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Warm weather means lazy afternoons spent sitting out underneath the sun enjoying a slightly slower pace and indulging in life's little pleasures. One of those pleasures has to be sipping on a good spritz—the fizzy, slightly bitter, low alcohol cocktail that's come to represent the good life. The drink's origins trace back to ancient Rome, but over the last decade or so Italy's iconic spritz has become something of a phenomenon. And for good reason. It's a nimble drink that can be tinkered with in any number of ways and always comes out refreshing and satisfying. Light and bubbly, it signals a shift in time and perspective. The perfect end to a shitty workday. An equally perfect start to a great evening. The OG of this iconic aperitivo is the Aperol spritz—the Italian citrus and rhubarb liqueur topped with Prosecco and a splash of soda. As you'll see, there's no wrong way to spritz—it's more art than science—but the ability to craft a great spritz is a skill every man should master.
Three essential truths, according to Taliaa Baiocci and Leslie Pariseau, authors of Spritz, a handbook of sorts, filled with history and recipes for both cocktails and snacks.
There's a foolproof formula for building a spritz. You need a little booze, some bubbles and a garnish. Two parts booze to three parts bubbles is an ideal ratio when eyeballing it. (Adding more bubbles lessens the octane of the alcohol.) Then it's up to you on the flavors you'll mix. "I really love a tequila spritz," says cocktail guru and Milagro tequila ambassador Jaime Salas. "Muddle some fresh fruit like watermelon with some tequila. Add a touch of simple syrup for sweetness and then top with soda—easy and delicious every time."
A few of our favorite combinations ...
Milagro Reposado Tequila
Slice of Fresh Ginger