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Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Last August, my family was lucky enough to travel to Italy, and I learned something that probably a lot of people already know…

The world’s most satisfying thing to drink in the summer — whether you are at a beachside café in Taormina or in your backyard smack in the middle of suburbia — is an Aperol Spritz, preferably served alongside a bowl of salty potato chips. Low in alcohol, easy to mix, and eminently drinkable (remember the 24 hours when this was debated and, thank goodness, defended?), it’s become my go-to aperitif when people come over for dinner.

We like them so much in our house that it made me wonder what else we should be exploring and enjoying out there in spritz world. Technically, a spritz is defined as some combination of prosecco (extra dry is a good idea), soda water, and bitters (like Angostura, Campari, Aperol), but for this round-up, I’m just gonna say, if it’s bubbly and refreshing and tastes unmistakably like summer, it totally counts.

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Aperol Spritz
How to Make: 
3 ounces prosecco, 2 ounces Aperol, 1 ounce soda water; garnish: orange wedge
When to Make: As the perfect day drink or an early evening aperitif; accompanying a small bowl of salty potato chips (I’d argue strongly for Cape Cod Original Kettle); poolside, oceanside, riverside, sprinkler-side

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

St-Germain Spritz
How to Make: 2 ounces prosecco, 1 1/2 ounces St-Germain (Elderflower liqueur), 2 ounces soda water; garnish: lemon twist
When to Make: When your most sophisticated friend is coming over; when you’ve got a bottle of St-Germain just lying around; when you want something light and floral

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Negroni Sbagliato
How to Make: 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth, 1 1/2 ounces Campari, 1 1/2 ounces prosecco; garnish: orange twist
When to Make: When you’re craving the taste of a Negroni, but not the strength of a Negroni (the usual gin is replaced with sparkling wine); when you want to hit a thousand likes on Instagram

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Cucumber Ginger Fizz
How to Make: 2 ounces soda water, 2 ounces cucumber juice (blend peeled, seeded cucumbers with a little water, then strain; plan on 1 medium size cucumber per cocktail), 1/2 ounces ginger syrup, 1/2 ounces lime juice, garnish: lime or cucumber wedge
When to Make: When you want to offer something special and alcohol-free; when it’s cucumber-palooza in the garden and you can’t use them up fast enough; when you have a little time on your hands

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

Grapefruit Spritz
How to Make: 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice, 4 ounces unsweetened grapefruit soda, 4 dashes Angostura bitters; garnish: grapefruit wedge
When to Make: When you want to set out a pre-made pitcher for your party; when you’re hosting that friend who complains about puppies, love sonnets, and things that are “too sweet”

Six Delicious Spritzes to Make This Summer

White Wine Spritzer
How to Make: 3/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup club soda; garnish: lemon wheel
When to Make: When you want to channel the ’80s; when you have a bunch of people over and you can’t deal with making complicated cocktails; when it’s one of those golden, honeysuckle-infused summer nights and you just want one glass of something to celebrate its fleeting magic

Thoughts? Which would you choose? Anything to add?

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(Photos of the spritzes by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. Graphic design by Maud Passini.)

  1. Poppy says...

    might i suggest adding a drop of malort in that grapefruit spritz. everybody makes a horrible face when you say malort, but malort was made for grapefruit!

  2. Martha Patterson says...

    I had a delicious limoncello one…I think it was called a Venetian Spritz…in Chicago last month. Limoncello, lemon juice, prosecco and a mint sprig! Delicious and wonderful on a hot day!

  3. Well, I am pretty crazy about trying different spritz every time. Among all, I like more Classic Strawberry Daiquiri Mermaid Lemonade. These cocktails giving full on freshness.

  4. I’ve been making rosé spritzes with 1:1 rosé: tonic + lime to garnish. It’s perfect for when I’m tired of apérol spritzes (which is never, but sometimes you run out of the ingredients, you know?)

  5. Aoife says...

    There are some fabulous drink ideas here! I love elderflower so would be very interested to try the Hugo spritz. I’d also love a non alcoholic post as I would find it difficult not to polish off the open bottle of prosecco at the end of the night, not always a good idea! Thanks for the suggestions!

  6. Kendra says...

    This is seriously the best comment section ever! I need to compile everything in a list!

    I recently discovered the wonders of elderflower cordial, which plenty of people have already mentioned, and it’s amazing

  7. Margot says...

    Aaah if i only knew that Hugo Spritz is also called St Germain! We call it Hugo in Europe. I ve been in the USA for 6 months and i really missed it. ☺️

  8. Rohini says...

    What kind of grapefruit soda do you recommend for the grapefruit spritz?

  9. Ryane says...

    I love New Age vinho verde wine with lime and a splash of soda water, over ice. It’s a delicious spritzer!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      YUM!

