(Denver, CO) Aug. 1 is National Spritz Day, and with highs in the mid-80s this week, it seems like an apropos time to sip a bubbly, low-ABV cocktail in an oversized wine glass.
You can go many directions with a spritz, making a limoncello one reminiscent of Italy’s Amalfi Coast or concocting a sunset-orange Aperol Spritz, which originated in northern Italy. Spritzes are wine-based cocktails that dial up an Italian summer vibe.
The cocktail’s beauty lies in its versatility and simplicity.
We asked the bar team at Point Easy, a Whittier neighborhood restaurant, to share how to make a spritz should you observe National Spritz Day.
Here’s the three-ingredient recipe to remember:
- 2 oz spirit (you could use st. Germaine, an elderflower liqueur or limoncello)
- 2 oz. sparkling wine
- 2 oz. soda water.
- Build the drink in a glass over ice
- Garnish with a citrus slice
At Point Easy, Bar Manager Lex Madden says the team’s favorite fizzy drink is an Amaro Spritz. The team likes the line of amaros from Brooklyn-based Forthave Spirits.
“We like their ‘Red’ for a more bitter play on the classic Italian Aperol Spritz, and we love using their ‘Yellow’ Genepy for a light and floral spritz with a slightly bitter finish,” Madden says.