Spritz is a noun with a verb built-in –it’s the name of an iconic Italian pre-dinner drink but it’s also the actual launch into that time of the day where work is a fleeting memory and repose is a promise kept. Spritz is more than a combination of bubbles and bitters, it’s a mini-vacation in a glass - a gradual, refreshing ease into that state where shooting the breeze and chilling out are not just legal…they’re welcome!
Use a glass, rocks, or wine glass. Garnish with olive and orange half-wheel.
The spritz that launched a thousand spritzes, the Venetian Spritz is made with a range of bitter liqueurs, including the ubiquitous Aperol from Padua and the more locally beloved Select (thought to be the original bitter used in the Venetian Spritz). Always garnished with a skewered olive and a slice of citrus, this style of spritz is the most widely recognized classic and the standard-bearer of spritz living across Italy.
2 oz of Aperol or Campari
3 to 4 oz prosecco
2 oz soda water