Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau and Editors of PUNCH

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  • Americano

    • Kjohns101 on June 16, 2020

      Perfect for a hot summer night. I added a couple olives with the orange and loved it.

    • Totallywired on February 12, 2019

      Classic

  • Diamond spritz fizz

  • Hugo spritz

    • TrishaCP on April 02, 2018

      I could drink this all afternoon in warm weather. Light and refreshing.

    • Yildiz100 on October 06, 2018

      This version is quite dry-light on the Saint Germain.

  • Venetian spritz

    • meggan on November 20, 2017

      Iconic. I add a dash of soda water for a spritzier drink. Don't forget the olives!

  • Punch House spritz

    • meggan on July 31, 2017

      I had to sub in a sparkling rose but that was good too. I might at a dash of Peychaud's next time for interest.

  • Bicicletta

    • Yildiz100 on September 22, 2017

      I like this spritz which uses white wine in place of the prosecco almost as much as a traditional spritz. My favorite way to use up white wine that I don't like on its own.

  • Nero chinato spritz

    • Yildiz100 on February 20, 2017

      Very nice drink that is fresh and fruity with a hint of bitterness. I thought it was a little tart so next time I will reduce the lemon to one tablespoon. Recipe says to add equal parts sparkling water and champagne. I measured and ended up using 1/4 cup of each.

  • Sippy cup

    • Yildiz100 on February 16, 2018

      Like a grown up coke with just a hint of lime and ginger.

    • Totallywired on August 16, 2019

      Decent. Needs a better name. Not meaningfully better than other more straight forward ginger-based drinks.

  • Amarena spritz

    • mjes on September 26, 2021

      An interesting use of vinegar in a cocktail independent of the shrub movement. A very pleasant drink.

  • Negroni sbagliato

  • Mont Blanc fizz

  • Americano perfecto

    • Totallywired on August 06, 2019

      Nice variation on a classic. Would not call it "perfecto" - it does not improve on the original.

  • Italian tuna salad

    • skvalentine on September 19, 2022

      Really good! I didn't have oil-packed tuna, so I'm sure this would be even better if I had. I added about twice the amount of olives. Might had chopped pepperoncini next time. Excellent flavor!

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    ...is best read and enjoyed by a pool or in a piazza in Italy, sun shining and drink bubbling. It's an effervescent look at Italy's aperitivo cocktail culture...

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  • Saveur.com

    Come, take a trip to Spritzerland, where no bottle of bubbly is safe and Italy's best pool-party cocktail gets the spotlight it justly deserves.

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  • ISBN 10 1607748851
  • ISBN 13 9781607748854
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  • Published Mar 15 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 176
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

A narrative-driven book on the surprising history and current revival of spritz cocktails (a wine-based drink served as an aperitif), with 50 recipes, including both historical classics and modern updates.

From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, the spritz—Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail—has become synonymous with a leisurely, convivial golden hour. But the spritz is more than just an early evening cocktail—it’s a style of drinking. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and culture, explore the evolution of aperitivo throughout Northern Italy, and document the spritz’s revival around the world. From regional classics to modern variations, Spritz includes dozens of recipes from some of America’s most lauded bartenders, a guide to building a spritz bar, and a collection of food recipes for classic Italian snacks to pair alongside.


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