Looking for one of the Best Summer Cocktails?! If so, you should try what the Italians call “Summer in a Glass!”
My first introduction to the Spritz was last May in Milan, Italy. The second night there we looking for a table worthy of people watching to have cocktails in the Navigli Grande. Once we found the spot, we noticed everyone was drinking an orange cocktail on ice with a slice of orange in it so we proceeded to follow their lead. Our cocktail waitress told us it was an Aperol Spritz so we gave it a shot and immediately fell in love with it. She mentioned that you could replace the Aperol with Campari, Cynar, or Gran Classico for a different flavor. After my first round with Aperol, I switched to the Campari Spritz and it became my Spritz of choice. I probably should have tried the other options too, but never got around to them. Julianne stuck with the Aperol and I stayed with the Campari Spritz. We basically Spritz’s our way around Italy!
Here are the ingredients you need to make your Spritz:
Aperol or Campari
Wine Glass (I personally prefer to put them in a Brandy Snifter because I like a glass with a lower center of gravity. A highball glass would also be a good substitute)
- Fill your glass with ice
- Add 1 ¼ oz of Aperol or Campari (no one will complain if you get 2 oz in there)
- Add 2 oz of Prosecco (pro tip: I buy the small bottles 187ml if there is only going to be a few of you so you don’t have to open a large bottle)
- Add a splash of Soda water
- I normally use a spoon and give it a gentle swirl
- Garnish with an orange wedge
Here is a how to video on making the Spritz!
One very important thing to note is the alcohol content between the Aperol and Campari are not the same, which I didn’t know it until much later. Aperol is 11% alcohol and Campari is 20.5-28% alcohol which makes a huge difference because they go down pretty easily on a hot day. I wondered why after two Spritzes, Julianne wasn't feeling much of anything and I was a little more, shall we say, contento!
Enjoy the Spring and Summer warm weather and let me know which version of the Spritz you like!