Six Spritz Recipes for Summer

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A spritz is a fun summer cocktail typically made with bitter liqueur, Prosecco or sparkling wine, and a splash of sparkling water. They’re served on ice, so they’re refreshing and perfectly ideal for warm summer weather.

Said to have been created in Venice in the 1920s, a very common spritz cocktail is the Spritz Veneziano, but there are many other delicious spritz combinations out there. So here are six summer spritz recipes we’d recommend giving a go this summer!

First off: What is a ‘spritz’? What makes a spritz a spritz?

A spritz is an aperitivo cocktail that generally consists of a bitter liqueur, Prosecco or sparkling wine, and a splash of sparkling water. Italian in origin, it is commonly served in northeast Italy as an aperitif. The original Spritz Veneziano is said to have been created in Venice in the 1920s, although diluting wine with sparkling water is on record before then.

Classic Wine Spritzer Recipe

We thought we’d start with the classic wine spritzer first, as for many it’s a go-to in summer and also quick and easy to make. A spritzer is a chilled drink that’s usually made with white wine and carbonated/fizzy water, like soda water, but they can also be made with red or rosé wine too. Here are the ingredients for a classic white wine spritzer:

Serve in a glass with ice and garnish with lemon, lime or fruit. To find out more about wine spritzers and also for more wine spritzer recipes, check out our wine spritzer blog post here.

Vermouth & Soda Recipe

Very easy to make and delisious and refreshing too, you can you red or white vermouth for easy cocktail. You can also garnish with olives and a slice of lemon for a nice touch. Here are the

  • ice
  • 50ml Vermouth (red or white)
  • sparkling water, to top up (around 200ml)

We recommend using any of Walcher’s three organic Vermouths, they’re all excellent, like the Bio Vermouth Mezzanotte Dry.

Six Summer Spritz Cocktail Recipes

The original Spritz is made with Prosecco and a bitter liqueur such as Aperol or Campari. You can of course use other liqueurs to make a spritz cocktail, such as lemon liqueur, elderflower liqueur, and more. There are all sorts of possibilities, and the true beauty of this drink is that you can come up with something that suits your own unique preferences and what you like.

What is the formula for a Spritz?

*Note, these cocktails are made with the classic 3-2-1 ratio, and for exact quantities for one cocktail, the following ratio is quite reliable:

  • 75 ml Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • 50 ml liqueur of choice
  • 25 ml soda water

The Classic Venetian Spritz Recipe

We’ll start with the classic Spritz Veneziano recipe, and this is an organic version that uses a spritz from Walcher that is very similar to Aperol Spritz. The classic recipe for this we think is:

For exact quantities, for a cocktail for one, try 75ml Prosecco, 50 ml of Walcher’s Veneziano Organic Spritz and 25 ml of sparkling/soda water. Serve in a glass with ice and the typical garnish for this would be a slice of orange.

Elderflower Spritz Recipe

This spritz is made using Gibson’s Organic Elderflower Liqueur, which is made in the Cotswolds on Gibson’s Organic Farm.

Serve in a glass with ice and garnish with a lemon or lime slice.

Limoncello Spritz Recipe

These have become more popular lately and are easy to make. You can also have them be organic with Walcher’s delicious gran gourmet organic Limencello. Here’s a simple recipe for a lemony Limoncello Spritz:

Serve in a glass with ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Blackcurrant Spritz Recipe

This is another spritz made using an organic liqueur from Gibson’s in the Cotswolds, their rich and heady Blackcurrant Liqueur. Perfect if you like Creme de Cassis or drinks like a Kir Royale.

Serve in a glass with ice and garnish with a blackberry.

Amaretto Spritz Recipe

There are different versions of this recipe, but if you love the flavour of Ameretoo/almond liqueur, then this spritz is for you. You can also add things like apple, grapefruit or lemon juice to suit your tastes. This version is made with Walcher’s fine Amaretto Deluxe Organic Liqueur.

Serve in a glass with ice and garnish with a cherry or lemon slice.

Recommended Proseccos and Sparkling Wines for Spritz Cocktails, which Prosecco to use for spritz cocktails?

Prosecco is the classic choice for spritz cocktails, but of course, you don’t have to stick to the rules here. If you’d like to go with a Prosecco, all of the organic Proseccos from Giol, which dates all the way back to 1427, come recommended, along with any of the other organic Proseccos we have available. Here are two Proseccos we’d recommend for spritz cocktails, and you can also find some further recommendations for Prosecco or sparkling wines for your spritz cocktails below.

Here are some more Proseccos and sparkling wines ideal for spritz cocktails.

Giol’s Perla Frizzante is a lightly sparkling white wine that would be ideal for spritz cocktails.

Always a good choice, our Wild Thing Prosecco is a delicious fizz that also supports the Born Free Foundation.

Giol’s Prosecco Spumante is gold-medal winning Prosecco with attractive pear-like fruits.

Bodegas Latue Bohem’s Frizzante is gentle Spanish fizz with a soft sparkle and notes of crisp green apple.

Lastly, Il Grillo di Santa Tresa Vino Spumante Brut is a top-quality Sicilian fizz made from 100% Grillo grapes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post about spritz cocktails. As always, a cheers to thinking & drinking organic 🥂

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