Sometimes you just need an aperitif to get things started or in the case of this Cocktail Hour’s choice, a Spritz Veneziano, something refreshing on a hot day.
I can hear you thinking “What the hell is a Spritz Veneziano? I’ve only heard of an Aperol Spritz!”. Well, it’s the same thing. Aperol just was the first one to market it really, really well.
This wine based cocktail dates back to the 1800s and is rumoured to have been started in Venice, Italy and has its origin in the Austrian “spritzer”. The Spritzer is another wine based drink that consists of equal parts white wine and soda water, the Venetians just gave it their own twist!
Spritz Veneziano Cocktail
The basis for the Spritz Veneziano is a spumante prosecco, a sparkling white wine from northeastern Italy. Be careful when you buy prosecco as it comes in 3 varieties; sparkling (spumante), semi-sparkling (frizzante) and still (tranquillo). Oh yeah, prosecco is not a brand either, it’s a type of wine.
To give it its colour either Aperol, Campari or other liqueurs are added, such as Cynar or Select. Contrary to popular use, the drink should be served in a Old Fashioned Glass over ice, not in a large wine glass. Capisci?!
Making your Spritz Veneziano
Making cocktails is really not hard, or at least it shouldn’t be. The key as a beginner is to stick to the ingredients and the measurements indicated in the recipe.
What you need:
- 60ml prosecco – try Porta Dante or Bisol from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Region in northeastern Italy
- 40ml liqueur/bitter – Select, Aperol, Campari, Cynar
- Splash of soda water
- Orange wheel
Grab your Old Fashioned glass and fill with ice. Poor the prosecco slowly along the side of the glass to retain as much bubble in the process. Then add your liqueur of choice and top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with an orange wheel.
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