By Maggie Walters
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, shorts are being unfolded from winter storage, and porches and patios everywhere are begging to be enjoyed. Entertaining outside is a favorite in my family this time of year, and the beverage of choice with this beautiful sunshine, is bubbles. I wanted to share a few of my favorite spritzer cocktails that showcase spring flavors!
My goals are to mix up the flavor profile every time we get together and feature something with only a few ingredients that can be made on the fly. I usually serve my spritzers in stemless glasses. There's no need for flutes with these bubbles!
In all of these cocktails I suggest you use the Prosecco of choice; my personal go-to is La Gioiosa. It's a classic that's refreshing and almost always on sale for around $12!
Here are 3 of my go-to spritzers:
Gin & Fizz
Citadelle gin is a French gin that is floral and herbaceous. I like it in this cocktail because elderflower liqueur is French in origin as well.
These two pair beautifully with the crisp, clean bubbles from the La Gioiosa.
2 oz. Citadelle Gin
0.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur, like St. Germaine
4 oz. Prosecco of choice
Add gin and elderflower liqueur to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a stemless wine glass and top with prosecco .
Garnish with mint leaves and/or cucumber slices.
Holland Bottom Farms Spritzer
It's strawberry season in Arkansas!! What better way to enjoy these than making a bubbly cocktail?
2 c. Fresh Strawberries, stemmed and halved
4 sprigs of thyme
Prosecco of choice
Slice strawberries, de-stem thyme, and macerate in a bowl with a healthy sprinkle of sugar (about 1/4 cup).
Let sit in refrigerator for about 30 mins.
Spoon desired about of strawberries and juice into wine glass, top with prosecco.
Garnish with fresh strawberries on rim of the glass and/or a stem of thyme.
Aperol Spritz with a Twist
You can view my previous blog on how to make a traditional Italian Aperol spritz here.
– I like to get the sherbet made with real fruit that doesn't have a lot of sugar added to it. The more tart, the better!
1.5 oz. Aperol
Prosecco of choice
Scoop a small amount of orange sherbet into each wine glass, pour aperol over the sherbet, and top with prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice if desired.