Make House Wine Taste Better with Soda Water [Food Hacks]

That is how I used to have my lunch wine when I worked at an Italian restaurant. It is common drink in Spain and actually any bartender should be able make two wine drinks for you: Wine Spritzer and Wine Cooler. Your choice of red or white wine in glass with ice and filled with 7-up for Spritzer or soda for Cooler. It is great.


via Lifehacker by Azadeh Ensha on 5/28/09

If you don’t like how a bottle of wine tastes or if an already opened bottle starts to go bad, instead of dumping it, use soda water and ice to make it palatable.

Photo by jillclardy.

While traveling in Argentina, blogger Elizabeth Sanberg ordered a carafe of house wine, which, to her surprise, came with soda water.

She then glanced around the room and noticed that other patrons were putting ice in their wine glasses, adding soda water, and then mixing in the wine. As a result, “the otherwise mediocre house wine had some spunk to it.”

Elizabeth writes that the biggest benefit was that the wine lasted longer than it otherwise would have. The trick works on both red and white wines. The author recommends a 1/4 soda, 3/4 wine or equal parts soda water/wine ratio, but says you should feel free to find a mix that works for you. And while this simple trick might make the die-hard wine aficionado shudder, what can we say? There’s no accounting for taste.

While you’re fixing your wine-gone-bad, you may also want to school yourself on how to fix corked wine with a bowl and plastic wrap.


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