    • Angela says...

      Yes, this is such a refreshing summer drink!

  10. Mims says...

    I am prediabetic, and so many drinks are loaded with sugar! So I make a spin on a shrub…..one Tbsp apple cider vinegar, a few drops of liquid stevia, some muddled berries, and top with soda water. Garnish with mint and lots of ice. You can vary it with citrus juice, different fruit. But the trio of vinegar, stevia and seltzer is a must.

  11. Ilona says...

    I love a Hugo – gin (or vodka), prosecco, soda water, ice, elderflower cordial (or St Germain), mint leaves, lime wedge. Make it in a big glass so it feels less boozy.

    On holiday in Normandy last month the supermarkets had a whole subsection within the drinks aisles called ‘cocktail’. It had aperitifs, digestifs, liqueurs… We bought a big bottle of Suze (a bitter gentian aperitif) for about 6 euros and had Suze tonics before dinner every night. A slug of Suze over ice, topped up with tonic. Perfect.

  12. Passionfruit juice, sparkling water, boozy or not! It’s so delicious & reminds me of home. Aussie, Aussie!

  13. Lizzy in Minnesota says...

    I love spritz! My husband is from Verona, Italy (home of the spritz or so he says!), and we always have a bottle of aperol and prosecco (with an orange wedge) on hand to have during the summer. I’m also a fan of an “Ugo” (aka the elderflower spritz), although we do it with mint. Elderflower cordial is one of the things that comes home with me in my suitcase after visiting our in-laws in Italy :)

    • Katie says...

      I’m with you Lizzie! I’m a Brit but recently spent two very happy years living/working in Verona (as you say, they are very proud of their spritz) and the spritz Hugo/Ugo was my favourite (I have sweet tooth/love elderflower and preferred it to the more bitter Aperol.) Especially good sitting in a bar near Ponte Pietra on the banks of the Adige or in Piazza Erbe, listening to the hubbub of Italian around me. It makes me want to book a trip back right now!
      Ciao! Katie

  14. Kelly says...

    Tinto de verano! It’s a summer drink popular in Spain. Mix one part red wine with one part half soda water and half lemonade (or Sprite or Fanta Limón, if you prefer). Throw in a slice of lemon if you’re feeling fancy :)

  15. Lauren says...

    Here in Switzerland, the streets are lined with people drinking Aperol Spritzes on a sunny day. The other favourite is a Hugo – which is similar to the St. Germain Spritz above, but uses elderflower syrup with the prosecco and sparkling mineral water, usually served with a sprig of mint leaves!

    The “Gespritzter” or white wine spritzer is also available at any bar – which either comes “sweet” with Citro (a pop like Sprite) or “sour” with sparkling mineral water. All lovely for summer days!

    For alcohol-free, a favourite is a Schorle, which is basically sparkling apple juice. It’s typically premade – though you could make it with apple juice and sparkling water. Not as heavy as apple juice, which is so refreshing! Back in North America, my mom would mix cranberry juice with Ginger Ale, and it is always a big nostalgic favourite too.

  16. Michelle Masterson says...

    I love a glass of Spanish tinto de verano

    3 to 4 ice cubes
    1/2 cup red wine
    1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up
    Slice of lemon

  17. Jess says...

    When we were working in Spain we rediscovered the white wine spritzer – perfect for long lunches that sometimes turn into long afternoons and everyone feels just a bit *merry* instead of totally wasted. It will be my go-to this summer in Australia when I’m breastfeeding and I can time just one little spritzer to celebrate the sunshine!

  18. Kaitlin says...

    A friend just posted a recipe for a Vietnamese salted lime spritz to Instagram: Juice of 2 limes + 2 tsp salt + 1 1/2 tbsp fine sugar, topped with soda water. It sounds incredible and i cant wait to stock up on limes to try it!

  19. When we do Dry July in our house (did it the last 2 years, not sure about this one), a favorite is seltzer with a splash of Simply Lemonade (or any good quality lemonade/limeade/etc without all the HFCS). Add gin or vodka if you’d like.

    If you want to be fancier, you can put one cup sugar and one cup water in a heatproof container and microwave for a minute or 2, until the sugar dissolves. Add in some citrus peel, herb (mint, basil, rosemary)and/or peeled ginger and let it hang out for an hour, then strain. We have a grapefruit tree in our yard and I like to do grapefruit juice, some simple syrup and seltzer for a refreshing drink. The simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for several weeks.

  20. Emily says...

    I’ve started making my own lemon-mint spiked seltzers.

    In a tumbler add:
    1 shot lemon infused vodka
    1 shot lemon juice
    Ice
    Mint leaves
    Fill the glass with seltzer*

    *we have a soda stream, which we LOVE. I recommend buying from Bed, Bath & Beyond with one of their coupons. Then, about every 6 weeks we need to swap out the carbonation cartridges and use their “$5 off $15 purchase” which makes the refills $10! For (at least) 6 weeks of unlimited bubbly!!

