By Kate Davies
It may only be Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already be thinking about Friday! This is also a great recipe to stick in your pocket for Valentine’s Day. <3
Meet the Spritz, a festive, quaffable winner of a cocktail that is the essence of easygoing and stylish. In Italy, the Spritz has seen a surge in popularity during the last decade, and it’s catching on among cocktail lovers everywhere. Low in alcohol, refreshing and colorful, the Spritz is a basic combination of ingredients that lends itself to exploration and experimentation. Aperitivo (plural Aperitivi) and Amaro (Amari) are two of the terms used to describe the many bittersweet liqueurs that form the foundation of Spritz, along with fizz and a bit of citrus.
We have found that some Spritz style cocktails lend themselves well to big batches, which can be prepared in advance and kept at the ready when your guests need a refill. Low-alcohol batch cocktails are a great choice for big gatherings, where guests can help themselves without over-indulging. When the weather is warm, it’s lovely to have a pitcher or a punchbowl of something colorful and refreshing to pour over ice and top off with bubbs. Here’s what we’ve learned after extensive, delicious recipe testing.
Aperitivo style liqueurs such as Aperol, Campari, and Cappelletti (or Amari like Cynar and Amaro Nonino) have complex, nuanced flavors along the spectrum between bitter and bitter-sweet. Don’t let that turn you off; paired with prosecco and fruit juice these liqueurs can make incredibly refreshing cocktails. We love fresh grapefruit and blood orange juices, in addition to the typical lemon and orange. Fresh citrus gives drinks a tart, refreshing quality without being too sweet.
When you choose your fizzy component, try to keep it simple. Good-quality prosecco (you don’t need top quality, just avoid the cheaper stuff) or club soda have a clean, crisp quality that allows your other ingredients to shine.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you can combine the Aperitivo and fresh citrus in equal parts to form the basis of your Spritz. Grab some bottles of bubbles, and you’re ready to party! I’ve shared a recipe for our favorite Spritz to give you an idea, but much of the fun can be found in trying different combinations and discovering something new.
Seattle SpritzPrint Recipe
- Rocks glass filled with ice
- 1 oz Cappelletti
- 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (Cara Cara if you can)
- Prosecco to the brim
- Half an orange slice
Combine the Cappelletti and orange juice in equal parts.
Add 2 oz of the mix to a rocks glass with ice
Top with Prosecco
Garnish with half an orange slice
If you’d like to dive into the world of Amaro, here are some fantastic resources to guide you:
Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Leslie Parizeau and Talia Baiocchi