Originally Posted by Bike N Brew
Most commercal "wine coolers" are actually malt-based...no wine.
I'd think you'd want some malt in there to avoid making cider. Maybe a low-gravity, extra-light no-hop beer, with fruit juice added in the fermenter?
I thought most wine coolers were apple based and most malt beverages were malt based. Although it seems malt beverages are on the increase in popularity vs wine coolers.
Apfelwein is a really popular, easy to make beverage that is not beer like.
Or you could experiment with some country wine recipes.
I would think you could make something like a winecooler by adding sugar free koolaid mix to something like Apfelwein. Personally I'd rather not add the koolaid and just serve it with some Sprite as has been recommended.