The Venetian “Spritz”

Every country has liquor that they are known for.  When Italy comes to mind, you almost certainly think of limoncello (in Southern Italy; or limoncino in Northern Italy—it’s the same thing, sweet liquor of lemon zest.)  Each great city on earth has a signature cocktail.  In modern Venice, it is called the “Spritz.”  The captivating orange-magenta beverage can be found among friends at café tables at aperitivo (cocktail hour), glittering against the turquoise water of the canals, deliciously inviting.  When in Venice…


2 oz. Campari

1 oz. dry white wine

½ oz. soda water (San Pellegrino is nice)

Garnish with a lemon or orange wedge and one green olive



Pour Campari in the bottom of the glass, add white wine, ice and finish with soda water.  Garnish.  Salute!

Love drinks with Campari? See WOAF’s recipe for the Negroni (Classic Cocktails for Christmas Day, or Eve or Whenever)

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One Comment on “The Venetian “Spritz””

  1. March 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    You see this drink a lot in other parts of Italy as well. I love sipping one while people watching at one of the outdoor cafes.

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