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
I love spritzes! 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 ¾ 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."
more cocktail recipes
Amaro Spritz Cocktails
- 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