Raise your hand if wine coolers were the first alcoholic beverage you ever tasted.  Yeah, me too.  I have only had them a couple of times, just enough to accustom my then uninitiated palate to the world of booze.  (Cheap fruity wines such as Arbor Mist were also crucial in this role.)  I moved on and slowly broadened my horizons to the world of “real” wine and mixed drinks.

Though I now associate wine coolers with those few furtive sips as a teenager and then later in college when I was surrounded by far more experienced drinkers, I think of them as a good idea with poor execution.  Homemade wine coolers can right that wrong.  Take a fruity white wine and blend with fresh fruit and a splash of vodka.  Serve with ice and top off with a bit more wine, and suddenly you have a wine cooler worthy of sharing with guests other than college students.  I think these would be so perfect for a girls’ night in or a summer bridal shower.  I know we’ll continue to enjoy them throughout the summer.  (Be sure to check out the peach version as well!)


  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • Generous pinch of coarse salt
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles off-dry white wine, such as Riesling, chilled


  • 01

    Reserve 6-8 of the strawberries for garnish.  Add the remaining berries to a blender or food processor with the vodka, salt, and 2 cups of the white wine.  Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any fruit puree bits.  Cover and chill at least 1-2 hours.

  • 02

    To serve, fill wine glasses with ice.  Fill each glass about half full with the fruit-vodka mixture.  Top off with the remaining chilled white wine.  Garnish the glasses with reserved strawberries.


  • I’ve never had a wine cooler, in fact I never even knew what a wine cooler was exactly, but these sound delicious. I think I’m going to have to try these someday soon!

  • Too funny, I’m making these at some point this week. Ended up with a bottle of Riesling after our cookout on Sunday, and remembered these from Josie’s site. They look great – and such a far stretch from ol’ Bartles & James!

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

    Ha – oh, I remember my first wine coolers. We were soooooo cool. :)

    These look so beautiful and delicious though! Perfect for fresh strawberry season!

  • Dperl1976

    Those look awesome!

  • Erica

    I’m going to be completely honest with you: when I saw the title of this post I almost, ALMOST skipped it! But I trust you too well not to give you a chance on this one… and I’m glad I did! That recipe sounds delightful! I love the idea of blending the fresh fruit with the vodka, and then topping with wine. Definitely ups the sophistication of this drink!

    Thanks for proving me wrong :)

  • Angela

    My favorite part of this recipe is that is yields 6-8 servings ;)

  • Stephanie Ko

    These look and sound ah-mazing! I’m curious, is there a reason you don’t just put all the wine in the mix in the first place? I imagine having a not very well mixed drink..

  • This is so not fair! I’m pregnant and literally drooling at the sight of these! Do you think a lemon/lime soda or sparkling water would make for a good virgin alternative?

  • Coby

    I’m laughing out loud: “good idea with poor execution.” You hit the nail on the head! These look wonderful for summer!

  • Lynna Huynh

    I`ve never had a wine cooler before… (or any other alcoholic drinks..) but this looks refreshing! LOL

  • annieseats

    Well, it would basically just be a strawberry soda then which would be delicious, I’m sure, but probably not really like a wine cooler. Hopefully you can enjoy once once the baby is here!

  • annieseats

    Not specifically but I think it probably makes a fresher drink to have it mixed right before drinking.

  • These are beautiful! After baby arrives in August, I just might have to celebrate with one of these. Thanks!

  • Valerie

    Oh, this is definitely on my list of things to make after my late July baby arrives!! I will be ready for refreshing AND alcoholic :) Awesome!

  • These are beautiful!! I think my first taste of alcohol was Guinness–pretty much the opposite of a strawberry wine cooler! I’ve never actually had a wine cooler, but these look delicious, as I trust all your recipes to be. :)

  • You are right! So NOT the same thing. :-( Yes, I will definitely have one once the baby is here!

  • strawberry & peach wine coolers…you’re a lady after my heart! can’t wait to make them for my housewarming party in July :) thanks Annie!

  • I remember wine coolers – they tasted so good to my teenage palate! Now they taste like Kool-Aid with alcohol. Yours looks far more sophisticated and perfect for summer!

  • Wine coolers were definitely my first drink into the alcohol world. I remember thinking how strong it was too. Oh geez.

  • Caitlyn

    Yummm…we just went strawberry picking today and now I have another use for all those berries:)

  • Perhaps this puts me into the alcoholic category, but 2 oz. of vodka doesn’t seem like much at all?

  • Oh, these look fantastic! Yum! Looking so forward to making these this upcoming weekend :)

  • I also have never had a wine cooler and it looks like I have been missing out! They look so pretty and that is half the package.

  • annieseats

    Then add more :)

  • Joan

    I am going to try this recipe, but isn’t a Riesling a sweeter wine and not dry?

  • phoward336

    Wow – these sound delicious! With our strawberries overflowing the garden I think I’ll be enjoying these this weekend.

  • annieseats

    Both sweet and dry Rieslings exist. This recipe calls for off-dry, but you can use what you prefer.

  • pat1645

    I sure wish I had thought of this when hubby was bringing home quarts of strawberries every night. Seems like they are about over in our area. I think I just may have to try this with peaches or the blueberries that I will be getting later this month.

  • Made these tonight and they’re delicious! Funny how similar they are to old school wine coolers, but so much more delicious!

  • LOl… so true. I think almost every teens first drink is a wine cooler. I must give this grown up version a try!

  • So incredibly true… lol. My first drink was definitely a wine cooler. I think I need to give this grown up version a try!

  • Ashley

    Made these last night but topped them with sparkling wine for a bit of carbonation….so good and refreshing!

  • Littlefoot1947

    can’t wait to try this sounds YUUUMMEEEEE. Thanks