wine Spritzer

Another version of the traditional spritz, this delicious aperitif drink will make you dream about Venice.

This version was proposed by Martha Stewart in one of her shows and is a refreshing version for those who don’t like the bitter flavor of Aperol.


  • 5oz chilled white wine
  • 3oz soda water
  • 3 watermelon balls

Mix this drink in a traditional cocktail glass or wine tumbler.

Add some ice and garnish with the watermelon balls.

After you’ve drunk the aperitif, enjoy the refreshing flavor of the watermelon balls soaked in spritz, then enjoy your dinner.

10. Champagne Punch

This exquisite punch mixes white wine with Champagne in a burst of flavors.

It is perfect to serve on a hot afternoon, at parties and before dinner.

Enjoy it all summer long and then make it in winter to remember the summer!


  • 1 magnum bottle of champagne
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1-liter sparkling water
  • 12oz cranberry juice concentrate
  • 12oz lemonade concentrate
  • 6oz lime concentrate
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1 sliced lemon

Pour all the liquids into a large punch bowl and stir.

Add the fresh mint leaves and the slices of lemon.

Let the drink chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Serve in old-fashioned glasses.

9. White Cranberry Mulled Wine

white wine aperitif in garnished glasses

Okay, maybe serving Champagne Punch in the winter is not really appropriate.

But, if you need inspiration for a warm white wine aperitif, try this recipe of white cranberry mulled wine.

Without a doubt, it will surprise all your guests!


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 8oz white cranberry juice
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 2oz Bacardi Rum

Pour the cranberry juice into a saucepan, add the rosemary and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about three minutes.

Strain the infused mixture into a clean saucepan and discard the rosemary.

With a vegetable peeler, scrape away some orange peels and add them to the infuse.

Pour in the wine, add the other ingredients, bring to a simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes on a low heat.

Pour the mulled wine into transparent cups, garnish with cinnamon and cranberries, and serve hot.

8. White Wine Fruit Aperitif

We’ve prepared this white wine aperitif with cantaloupe, green grapes, and strawberries, but you can use any fruit you want.

In the end, the beauty of homemade drinks is the fact that you can easily customize them.


  • 10oz dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cantaloupe
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Chopped mint leaves

Pour the wine into a saucepan and add the sugar.

Turn on the heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously to dissolve the sugar.

When the sugar is dissolved, throw in the mint leaves, turn off the heat and let the syrup stand until you chop the fruit.

Add the chopped fruit into a large punch bowl, pour the warm wine syrup over the fruit and let it cool.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the fruit macerate for at least 8 hours.

Serve in white wine glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

7. Cherry Wine Cooler

This cherry wine cooler is the perfect pool party cocktail, an exquisite pre-dinner aperitif, and a tasty drink to have at any time.

Enjoy it with your friends, with your spouse or even alone.


  • 7oz dry white wine, still or sparkling
  • 2oz cherry juice
  • 1 dash lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Mint leaves

Dip the rim of a tall glass into lime juice, then in sugar.

Pour in the cherry juice, add the wine, and garnish with mint leaves.

Stir with a straw and serve your aperitif.

6. Wine Piña Colada

Except for the name, this white wine aperitif has nothing much to do with the original cocktail.

Prepare it in a punch bowl and let the fruit macerate for at least a couple of hours before serving this delicious drink.


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 16oz lemon-lime soda
  • 4 slices canned pineapple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Cut the lemon into slices and put it in a carafe together with the sugar.

Mince the pineapple slices and add them to the lemon-sugar mix.

Pour the wine and soda, stir with a spoon and let the cocktail rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Serve in tall glasses.

5. Sparkling Wine Berries

The sparkling wine gives a festive touch to this delicious white wine aperitif recipe.

Ideal to serve before dinner, this drink also pairs wonderfully with desserts.

Like many of the other aperitifs, prepare the beverage in a punch bowl and let it rest for a couple of hours before serving.


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3oz raspberry brandy
  • 5oz strawberries
  • 5oz raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Fresh mint

Add the fruits and the cinnamon stick to a punch bowl, toss with sugar and let it macerate for about half an hour.

Remove the cinnamon stick and pour the fruit into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour the puree back into the bowl.

Add the brandy and the sparkling wine, stir the mixture and let it stand in the refrigerator for about two hours before serving.

Serve in champagne flutes and garnish with fresh mint.

4. Rossini Aperitif

The Rossini is an Italian aperitif cocktail that pays tribute to their great composer Gioacchino Rossini.

Inspired by the two famous Bellini and Mimosa cocktails, this refreshing drink is prepared with strawberry puree and chilled Prosecco.


  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 1 bottle dry white wine, still
  • 5oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Toss the strawberries with the sugar, add them to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour all the liquids into a carafe and stir.

Add a teaspoon of strawberry puree to a champagne flute, fill with Prosecco-wine mix and garnish with a strawberry. Serve chilled.

3. Violet Kir

If you’re throwing a special party, you might be looking for a refined white wine aperitif to serve with your entrée.

From all the choices, this Violet Kir cocktail will most likely wow all your guests.


  • 4oz white wine
  • 1oz violet syrup

With just two ingredients, making this cocktail is as easy as pie.

Yet, pouring the ingredients into a flute in the correct order is essential.

For the best results, prepare the aperitif with extra-chilled wine and syrup.

First, pour the syrup into a flute.

Top up with white wine poured gently.

Serve without stirring and garnish with a violet blossom.

2. Pineapple Pepper

Pineapple pepper is one of those white wine aperitifs invented to amaze everyone.

The combination of ingredients gives this drink a crisp fresh taste, while the distinctive aromas of the basil blend perfectly with the fruity hints of the pineapple.

It all spices up with a dash of pink pepper.


  • 2oz white wine
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Half lime, peeled
  • 3 pineapples in small cubes
  • Pink pepper

In a tall tumbler, toss the lime with the sugar.

Add the diced pineapple and mix well.

Add the shredded basil leaves and pour in the wine.

Stir with a straw and garnish with a pinch of pink pepper. Serve chilled.

1. Orange Fizz

  • 1 bottle sparkling white wine
  • 8oz pineapple juice
  • 4oz white rum
  • 1 dash coconut extract
  • Orange coloring

Prepare this aperitif in a punch bowl to mix all the flavors well.

The drink is easy to make; just pour in all liquids and let it stand in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Before serving, pour a few drops of orange food coloring into champagne flutes.

Top up with white wine aperitif and stir.

Garnish with pineapple cubes and serve.

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About the Author Tim Edison

Tim started Wine Turtle way back in 2015.
These days he contributes to Wine Turtle (and other renowned wine publications) while continuing his wine education.
Tim's wine of the month is the Coates & Seely Reserve Brut NV (from Hampshire, England).

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