Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes - Talia Baiocchi, Leslie Pariseau (2016)

SPRITZ COCKTAILS

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Built with the same blueprint as the classics, modern spritzes embrace alternative spirits and liqueurs, more diverse garnishes, fresh juices, and the architecture of other classic drink families.

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH lemon half-wheel and mint sprig


KEY INGREDIENTS: Rosé, Cocchi Americano, Papaya Shrub, Prosecco

GABRIEL ORTA & ELAD ZVI Broken Shaker, Miami, FL 
The sunshine-soaked cult of rosé has finally reached fever pitch and is now making regular appearances in cocktails all over…

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GLASS rocks • GARNISH blood orange wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Cappelletti, Blood Orange Juice, Vanilla Syrup, Prosecco

Inspired by a cocktail from New York City bartender Natasha David, the crimson-colored Tarocco Spritz is a nod to the flavor…

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH grapefruit half-wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Dolin Dry Vermouth, Suze, St-Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup

ALEX DAY Nitecap, New York City, NY
This drink was born out of the idea to create a more sippable, bubbly White Negroni (a variation on the classic using Suze, gin,…

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GLASS coupe • GARNISH lemon twist


KEY INGREDIENTS: Caraway-Infused Cocchi Americano, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Peach Preserves, Sparkling Wine

NATASHA DAVID created for Sunshine Co., Brooklyn, NY
Charged with conceptualizing a cocktail menu for Sunshine Co., a Brooklyn bar without a full liquor license, Natasha David was challenged to formulate drinks with the visage of a “real” cocktail, minus the hard spirits. One such result, the Viking Culture is meant to evoke the flavors of Scandinavia…

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GLASS double rocks or wine glass • GARNISH rosemary sprig


KEY INGREDIENTS: Braulio, Riesling, Grape Syrup, Crément

Made with a list of ingredients meant to channel the cool, glacial ferocity of the Alps, this spritz has a base of Braulio, an Italian alpine bitter that tastes of menthol and bittersweet pine. The acidic Riesling, homemade grape syrup, and aromatic…

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GLASS Collins • GARNISH 2 to 3 skewered blackberries


KEY INGREDIENTS: Blackberries, Fresh Lemon Juice, Cocchi Americano, Champagne or Sparkling Wine

DANIEL ZACHARCZUK The Varnish, Los Angeles, CA
Testing dozens of spritzes for this book revealed a universal…

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GLASS Champagne flute or wine glass GARNISH dehydrated blood orange slice or a thin slice of blood orange


KEY INGREDIENTS: Sparkling Dry Rosé, Cappelletti, Reduced Blood Orange Juice

MATTHEW BIANCANIELLO Los Angeles, CA 
Matthew Biancaniello’s specialty is hyperseasonal drinking. Each week, he forages through L.A.’s farmers’ markets and green spaces for the best produce available—filling in the gaps with goods from his own garden—and sets it all up like a veritable…

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• GLASS large tumbler or highball GARNISH orange, lemon, and lime peels


KEY INGREDIENTS: Cocchi Americano, Fino Sherry, Fresh Lemon Juice, Bittermens Orange Creme Citrate, Cava or Prosecco

GREG BEST Atlanta, GA
Greg Best’s Unnamed Go-To may be the formula that comes closest—philosophically speaking—to the ideal modern spritz recipe. Experimental, somewhat haphazard, and undeniably refreshing, this cooling mixture is the definition of insouciant style.

