You only need 2 ingredients for these Fruit Sorbet and Sparkling Wine Floats! Make them kid-friendly with sparkling grape juice for a fun summer treat.
Wine Sorbet Floats
Special occasions call for something beautiful, bubbly, and delicious… Like these amazing Sparkling Wine Floats! Fizzy wine and fresh fruit are blended together and frozen for an easy, boozy sorbet, then it’s topped with more wine for a cold, sweet treat!
This easy recipe can be customized for your flavor preferences, your budget, even your color palate! It’s perfect for bridal showers, weddings, parties, and more. Simply find your favorite fruit, pair it with a complementary sparkling wine, and give your freezer a few hours to work.
Ingredients for Sparkling Wine Floats:
Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need for this recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below. I’m giving 2 fruit + wine pairing suggestions here, but I’ll add some more general ideas later in the post, too!
- Fruit – I used mango and strawberry, but there are tons of fruits you could try! Blueberries, pineapples, and cherries would also make great choices.
- Sweet Sparkling Wine – This creates that fizzy texture we love in a good float! You can easily make this alcohol-free and kid-friendly with sparkling grape juice. I used two flavorful blended sparkling wines (Gloria Ferrer VA de VI and Blanc de Noirs) for two different flavors. Prosecco is a low-carb option that would work, too. Dry wines will be less sweet, so keep that in mind.
You will need a blender and a couple freezer-safe bowls as well. If you are using a very dry sparkling wine, you may wish it were a bit sweeter–You can adjust this by blending in a little simple syrup or honey when making the sorbet. If you choose a blended sparkling wine like I did, you likely won’t need any additional sweetener.
How to Make Sparkling Wine Sorbet Floats
This recipe is simple and requires no cooking at all! You’ll need a blender and time for the sorbet to freeze, but it requires very little effort. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making these delicious dessert drinks.
Blend together fruit and part of the sparkling wine until smooth. Different fruits may need slightly different amounts–You generally just want to make sure you add enough liquid that it becomes beautifully smooth.
If you used a dry sparkling wine, it may not be super sweet. Taste the blended mixture; if you want it sweeter, consider blending in a little honey or simply syrup. Once it meets your expectation, pour mixture into a freezer-safe bowl and allow it to freeze for at least 6 hours.
Scoop a spoonful or two into a glass and top with more sparkling wine. Serve immediately with fruit garnish if you’d like.
What to serve with sparkling wine floats
A fruity, cold beverage like this deserves to be served with a beautiful, fresh snack as well. Spring and summer produce would make a great happy hour or brunch! Try these delicious snacks and treats:
- Brie & Blackberry Tarts – SO easy with a great salty-sweet combination (you could try this cherry version, too)!
- Strawberry & Honey Goat Cheese Bites – Love the salty-sweet combination, and the presentation is perfect for showers and party spreads!
- Grilled Zucchini Mozzarella Wraps – Perfect for a savory, melty appetizer & low carb! Grilled Zucchini Salad is another version we love.
- The Perfect Charcuterie Board – Easy, low-carb, and no cooking required! More time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
- Caprese Galette – A beautiful way to show off your fresh farmer’s market produce! If you want something a bit easier, this Caprese Salad is a simple favorite!
Can I make Sparkling Wine Floats ahead of time?
You can definitely make the sorbet ahead of time! Store it in the freezer for up to two weeks. Do not pour the sparkling wine over the sorbet until you are ready to serve, though–It will cause the sorbet to melt!
How can I make a non-alcoholic version of Sparkling Wine Floats?
To make a non-alcoholic fruit sorbet and float, you can substitute sparkling white grape juice or any alcohol-free wine. If you’re having trouble finding non-alcoholic wines in your area, you could check out DryDrinker, a website that specializes in low-alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks. It makes an excellent dairy-free, caffeine-free alternative to coke floats for kids when using the sparkling grape juice, too!
After you find your non-alcoholic beverage, use your liquid exactly as the recipe states — Blend with the fruit and freeze for the sorbet, then pour over 1-2 scoops of sorbet for the float. The mixture without alcohol will likely freeze faster, meaning you can enjoy these even quicker!
Fruit & Wine Sorbet Flavor Ideas
For mine, I paired the VA de VI (a blend with peachy, lemon, berry, and vanilla notes) with the mango. It was light and a little citrusy without being overwhelming. For the strawberry sorbet, I blended the berries with the Blanc de Noris (a blend with strawberry, cherry, and vanilla). This really felt like a delicious taste a of spring–Very strong strawberry flavor and perfectly sweet! Here are some other ideas:
- Raspberries + Champagne
- Peach + Prosecco
- Pears + Strawberries + Rosé
If you like these floats, you’ll love these boozy treats:
- Mango Moscato Smoothie – This 2-ingredient smoothie starts with frozen fruit, making it a quick alternative to these floats!
- Low Carb Strawberry Margarita Popsicles – These are made using a keto simple syrup, so you don’t have to worry about too much sugar intake!
- Raspberry Red Wine Slushies – These are especially nice for New Years’ and other special occasions! You’ll love the chocolate whipped cream, too.
- Vanilla Bourbon Iced Latte – This simple, creamy drink with a kick is perfect on a chilly evening!
- Keto Mango Margaritas – These frozen blended drinks are delicious and low-carb!
For more, check out this list of 16 Refreshing Summer Drinks You Can’t Live Without!
- 2 heaping cups of frozen mango
- 1/3 cup VA de VI Sparkling Wine (or sparkling grape juice)
- 2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine (or sparkling grape juice)
- For the Mango Sorbet: Place the mango and wine in the blender and blend until smooth. Place mixture in the freezer for at least 6 hours.
- For the Strawberry Sorbet: Place the strawberry and wine in the blender and blend until smooth. Place mixture in the freezer for at least 6 hours.
- To assemble: Place two scoops of sorbet in a cup and pour chilled wine over the sorbet.
- The amount of wine needed depends on the consistency of your fruit. You want to add enough liquid so that it blends smoothly, but not so much that it's runny.
- If you are using a dry sparkling wine, you may find that it's not very sweet. If you'd like to sweeten your sorbet, try blending in a little simple syrup or honey to taste.