Spring is here and it’s time to break out your shorts and your summer sippers – that’s right, it’s time for a Spritz.

While your first thought might be to Aperol, the Spritz has actually existed since the 1800’s when visitors to Italy found the wines too strong and diluted them with a spritz of water. Since then, the flat water was switched for sparkling and fortified wines or liqueurs have been added.

Make it a lower ABV by swapping out a liqueur for a bitter orange syrup mix. Or, try making it seasonal by adding in fresh muddled fruit and a complimentary flavored seltzer. Want a stronger mix? Try a spiked seltzer instead of soda!

Chilled Spritz

Chilled Spritz

Chilled Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Bitter Orange Spirit
  • 1 part Prosecco
  • 1/6 part or less Soda

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a wine glass with or without ice and stir gently, garnish with an orange slice.