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GLASS rocks or wine glass • GARNISH grapefruit half-wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Cocchi Americano, Lini Lambrusco Rosato, Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Everyone should have a house spritz—a seasonal standard whose proportions are known by heart and ingredients …

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GLASS rocks • GARNISH orange half-wheel with seasonal fruit


KEY INGREDIENTS: Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Cappelletti, Cava

ADAM BERNBACH 2 Birds 1 Stone, Washington, D.C.
Admittedly obsessed with the luscious, bitter allure of Barolo Chinato, Adam Bernbach saw an opportunity to introduce the quinine-fortified wine to the classic Negroni Sbagliato template. Here, he switches the traditional sweet vermouth element for…

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH mint sprig and lemon wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: St-Germain, Mint Sprig, Prosecco

It’s since become a regional phenomenon, having been commercially co-opted by an Italian company and bottled as a ready-to-drink cocktail, but the original is still a staple in Austria and Germany. Because fresh elderflower isn’t available in the United States, the most widely available replacement…

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GLASS Collins or rocks • GARNISH 2 to 3 brandied cherries (preferably Fabbri Amarena)


KEY INGREDIENTS: Brandied Cherries or Fresh Cherries, High-Quality Balsamic Vinegar, Punt e Mes, Carpano Bianco, Prosecco

The Amarena Spritz combines three northern Italian traditions into one drink: Punt e Mes and Carpano Bianco vermouths…

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GLASS Collins • GARNISH lemon wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Byrrh Grand Quinquina, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Ancho-Infused Moscatel Sherry, Cranberry Shrub, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sparkling Wine

NATASHA DAVID Nitecap, New York City, NY
From a winter menu at NYC’s Nitecap, the Byrrh It’s Cold…

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GLASS Collins • GARNISH mint sprig and lime wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Fresh Lime Juice, Orgeat, Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao, Denizen Merchant’s Reserve Rum (or Appleton Estate Reserve Rum), Brut Champagne

MARTIN CATE Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco, CA 
Like the many maligned Mai Tai recipes floating about in the…

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GLASS rocks • GARNISH orange half-wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Pellegrino Aranciata, Zwack Amaro, Prosecco

JIM MEEHAN PDT, New York City, NY 
Jim Meehan created this melding of Italo-Hungarian ingredients for the Caffé della Posta in Bolgheri, Italy, in 2011. Zwack siblings Sandor and Izabella (who produce Zwack amaro and Unicum in Hungary) opened the café in the town where they…

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH orange twist


KEY INGREDIENTS: Strega, Cognac, Cappelletti, Fresh Lemon Juice, Angostura Orange Bitters, Sparkling Wine

WILL ELLIOTT Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY 
The base ingredient in Will Elliott’s complex spritz is the idiosyncratic saffron-infused Strega, a brilliant yellow bitter liqueur whose name means “witch” in Italian. Named after Giuseppe Alberti, who founded the Strega distillery in 1860…

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH orange twist


KEY INGREDIENTS: Vergano Americano, Les Capriades Pet’Sec

JORGE RIERA Wildair, New York City, NY 
This naturalist take on the spritz has become a staple at the New York natural wine bar Wildair. A combination of Mauro Vergano Americano, which is made from Grignolino grapes sourced from Piedmontese natural wine producer Cascina…

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GLASS wine glass • GARNISH lemon wheel, grapefruit slice, and edible flowers


KEY INGREDIENTS: Dry Rosé, Lillet Rosé, Hibiscus Tea, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Aperol, Sparkling Wine

NATASHA DAVID Nitecap, New York City, NY 
This explosion of flower-garnished pinkness was inspired by a traditional sangria template, but instead of white or red wine, Natasha David swapped in rosé and layered it with a splash of bitter Aperol and the subtly sweet punch of Lillet Rosé. Hibiscus…

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GLASS coupe • GARNISH 2 Castelvetrano olives


KEY INGREDIENTS: Amaro Nardini, Aperol, Fresh Lemon Juice, Castelvetrano Olive Brine, Prosecco

KENENIAH BYSTROM Essex, Seattle, WA 
This drink is a riff on another cocktail called the Sweet Olive…

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• GLASS Collins or rocks GARNISH orange wheel


KEY INGREDIENTS: Aperol, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Prosecco

TERRONI, Los Angeles, CA 
The Aperol Betty is barely more than a glorified, bittersweet…