All hail the summer SPRITZ! I love a good summer spritzer. It’s light and refreshing, easy to drink, and lower in alcohol. Perfect for drinking outside in the sunshine; the ideal summer cocktail.
The spritz has definitely been one of my summer go-to’s. I will either fill a Zalto wine glass or two with ice cubes (I love this ice cube mold BTW… it makes perfectly square ice cubes!) and then make one or two spritzes OR make a whole pitcher of spritzes! This reader-sourced post is amazing… I’ve been referencing it all summer long as it’s chock full of summer cocktail ideas (spritzes included!) but today I wanted to talk about spritzes in particular.
11 Summer Spritzer Cocktail Recipes
The Aperol Spritz
I love making a big pitcher of these! I just go all in: 1 cup Aperol, 2 cups Prosecco, 3 cups sparkling water or club soda!
- 3 parts Sparkling Water
- 2 parts Prosecco or sparkling wine
- 1 part Aperol
Fill a big wine glass or goblet with ice and add the ingredients. Garnish with an orange wedge.
The Negroni Spritz
This one’s a little strong so I top it off with sparkling water.
- 3 parts Prosecco
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part Sweet Vermouth
Fill a big wine glass or goblet with ice and add the ingredients. Top with club soda to make it a little lighter on the alcohol. Garnish with an orange peel.
The Chambord Spritz
It’s like a Chambord Royale but lighter!
- 3 parts Sparkling Water
- 2 parts Prosecco
- 1 part Chambord
Fill a big wine glass or goblet with ice and add the ingredients. Top with sparkling water if you’re a lightweight. Garnish with a lemon wedge (I love how a little lemon juice cuts the sweetness) and top with a few fresh raspberries. You can also add a little lemon or lime juice.
The Haus Spritz
I have gotten very into Haus apertifs. The packaging is super chic, they’re much lower in sugar than Aperol or Campari, and they’re just that perfect mix of sophisticated and delicious.
You can either drink them in a highball glass with club soda, OR make them as you’d make an Aperol spritz (using that 3-2-1 formula!). I ordered a bunch of Haus product and have been trying it all. I’m going to do a big review on the blog with my favorite flavors, etc. but right now can tell you that I really like this brand and that the Peach Passionfruit and Citrus Flower are both wonderful as a spritz! I like that Haus is still a bit under the radar so when you serve it your guests will ask questions and be very curious about what they are drinking.
White Wine Spritzer
This is basically just watered down white wine and it’s delightful!
- White Wine (I like a citrusy sauvignon blanc: Josh, Oyster Bay, and Prophecy all have good ones!)
- Lemon or Lime
- Club soda
Fill a big glass with ice, add 3 parts white wine and one part club soda. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime, for extra credit add a bit of lime juice!
- Grapefruit Basil Mint Bimble (my FAV CBD seltzer!)
- Lime Juice
- Sprig of Mint
- Club soda
Fill a big glass with ice, add 3 parts Bimble, 1 part tequila, and top with club soda. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
A few more spritzers to try out!
- Elderflower Spritz – I love elderflower liqueur this time of year.
- Giada’s Rose Spritz – yummm, grapefruit and mint!
- Red Wine Spritzer – I’ve actually never made a red wine spritzer but am intrigued as I’m such a red wine person, I feel like it would be a lighter take on lambrusco.
- Blood Orange Wine Spritzer – a fancier take on the white wine spritzer!
- Grapefruit Spritzer with Tarragon Simple Syrup (so delicious and easy – remember that simple syrup is just sugar and water!)
photo of me by Allie Provost.