Just a Spritz: 57 Simple Sparkling Sips
Inspired by the world’s embrace of Italy’s ever-popular bubbly and refreshing Aperol spritz, Just a Spritz is an expansive collection of 50 easy, low- or no-alcohol fizzy, flavourful cocktails perfect for imbibing any time of year.
Step aside, rosé. A more refreshing drink is here, in a bubbling array of colours and flavours. The iconic Italian export, the Aperol spritz, with its classic (and simple) makeup of fizzy prosecco, sparkling water, and a splash of the bittersweet, citrus-flavoured liqueur, is just the beginning.
In Just a Spritz, author Danielle Centoni shares an inspired world of spritz variations. Add in sweet liqueurs and bitter amari, fresh juices, flavoured kombuchas, and drinking vinegars to update the sparkling spritz. A spritz is quick to assemble and does not require a stocked pantry – its beauty is in its simplicity. Here there are more than 50 recipes (and numerous variations) organised by flavour profile and theme, including the Raspberry Beret, the Margarita Spritz, and the Cucumberbatch, as well as nonalcoholic spritz drinks. For a spritz newbie, a classic Negroni Sbagliato may be just the thing, whereas the social media savant may find the fruity-floral, scarlet-purple, picture-perfect Lady Lavender calling their name. Whatever the craving – from a sweet peach and honeyed spritz to a slightly bitter and citrusy Cappelletti Shandy – there’s a recipe to satisfy every thirst, along with colourful photos to inspire.
About the Author
Danielle Centoni is a James Beard Award-winning food writer and cookbook author based in Portland, Oregon. In her two-decade career, she has worked as a staff editor and writer for the Oakland Tribune, the Oregonian, Imbibe magazine, Mix magazine, and Eater Portland. She is the author of several books, including Portland Cooks and Fried Rice, and has contributed to many others. You can find her work in a wide range of publications and media, including Better Homes & Gardens, EatingWell, and The Kitchn.