Venetian Spritz Cocktail Drink

Venetian Spritz Cocktail

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for a zesty drink? Look no further than this Venetian Spritz Cocktail recipe! It’s a thrilling cocktail, brimming with zingy ingredients, and super easy to assemble.

Venetian Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Embrace the warmth with this simple Venetian Spritz recipe! Composed of Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for spring.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

162 kl

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz Select Aperitivo
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine or Balloon Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your wine glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Select: Measure and pour 2 oz Select Aperitivo into the glass.
  • Fill with Prosecco: Pour approximately 3 oz Prosecco over the ice.
  • Top with soda water: Add 1 oz soda water to the mix.
  • Stir: Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Place an orange slice into the glass for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Prosecco: Any dry sparkling wine will do the trick if you don't have Prosecco. I've used Cava and Champagne before, and both work well.
  • Select Aperitivo: Campari is a good alternative if you can't find Select Aperitivo. It's a bit bitter but still brings that citrusy sweetness. If you want something less bitter, try using Gran Classico.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Prosecco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or soda water for the fizz.
  • Select Aperitivo  Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup infused with orange peel and a touch of bitterness from some gentian roots or a dash of grapefruit juice.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Wine: Not all wines are vegan, as some use animal products in the fining process. Make sure to use a vegan Prosecco or sparkling wine.
  • Select Aperitivo: Select Aperitivo is already vegan-friendly, so no need to worry about that!
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Venetian Spritz.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
162
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
75
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Venetian Spritz Cocktail Drink

Venetian Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Embrace the warmth with this simple Venetian Spritz recipe! Composed of Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for spring.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 162

Ingredients
 

  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz Select Aperitivo
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine or Balloon Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your wine glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Select: Measure and pour 2 oz Select Aperitivo into the glass.
  • Fill with Prosecco: Pour approximately 3 oz Prosecco over the ice.
  • Top with soda water: Add 1 oz soda water to the mix.
  • Stir: Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Place an orange slice into the glass for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Prosecco: Any dry sparkling wine will do the trick if you don't have Prosecco. I've used Cava and Champagne before, and both work well.
  • Select Aperitivo: Campari is a good alternative if you can't find Select Aperitivo. It's a bit bitter but still brings that citrusy sweetness. If you want something less bitter, try using Gran Classico.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Prosecco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or soda water for the fizz.
  • Select Aperitivo  Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup infused with orange peel and a touch of bitterness from some gentian roots or a dash of grapefruit juice.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Wine: Not all wines are vegan, as some use animal products in the fining process. Make sure to use a vegan Prosecco or sparkling wine.
  • Select Aperitivo: Select Aperitivo is already vegan-friendly, so no need to worry about that!
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Venetian Spritz.

What is a Venetian Spritz Cocktail?

A Venetian Spritz Cocktail is a wine-based cocktail made of Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water. It’s garnished with a slice of orange to add an extra zing. The Venetian Spritz is relatively easy to make, requiring only the ability to measure and mix ingredients effectively. Its simplicity is part of its charm, making it accessible for home bartenders.

A side shot of a Venetian Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a yellow tray with two oranges around

What is a Venetian Spritz Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get ready with these ingredients to make your own Venetian Spritz Cocktail:

  • Prosecco: This Italian sparkling wine adds the fizz to your Venetian Spritz, making it a refreshing and bubbly cocktail.
  • Select Aperitivo: A bright orange aperitif from Italy, Select Aperitivo gives the cocktail its distinctive bitter-sweet taste and vibrant color.
  • Soda Water: It dilutes the strong flavors of the other ingredients, making the cocktail lighter and more drinkable.
  • Orange Slice: Used as a garnish, it enhances the citrus notes in the Select Aperitivo and adds a touch of freshness to your drink.

Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Venetian Spritz Cocktail?

Use our easy guide to whip up your own Venetian Spritz Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by filling a wine glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your Venetian Spritz stays chilled throughout the process.</p>

Start by filling a wine glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your Venetian Spritz stays chilled throughout the process.

2
<p>Add two parts of Select Aperitivo to the mix. Select Aperitivo is a classic Italian aperitif with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which gives the Venetian Spritz its distinctive flavor.</p>

Add two parts of Select Aperitivo to the mix. Select Aperitivo is a classic Italian aperitif with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which gives the Venetian Spritz its distinctive flavor.

3
<p>Pour three parts of Prosecco into the glass. Prosecco is an Italian white wine that adds a bubbly and refreshing touch to the cocktail.</p>

Pour three parts of Prosecco into the glass. Prosecco is an Italian white wine that adds a bubbly and refreshing touch to the cocktail.

4
<p>Incorporate one part of soda water. This will dilute the alcohol content slightly and add more fizz to your cocktail.</p>

Incorporate one part of soda water. This will dilute the alcohol content slightly and add more fizz to your cocktail.

5
<p>Stir the ingredients gently with a cocktail spoon. This will help to combine the Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water without disrupting the bubbles too much.</p>

Stir the ingredients gently with a cocktail spoon. This will help to combine the Prosecco, Select Aperitivo, and soda water without disrupting the bubbles too much.

6
<p>Garnish the cocktail with a slice of orange. The citrus adds a fresh and fruity note that complements the bitter-sweet taste of the Select Aperitivo.</p>

Garnish the cocktail with a slice of orange. The citrus adds a fresh and fruity note that complements the bitter-sweet taste of the Select Aperitivo.

History and Origin of the Venetian Spritz Cocktail

The story of this cocktail begins during Austrian rule over the Veneto region in the early 1800s. The Austrian soldiers found the local wines too strong for their taste. They added a splash of water to the wine to make it more palatable. This practice got its name from the German word ‘spritzed,’ meaning ‘to spray.’

In the early 20th century, with the advent of carbonated drinks, Italians added a spritz of soda water to their wine instead of still water and as they began experimenting with various liqueurs and bitters, different variations of the spritzers emerged.

A Venetian Spritz cocktail, shot from above, in a wine glass on a beige suraface surrounded by Prosecco, Select Aperitivo and soda water

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Venetian Spritz cocktail?
A typical Venetian Spritz cocktail contains approximately 100-120 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Venetian Spritz cocktail?
The strength of a Venetian Spritz cocktail can vary based on the amount of Prosecco and Select Aperitivo used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 11% and a proof of 22. This makes it a relatively light cocktail compared to others.
What type of alcohol is used in a Venetian Spritz cocktail?
A traditional Venetian Spritz cocktail uses Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, and Select Aperitivo , an Italian aperitif made from bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona.
In which glass is a Venetian Spritz cocktail served?
Typically, you serve a Venetian Spritz in a large wine glass or goblet to accommodate the ice and garnish.
What does a Venetian Spritz taste like?
A Venetian Spritz offers a unique blend of flavors. The Prosecco provides a bubbly sweetness, while the Select Aperitivo adds a slightly bitter but refreshing taste. Together with the splash of soda water, it creates a balanced, fruity, and slightly bitter flavor profile that's perfect for summer.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Venetian Spritz?
The classic ratio for a Venetian Spritz is 3:2:1 - three parts Prosecco, two parts Select Aperitivo , and one part soda water.
How is the Venetian Spritz served with ice?
The Venetian Spritz is typically served over ice. This helps to keep the drink cool and dilutes it slightly, balancing out the flavors.

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