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Six spritz cocktails in a variety of glasses on a table outside.

6 Spritz Recipes to Get You Through Summer

Written by: Austen Roe

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The spritz will be the drink of the summer - but that doesn't mean you have to stick to the ever popular Aperol Spritz (though, we wouldn't blame you). Incredibly simple to make, these all have under 4 ingredients, are built in the glass and are endlessly sippable.

Let's start with one you've heard of, and may have already tried. A patio staple, the Aperol Spritz is a go-to on summer cocktail menus across the country. Aperol is a vibrant orange flavored aperitif, Campari's more fun cousin. More sweet than bitter, you can adjust this spritz to taste depending on how much of the sugary taste you can handle. Make one of these, and it'll feel like you're on vacation - at least for a little while.

Aperol Spritz

Ingredients:

2 oz. Aperol (add more to taste)

3 oz. prosecco

1 oz. sparkling water

sliced orange for garnish


Method:

  1. Fill your glass (this one is the Phoebe Cobalt Universal Wine Glass) with ice.
  2. Build the drink in glass by adding the Aperol, prosecco and top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with fresh orange slices.
  4. Don't forget to adjust for taste! The beauty of a spritz is it's casual nature - don't feel to precious about the ratios.

An Aperol Spritz in a Phoebe Cobalt Wine Universal Glass.

Next let's try another light, sweet spritz that's quickly gaining popularity: the Hugo Spritz. Featuring St. Germain (a sweet elderflower liqueur) and muddled mint, it's more herbaceous than citrus-y. It's is a refreshing cocktail that begs to be sipped by the water. Is this Lake Como, or your porch?

Hugo Spritz

Ingredients:

1 sprig mint for muddling

1 oz. St. Germain (or similar elderflower liqueur)

4 oz. prosecco

1 oz. sparkling water

mint and sliced lemon to garnish


Method:

  1. In a large glass (we used the Marrakech Red Wine Glass), add the St. Germain and sprig of mint. Muddle for 30 seconds to meld the flavors.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Build the remainder of the drink in glass by adding the prosecco and topping with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with another sprig of mint and freshly sliced lemon.

A Hugo Spritz in a Marrakech Red Wine Glass by Caskata.

Those sound a little too sweet? If you're a Negroni fan, you probably have Campari in your cabinet. This bitter aperitif is the perfect match for a dry sparkling wine, and is light and refreshing after the addition of sparkling water in a Campari Spritz. Simple, classic, and oh-so-easy to make.

Campari Spritz

Ingredients:

2 oz. Campari

3 oz. prosecco

1 oz. sparkling water

green olives for garnish


Method:

  1. Fill your glass (we used a Quinn Citrine Red Wine Glass) with ice.
  2. Build the drink in glass by adding the Campari, prosecco and top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with a cocktail pick of green olives (don't knock it 'till you've tried it).

A Campari Spritz in a Quinn Citrine Red Wine Glass by Caskata.

Want something a little stronger? This recipe comes from Malfy Gin, who makes the  beautiful petal pink grapefruit flavored Rosa Gin. The Amalfi Sunset Spritz is perfect for a summer get together and will easily impress guests thanks to it's pretty garnishes - but it'll only take a few moments to pull together. 

Amalfi Sunset Spritz

Ingredients:

1 oz. Malfy Rosa Gin

2 oz. prosecco

2 oz. grapefruit sparkling water

sliced strawberries, orange and thyme for garnish


Method:

  1. Fill your glass (this is the Phoebe Clear Stemless Wine Glass) with ice.
  2. Build the cocktail in the glass by adding the gin, prosecco and sparkling water.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with the strawberries, orange and thyme (fruit salad, anyone?).

An Amalfi Sunset Spritz in a Phoebe Clear Stemless Wine Glass by Caskata.

This one's a deeper cut, but once you try it you'll be making it every weekend. Known for it's striking blue glass bottle, Italicus is a bergamot and citron scented rosolio (Italian liqueur). It's layered floral and citrus flavor shines in the simple Italicus Spritz. Sip this simple but elegant cocktail on the hottest summer days.

Italicus Spritz

Ingredients:

1 oz. Italicus Rosolio de Bergamotto

3 oz. sparkling water

green olives and sliced grapefruit for garnish


Method:

  1. Fill your glass (we used a Chatham Bloom Highball) with ice.
  2. Build the drink in glass by adding the Italicus and topping with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with green olives and a fresh slice of grapefruit.

An Italicus Spritz in a Chatham Bloom Highball Glass by Caskata.

We couldn't pull this collection together without celebrating one of the ever expanding list of non-alcoholic aperitifs on the market. Just because you're abstaining from alcohol doesn't mean you can't have a complex and refreshing afternoon tipple. Our Sensible Spritz uses Martini's Vibrante, which has a flavor reminiscent of a botanical red vermouth and is highlighted by the addition of fragrant rosemary. Cheers!

Sensible Spritz

Ingredients:

1 oz. Martini Vibrante

3 oz. sparkling water

rosemary to garnish


Method:

  1. In a large champagne glass (we used the Quinn Rose Champagne Flute), build the cocktail by adding the Vibrante and topping with the sparkling water.
  2. Garnish with fresh rosemary (pro tip: roll the sprig of rosemary between your palms for a few moments to release the aroma).

A Sober Spritz in a Quinn Rose Champagne Flute by Caskata.
Six glasses with colorful spritz cocktails and a variety of garnishes on a floral tablecloth.

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