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Aperitivo Spritz Cocktails – four recipes

Aperitivo Spritz Cocktails. What is Spritz and why it’s so popular?

Spritz was born during the period of the Austrian domination in Veneto in the 1800s. The soldiers, merchants, diplomats and employees drank local wine, but they were not familiar with the wide variety of wines from the Veneto. The alcohol content was higher compared to the beer they usually drink back at home. The newcomers started to ask the local hosts to spray a bit of water into the wine (spritzen, in German) to make the wines lighter; the real original Spritz was composed of sparkling white wine or red wine diluted with fresh water.

In many parts of Italy, the Spritz are a trendy and simple mix of aperitivo and wine or Prosecco. Slowly the Spritz starts spreading around the world and become the one we know today with massive help from Davide Campari. The most popular Spritz these days is the Aperol Spritz. The Aperol Spritz by far is not a creation of the 21st century. The people in Italy enjoyed the Aperol Spritz since the 1950s when Aperol Spritz became a popular alternative to the usual Venetian mix of white wine and soda.

As you know, many bars and restaurants serving the Spritz in Whine Glass or Goblet but in Italy and especially Venice the bartenders prefer serving the Spritz in Thumbler-shaped glass.

I want to introduce you to four of many Aperitivo Spritz Cocktails recipes and the one I love making at home during summer days to enjoy in the afternoon.


Sour Cherry Spritz

Build directly in the glass; this Spritz is refreshing and rich in flavour.


  • 30ml Heering 200 Cherry Liqueur
  • 30ml Cointreau Liqueur
  • 90ml Prosecco
  • Top up with Soda Water
  • Garnish with Maraschino Cherry or fresh Berry.


Peach & Apricot Spritz

The Spritz is a pleasant combination of sweet and dry taste with a fantastic fruity profile.


  • 30ml Peach Liqueur
  • 30ml Apricot Liqueur
  • 90ml Prosecco
  • Top up with Soda Water
  • Add ice, stir gently and enjoy. Garnish is optional.


Spritz All Bitter

Same as the classic Spritz but with a generous splash of bitter and so refreshing taste.


  • 40ml Campari Bitter
  • 90ml Prosecco
  • Top up with Soda Water
  • Add ice, stir gently and garnish with an orange wheel or orange zest.


Hugo Spritz

Elderflower brings balanced sweetness and combines with mint and lime; you will have the most refreshing summer spritz.


  • 40ml Elderflower Liqueur (cordial for low ABV version)
  • 4 to 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Lime Wheel
  • Top up with Soda Water
  • Add ice, mint leaves and lime wheel. Pour the rest of the ingredients and stir gently and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Enjoy the selection and if you want to follow along and learn how to make it make sure you watch the video on my YouTube Channel and subscribe for more recipe uploaded weekly. Also, you can watch all of my cocktail videos directly here without leaving my website. Check all videos on my Cocktail Videos Page.

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