Summer days are made for white wine, so when the beautifully designed Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon landed on our doorstep, we couldn’t think of anything better than to whip up a few delicious cocktails to beat the heat. We’re kicking off with a retro classic that, despite its roots from many, many moons ago, continues to stand the test of time. Choosing a dessert wine for the spritz, like this Botrytis Semillion, adds a whole new level of bold flavour. The addition of fresh lime and a garnish of sweet lemon thyme bringing out citrus flavours and add a little seasonal zing.

We’ve opted for a traditional 50/50 ratio of wine and soda for this one, but this ratio depends completely on your love of all things sweet. An 80/20 ratio in favour of the soda creates a much more subtle cocktail that is more in line with a traditional white wine spritz!

Ingredients (makes one)

60ml white dessert wine (we chose the Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon)

60ml soda water

1 lime, cut into wedges

Lemon thyme for garnish


In a highball or white wine glass, add 10 or so cubes of ice

Add wine

Add lime wedges (squeezing for a little extra lime flavour!)

Top with cold soda water and stir gently

Garnish with a sprig of lemon thyme