Amaro spritz seems to be a controversial drink these days. The New York Times wrote a story saying that the Aperol spritz is a bad drink, which I disagree with. Using Aperol, Campari or any of your favorite Amari (Cynar? Great! Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro? delicious!), you can make an amaro spritz with just amaro, bubbles — cava, prosecco, or champagne — and soda water. Top with a slice of orange, and you have a great drink on your hands.
why a spritz is a good drink, contrary to what the NYTimes has to say
So, I read that whole article, and the author’s contention with the spritz as a drink basically comes down to the use of bad prosecco, making a spritz cloyingly sweet and tasting like “children’s medicine.”
OK, so if we just use a good dry bubbly wine, then it’s a good drink, don’t you agree?
I particularly love using an amaro that I would enjoy neat or mixed with vermouth – I recently tried out the Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro and thought it was just lovely, both on its own and in cocktails. It has a juice, floral flavor and feels very sophisticated. I’m also a sucker for good branding, and I love their design.
So enjoy a spritz, just use good ingredients!
how to make an aperol spritz, step by step
Aperol Spritz is a 3-2-1 recipe.
First, take a glass and fill it 3/4 full with ice.
Take 3 ounces of prosecco or your favorite bubbly wine. Prosecco, cava, champagne, whatever
Pour in 2 ounces of your favorite Amaro. I made this recipe with Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro.
Top with 1 ounce of club soda and a slice of orange.
what is amaro spritz?
Amaro is Italian for “bitter.” Usually amari are drunken after dinner, as a digestif, to help digest everything. Folks traditionally drink amari neat, but in the past couple of years, amari has gotten popular over ice, with gin and vermouth – a Negroni, or in spritzy type drinks.
Amaro is “typically produced by macerating herbs, roots, flowers, bark, and/or citrus peels in alcohol, either neutral spirits or wine, mixing the filtrate with sugar syrup, and allowing the mixture to age in casks or bottles.”
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- 3 oz of sparkling wine – cava, prosecco, or champagne
- 2 oz of your favorite Amaro – i made this with Lo-Fi’s Gentian Amaro
- 1 oz of club soda
- orange wedge for serving
- Pour ice into the glass
- Pour in prosecco, followed by amaro, followed by club soda
- Garnish and serve
Keywords: Aperol spritz, campari spritz, amaro sprits