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Italian Spritz Veneziano

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If you have ever been to Italy in the summer then you know that sipping on a Spritz is practically mandatory!

This classic spritz cocktail is a refreshing aperitif that will transport you to a cafe chair overlooking a piazza — And here is the best part: depending on where you are in Italy, there are actually a few different versions of the spritz cocktail to enjoy. One version you may know uses Aperol, and the other one uses Campari.

Also, in Venice, white wine such as Pinot Grigio is used instead of Prosecco, and soda water is used to top off the drink and give it a little sparkle.

Originating in Northeastern Italy, the spritz can now easily be found all over the world. What makes this Campari-based version just a little different is the addition of Cerignola olives  — These are larger olives that still have their pit.

The only difficult part is deciding if you want it with Aperol or Campari.

Give this version a try and let us know what you think.

Italian Spritz Veneziano

Servings 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Aperol or Campari
  • 3 parts chilled white wine such as Pinot Grigio Prosecco is often used in place of the wine
  • soda water to top
  • ice
For garnish:
  • 2 orange slices (if making with Aperol)
  • 2 Cerignola olives (if making with Campari)
  • thin lemon slice (if making with Campari)

Instructions

  • In a wine glass filled halfway with ice cubes add the Aperol or Campari. Follow this with the chilled white wine and top with soda water.
  • Add a green olive to the bottom of a small skewer. Drop your orange slice (Aperol) or lemon slice (Campari) into the glass and give the cocktail a light stir with the skewered olive.
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Let us know what you think. Enjoy!

 

Article body photos by Lorianne DeVita 

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