A Spritz is a mixture of white wine (sometimes sparkling Prosecco is used), a bitter such as Campari or Aperol and a splash of soda water. The garnish should always be a slice of lemon and sometimes an olive too. Of course, there are many ways to make this drink and you will always find someone with a strong opinion telling you that it must be made this way or it should only ever be made like that… Well, this is how we make ours – using exactly the same recipe as Caffè Rosso in Campo Santa Margherita in Venice.
1 large green olive, drained of brine
75ml white wine – something simple from Veneto like a Garganega or a Pinot Bianco
50ml either Campari or Aperol
Splash of soda water
1 slice of lemon
Take a large tumbler and fill it with ice. Push a large green olive (not one that has been kept in oil) onto the end of a cocktail skewer and pop it in the bottom of the glass. Pour the wine. Pour the Campari or Aperol. Add a short squirt of soda water and then a slice of lemon.