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Cocktail time

Spritz Cocktails

Have you ever wondered why the trendiest summer drink is Italian yet has a German name?
The spritz has a surprisingly military backstory and dates back to the 1800s when Venice was part of the Austrian Empire. During this time, Austrian soldiers, diplomats and merchants would often visit Venice but found the wine to be too strong for their taste. Soon after, they started asking the local hosts to add a splash, or in German, a “spritz,” of water to the local Italian wine to dilute the alcohol content similar to the beer or rieslings and grüner vetliners they were more accustomed to drinking. Over time (and two World Wars) the water in a spritz turned to sparkling water, and the still wine was substituted or complemented with different alcohols: herbal bitter liqueur, vermouth or prosecco.
At Clos19, we also love our spritz with vodka, cognac, Chandon sparkling wine or even champagne for an ultra-luxury twist.

Champagne Spritz Recipes

  • Ginger
  • Cucumber
  • Grapefruit
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Vodka & Herbs Spritz Recipes

  • Cucumber & Thyme
  • Herbal
  • Mint
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Vodka & Citrus Spritz Recipes

  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit
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Vodka & Tropical Fruit Spritz Recipes

  • Mango
  • Peach Nectar
  • Peach
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Vodka & Spice Spritz Recipes

  • Ginger
  • Star Anis
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Vodka & Red Fruits Recipes

  • Cherry
  • Wild Berry
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Cognac Spritz Recipes

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