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Everything you need to know about Spritz

If you’ve ever perused glamorous coffee table books of idyllic Italian settings with fine food and enviable cocktails, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the large wine glasses of iced orange liquid that looks like sunshine in a cup. The name of that orange beverage is ‘Spritz’, and it’s decidedly wonderful. What is Spritz, you ask? Read on to find out the whole Spritz meaning and discover some of the world’s most delicious non-alcoholic Spritz recipes that ever existed.

What is Spritz?

The bubbly, incandescent Spritz is a revelation traditionally made with Prosecco, a bitter liqueur (such as Aperol), and sparkling soda water served over ice and garnished with an orange slice. As a classic Italian aperitif, it’s the perfect cocktail for those glorious, lazy hours before dinner, when you’re settling in for the feast ahead and enjoying your well-deserved hours of downtime.

The Spritz is a drink from Northern Italy, with an origin that dates back to the 1800s when Venice was part of the Austrian Empire. During this time, it’s believed that Austrian soldiers would gather in taverns to enjoy the local wines of Veneto, which they diluted with water to lower their drink’s alcohol content (they were way ahead on the mindful drinking thinking). Ultimately, the idea of combining white wine with soda water became the whole Spritz meaning.

Traditionally, Prosecco is the wine of choice for a Spritz. This wine derives from the very birthplace of the Spritz, the Veneto region, and has a relatively low alcohol content of around 12%, making it an easy-to-drink option for pre-dinner drinks. Thankfully though, we can all enjoy a non-alcoholic Spritz that excludes the wine without affecting the flavour or essence of the Spritz. Try these non-alcoholic Spritz recipes to experience a non-alcoholic Spritz that looks, tastes, and sashays around the palate just like the original!

When should I drink Spritz?

The Spritz is typically served as an aperitif during the late afternoon—the time of day that’s too late for lemonade but too early for whiskey. It’s best served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and unwind at the end of the day and, as a result, is usually lighter on alcohol and more bitter than sweet. But really, I’d suggest enjoying a Spritz whenever you feel like it (particularly if you’re enjoying a non-alcoholic Spritz) because it’ll be exceptionally tasty whether or not you enjoy it with food.

What does it taste like?

The Spritz is unquestionably delicious, with a perfect balance between bitter and sweet. Often called ‘summer in a glass’, the Spritz tastes like summertime in Italy and looks like a golden sunset on a sunny day. Each mouthful provides a citrusy, bubbly, refreshing flavour that pairs perfectly with any season and any meal.

While the flavour of the Spritz is charming as it is, it’s quite easy to adjust its taste to suit your needs. Whether you like your beverage with less alcohol or slightly sweeter, there’s a range of amazing non-alcoholic Spritz recipes and variations for a sweeter Spritz to suit different tastes.

Make it sweeter

Aperol’s bitterness can take some getting used to; make it sweeter by using a lower ratio of Aperol (or bitters) and more Prosecco (or wine substitute for your non-alcoholic Spritz)

Make it non-alcoholic

The average Spritz contains around 11% ABV (alcohol by volume). To reduce it further, use a larger ratio of soda water and less Aperol and Prosecco or use Lyre’s range of impossibly crafted Spritz mixers to create a phenomenal non-alcoholic Spritz that looks and tastes just like the original. Our non-alcoholic Spritz recipes are giggle-juice free so that you can enjoy Spritz after Spritz with fewer calories and no pesky hangover!

Best non-alcoholic Spritz recipes

Lyre’s Blood Orange Spritz

This amazing non-alcoholic Spritz is a nod to the flavours, attitude and colour of the Sicilian blood orange. Sweet, bitter and downright refreshing, this all-occasion Spritz can be served whenever you need that Aperitivo feeling. Saluti!

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Orange Sec
  • 30mL Lyre’s Italian Orange
  • 90mL premium blood orange soda
  • Blood orange (garnish)
  • Rosemary (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into a large or stemless wine glass
  2. Fill with ice and stir
  3. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and a fragrant sprig of rosemary

Lyre’s Spritz #2

Have you seen the well-to-do, up-and-down Park Avenue with this delicious beverage in their mitts? Take Dry London Spirit, add Italian Orange, then drizzle with soda, and you too will be Puttin’ on the Spritz.

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
  • 30mL Lyre’s Italian Orange
  • 90mL premium Yuzu soda
  • 2 pink grapefruit slices
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Thyme (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into a large or stemless wine glass
  2. Fill with fresh cubed ice
  3. Garnish with an aromatic thyme sprig

Lyre’s Winter Spritz

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this Spritz is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go, let it pour, let it pour, let it pour.

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso
  • 30mL Lyre’s Italian Orange
  • 45mL grapefruit juice
  • 1sp premium cinnamon syrup
  • 60mL premium bottled tonic water
  • Grapefruit (garnish)
  • Rosemary (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into a Highball glass
  2. Fill with fresh ice
  3. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig

Lyre’s Festival Spritz

To start your own music festival, you need the following: a large family estate in the country, a great uncle in the music biz, and this non-alcoholic Spritz recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
  • 30mL Lyre’s Aperitif Dry
  • 90mL premium bottled Mediterranean tonic water
  • Thin cucumber slice
  • 4 strawberry pieces
  • Mint (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients over ice in a large stemless wine glass
  2. Give it a little stir
  3. Garnish with a plump mint sprig

Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz

To begin, pour yourself a tall glass of this refreshing, slightly citrusy beverage. Now, lie in the sun, close your eyes and say ‘Positano… Salerno… Amore.’ Presto! You’re now an Italian Countess and sole heiress to your Grandfather’s silk empire.

You’ll need:

  • 60mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
  • 60mL Lyre’s Classico (a homage to prosecco)
  • 30mL premium bottled soda water
  • An orange (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into a large or stemless wine glass
  2. Fill with fresh, cubed ice
  3. Garnish with an orange slice

Lyre’s Bianco Spritz

Legend has it that this Bianco Spritz was the favoured beverage of the 1st Cavalry Regiment. This was before horses had been invented, so they had plenty of spare time on their hands. True story.

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Orange Sec
  • 30mL Lyre’s Aperitif Dry
  • 90mL premium bottled Mediterranean tonic water
  • 1 thin cucumber slice
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Mint (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into a large or stemless wine glass
  2. Fill with fresh, cubed ice
  3. Garnish with a plum mint sprig

Lyre’s Summer Spritz

With hints of orange, elderflower and passionfruit fluttering about like butterflies in a meadow of tonic, this incredibly refreshing drink tastes absolutely nothing like chewing gum.

You’ll need:

  • 30mL Lyre’s Italian Orange
  • 30mL Lyre’s Orange Sec
  • 7.5mL premium mango syrup
  • 90mL premium bottled elderflower tonic water
  • 2 lemon wheels
  • Passionfruit (garnish)
  • mint (garnish)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients into an oversized or stemless wine glass
  2. Fill with ice
  3. Garnish with a tablespoon of passionfruit pulp and a plump mint sprig

Lyre’s Italian Highball

This Italian Highball is an effervescence sensation, combining the bubbles of tonic and soda to elevate the Spritz to a whole new level.

You’ll need:

  • 60mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
  • 60mL premium bottled tonic water
  • 30mL premium bottled soda water
  • An orange (garnish)

Method:

  1. Build over ice in a Highball glass
  2. Give it a little stir
  3. Garnish with an orange slice or two

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