Those of you who have never had an aperitif sipping the Spritz? The Spritz is one of the most loved Italian cocktails as well as one of the 77 cocktails codified and recognized by the’IBA. The International Bartenders Association, the international association that brings together bartenders from all over the world. The Spritz is a simple cocktail to prepare, based on Prosecco Doc or Docg, Aperol, soda and orange. Simple but winning, since it has now become one of the symbols of the Italian aperitif in the world. On my YouTube channel you will find the video recipe in 25 seconds of the Spritz.
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History and variants of the Spritz
The Spritz was born in the nineteenth century in Veneto and precisely in Venice, where the official aperitif is now. Despite the codification of the IBA, there are numerous variations: you can find it prepared with still white wine and not with sparkling wine Or with Campari, Cynar or Select instead of Aperol. There is also the white Spritz.
Actually, the Spritz we know today is very different from the nineteenth-century one, when it was simply a local white wine ' stretched’ with a splash of carbonated water. So it was consumed by the Habsburg soldiers and to them it owes its name, since Spritz derives from “spritzen”, i.e. “spray”. Then, in the twentieth century, carbonated water was replaced by soda (and this is how the white Spritz is still prepared) and they began to add a bitter, The Select, produced in Venice. The inclusion of the Spritz in the list of official Iba cocktails codifies the version that today is reproduced all over the world, but the local variants remain numerous and resistant. Also because every city in Veneto has its own wine and its own bitter. Give it a try: you will see that good, Have a nice day!
90 milliliters of Prosecco DOP (then Doc or Docg)
60 milliliters of Aperol
a spray of soda
1 slice of orange
Ice, to taste
The Spritz is a very simple cocktail to prepare. I advise you to put the glasses in which you will serve it in the refrigerator a couple of hours in advance, so that they are well cold. Soda and Prosecco must also be cold.
The Iba also suggests the most suitable glasses to prepare the Spritz: a large wine glass, the calix type, or a low glass and wide Old fashioned style (low tumbler), like the one I used myself.
Execution is quick and easy, as you see in very short recipe video on my Youtube channel. Put ice in the glass: 5-6 cubes depending on the size. Add Aperol and prosecco. Then spray the soda and mix gently. Finally, add half a slice of orange and decorate with another slice of orange.
Serve immediately. Good aperitif!