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Why everyone is talking about winter spritz cocktails this year

While spritz cocktails are more often associated with summer, in winter they can be adapted with a few simple ingredients, taking you from the pool to the slopes in no time.

Our very own Chandon Garden Spritz was an immediate hit when it launched this summer, and is now taking a winter twist. Serve this modern classic with cinnamon for aromas of chocolate and vanilla by the fireside.

A cocktail that’s perfect for summer and winter

Originally created to enjoy at aperitivo hour, and typically in warmer climes, Chandon Garden Spritz is a wonderfully refreshing ready-to-drink aperitif combining sparkling Chandon wine with bitter liqueur made from natural orange peel extract, carefully selected spices and locally sourced Valencia oranges. Striking a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, it’s become synonymous with summer gatherings in the garden or at the beach with friends, yet it also makes an exceptional winter spritz cocktail if you mix up the ingredients in your glass.

The origins of Chandon Garden Spritz

Chandon Garden Spritz was created by Ana Paula Bartolucci, the first female winemaker to work at the Chandon winery in Argentina and the youngest member of the development team there. Containing no artificial flavours or colours, Chandon Garden Spritz is a special, zesty drink, and it needn’t be saved just for summer occasions. Whether it’s a crisp evening on a heated terrace or a cosy night in at home, simply complement the fresh notes of Valencia orange and the aromatics of Chandon sparkling wine with the usual suggested garnish of a slice of dried orange, then add a stick of cinnamon to enhance the warmth of the bitters – it will also add a festive look to your winter cocktail.

Chandon Winter Garden Spritz cocktail recipe

Creating this winter spritz cocktail couldn't be easier. Place a few ice cubes in a large glass and pour 150 mL Chandon Garden Spritz. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon and a dried orange slice.

An ideal festive gift, this Chandon Garden Spritz Set comes with two wide-bowl glasses, stylishly etched with the Chandon Garden name. For larger gatherings around the dinner table this winter, a magnum of Chandon Garden Spritz or a party set signal that it’s time for celebration.