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Strawberry Spritz: the Easy Recipe for An Extra Refreshing Springtime Drink!

Total time: 10 mins.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
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Strawberry Spritz is a simple and refreshing cocktail, ideal for a spring or summer aperitif with friends. The drink is inspired by the Classic Italian Aperol Spritz, but with the addition of strawberries, to be crushed directly inside of the glass and mixed with prosecco, bitter, lemon soda and lime juice. The cocktail will then be served decorated with a strawberry, to make it even more inviting.

What Are The Main Types of Spritz?

Aperol Spritz, a popular Italian aperitif, traditionally combines Aperol, prosecco, and a splash of soda for a refreshing cocktail. However, its simple base has inspired numerous variations, particularly with the addition of different fruits. Enthusiasts have experimented with adding everything from orange slices, which complement the bitter-sweet flavor of Aperol, to more exotic choices like berries, grapefruit, and even cucumber for a crisp twist. These fruit variations not only add a vibrant visual appeal but also subtly enhance the flavor profile, making each sip uniquely delightful.

Some Tips to Make the Perfect Strawberry Spritz

For the fullest, sweetest flavor, use ripe strawberries. They should be bright red, without any white or green spots, and fragrant. The riper the strawberry, the more flavor it will infuse into your spritz.

– To release their juices and maximize the strawberry essence in your drink, gently smash the strawberries rather than pulverizing them. This method allows the berries to release just enough juice and flavor without turning the mixture into a pulp, which can make your spritz murky.

– Ensure all your ingredients, especially the Prosecco and lemon soda, are well chilled before use. This keeps the spritz cool and refreshing without relying solely on the ice, which can dilute the flavors as it melts.

– When adding the orange bitter and Prosecco, aim for a balance between the sweetness of the strawberries and the bitterness of the orange. Start with a conservative amount of orange bitter and adjust according to taste to ensure it complements rather than overwhelms the strawberry flavor.

– The Prosecco is a key component of any spritz. A good quality Prosecco will not only improve the overall taste but also add the necessary effervescence that defines a spritz.

– Pour the lemon soda gently over the back of a spoon to maintain its bubbly texture when topping up your drink. This method helps preserve the carbonation, ensuring your spritz is as fizzy as it is flavorful.

– A fresh strawberry garnish not only adds visual appeal but also hints at the flavor within. Consider adding a twist of lemon peel or a sprig of mint for an extra touch of elegance and a slight aromatic boost.

– To enjoy its full effervescence and fresh flavors, serve the Strawberry Spritz immediately after mixing. Delaying service can result in a less bubbly and impactful drink.

Can I Make a Non-Alcoholic Version of This Strawberry Spritz?

Yes, of course! To enjoy a non-alcoholic Strawberry Spritz, substitute Prosecco with non-alcoholic sparkling wine or sparkling water for a similar bubbly texture. Replace orange bitter with fresh orange juice or non-alcoholic bitters to maintain the cocktail's characteristic zest.

What Can I Serve With This Strawberry Spritz?

The Strawberry Spritz, with its refreshing and vibrant flavors, pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes that complement its summery vibe. For a light and enjoyable meal, consider serving it alongside a fresh caprese salad or delicate finger focaccias. It also matches well with seafood appetizers, like shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon canapés, which balance the spritz's sweetness with their savory notes. For a casual gathering, a charcuterie board featuring an assortment of cheeses, cured meats, and fresh fruits makes an excellent choice, allowing the flavors to mingle delightfully with each sip of your Strawberry Spritz.

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Ingredients

Strawberries
to taste
prosecco
to taste
bitter
to taste
Lime juice
to taste
lemon soda
to taste
Ice
to taste
To garnish
Strawberry
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How to Prepare Strawberry Spritz

Start by gently smashing your strawberries, then add the ice cubes into the glass.

Add the orange bitter, then the Prosecco to the glass.

Add a squeeze of fresh lime, and then a drop of lemon sode on top to give a greater freshness.

Mix the cocktail using a bar spoon, then decorate with a fresh strawberry and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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