13 Spritzes You Can Make in Minutes
'Tis the season for bubbles, aperitifs, and outdoor entertaining.
As someone who spent much of her life in New England, I can personally attest that there are few feelings better than enjoying that first spritz at the end of the long, gloomy tunnel of winter. Maybe it's that Aperol Spritz ordered on a Thursday happy hour, or maybe you're finally heading on vacation to a warmer locale and you're about to be knee deep in Suze, Cappelletti, Cynar, and other aperitifs that lend themselves to spritz-making. While nothing beats ordering a spritz al fresco (bonus points if you find a bar that brings out some nuts or potato chips to snack on alongside your drink), spritzes tend to be incredibly easy to make at home. Most don't require the use of a cocktail shaker, and call for three or four versatile ingredients that you can later enjoy on the rocks, in more complex cocktails, or even in your baking. Read on for 13 spritzes you can make in minutes.
Meet the perfect marriage of an egg cream and an Aperol spritz.
If you find Aperol too sweet, Cappelletti might be your new favorite aperitif.
This elderflower liqueur spritz is perfect for a garden party.
Yuzu Amaro Spritz
This citrus-forward, herbaceous spritz comes together in minutes.
The Milady's Spritz is a testament to the bubbly powers of Lambrusco.
This spritz from The Elysian Bar in New Orleans is an ideal aperitif, boasting sweet tangerine, herbal sage, and mild licorice flavors. It's slightly bitter and refreshing, just the thing to sip while eating a few light bites at the end of the day. The spritz is garnished with a dehydrated lemon slice — brushing it with simple syrup helps it keep its crispy, sweet texture.
Campari is the slightly bitter cousin of Aperol, an Italian aperitif known as the star ingredient of the popular Aperol Spritz. Here, we swap out the slightly sweeter Aperol with Campari, and mix in a little blood orange juice, Prosecco, and grapefruit flavored sparkling water for an altogether refreshing cocktail. Make on a hot summer day, sit back, and dream of sitting in a café on the Italian Riviera.
Ruby Red Spritz
This rosy, bittersweet aperitif will prime your appetite. If you want it sweeter, add a dash of simple syrup, or replace the fizzy soda water with a splash of grapefruit soda.
Fizzy and refreshing, this spritz is the perfect balance of bitter, tart, and sweet. The Aperol and lime juice balance the sugary Concord grape wine while dry sparkling wine gives it a bubbly finish.
The Pineau Spritz is a product of a looming apéro dînatoire and an excess of half-drunk bottles of sweet Pineau des Charentes and dry sparkling wine in the fridge. The combination of lightly fruity Pineau with plenty of citrus and bubbles (plus bitters and honey syrup) makes for a drink worthy of company on even the tightest of timelines.
Cucumber Rose Gin Spritz
A classic combination of gin, lemon, and club soda gets a refreshing twist with cucumber, basil, and black cardamom infused syrup. Dried rose petals add a subtle floral flavor and act as a beautiful garnish.
Earl Grey–Aquavit Spritz
Honey simple syrup is even easier to prepare than standard simple syrup; just vigorously stir together honey and water until well combined. The mellow, floral sweetness of the honey syrup pairs perfectly a touch of lemon in this tea-infused cocktail.
The Aperol Spritz — a simple combination of Aperol, Prosecco, and club soda — is easily one of the most celebrated summer cocktails. This recipe is a frozen twist on the classic, and includes orange liqueur for even more orange flavor. Food & Wine's Justin Chapple originally developed a version of the recipe for Pepe's Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and streamlined it here so it's easy to make in a home blender. For the best results, allow the Aperol cubes to freeze overnight.
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