    **I also recommend dicing up a strawberry and add it to your drink if you have one on hand!

  21. Noemia Maia says...

    In Portugal we have Porto Tónico, made with Port Wine:
    – 1/2 glass of ice
    – equal portions of white port wine and Tonic
    – lemon, to garnish

    • OBSESSED WITH THESE! (And your country,)

    • Poppy says...

      YUM!!

  22. Lisa says...

    In Sweden where I live, there is an alcohol monopoly so only one government controlled company sells alcohol outside restaurants and bars. Loads of pros and cons of course, but the best part is that they are always well stocked with non-alcoholic options. “Nosecco”, 0% rose, and several different ciders are available. I always have a bottle of alcohol free Rose in my fridge during summer as I live next doors to a huge park and there is always something to celebrate. I don’t like soda and water can be boring, so sipping ice cold rose without constantly drinking alcohol is BRILLIANT.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oooh i’d love to try alcohol-free rose!

    • Alexandra says...

      My family lives in Sweden and I cannot recommend the alcohol free rosé enough! My grandma first started buying it when I was 15 so I could feel included in the grown-ups’ fun but now, over a decade later, I still sometimes prefer it to alcoholic options.

  23. jan says...

    The last two summers I’ve been stuck on frosé with pureed strawberries and agave. I’ll make up a batch of strawberry sauce and keep it in a jar in the fridge to spoon over frozen rosé on weekend afternoons when it’s boiling hot out. I’d love to try the St Germaine one. Also going to look into that unsweetened grapefruit soda which sounds interesting! Years ago at the dawn of flavored waters there was a non alcoholic sparkling drink with tarragon and sunflower seed extract that was my all-time favorite but I’ve lost the name and it doesn’t seem to be around anymore and I miss it! It was so good.

  24. erica says...

    watermelon (whizzed in blender) + thai basil simple syrup + something fizzy

  25. Mary says...

    Cape Cod Original Kettle Chips… YES! The absolute best.

  26. Meghan says...

    Jenny, what is the difference is between soda water and club soda (you have both listed in the recipes)? Is there a difference?

    Jo, a suggestion for a future post – grown-up, non-alcoholic drinks. I’m allergic to alcohol and sometimes get frustrated at the lack of options. Whenever people talk about sitting back and relaxing with a drink, it’s assumed that alcohol needs to be included. The choices are usually pop (soda) or a cocktail without the alcohol (a virgin margarita is just an expensive Slurpee). After a hard day’s work, sitting down to enjoy a Pepsi just do it for me. Thanks!

    • Christy says...

      Yes! My husband and I do not drink and while some of the combos look so good they have alcohol and that is a no go. Please some adult fun drinks that aren’t expensive fruit punch or slurpees!

    • Karen says...

      Several drink recipes provided here are alcohol-free.

    • Jules says...

      Agreed! I don’t drink because I just don’t like the taste of alcohol. I’d love to see some creative options!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you! would LOVE to do a post on alcohol-free drinks!!!! xoxoxo

      the cucumber one above is non-alcoholic, if that one looks good to you, and also, shrubs! have you tried them? some bars make them and they’re delicious: https://cupofjo.com/2015/07/have-you-had-a-shrub/

      will definitely start brainstorming more…. xoxoxo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh! and here’s jenny’s soda water answer from a comment below, hope this helps!

      JENNY ROSENSTRACH SAYS…
      Yes — though I find people use “soda water” interchangeably with both “seltzer” and “club soda” even though seltzer and club soda are slightly different — seltzer is carbonated water, club soda is carbonated water plus minerals. I find you can use either in these drinks. Hope that makes sense.

    • Danielle says...

      I love lemonades or limeades with whatever herb is nearby. Example: Sparkling rosemary limeade (https://www.thekitchn.com/drink-recipe-sparkling-rosemar-154731), ginger lemonade (https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-spicy-ginger-lemonade-recipes-from-the-kitchn-203820). I’ll use the basil or mint growing in my kitchen, swap the sugar for honey, juice whatever citrus is on hand. It’s nice to have some ginger simple syrup or other infused sweetness in the fridge as an option, too. As a bonus- if you increase the sweetness, make popsicles! (When things are frozen, you need more sugar to taste the sweetness)

    • Maddie says...

      Just a heads-up in case you missed it, the Cucumber Ginger Fizz recipe above is non-alcoholic. Also, the Grapefruit Spritz has only Angostura Bitters in it – it’s personal preference of course, but the amount of alcohol in bitters (the 3-4 dashes per drink) is really low – like equivalent to about a teaspoonful of beer.

    • Cyn says...

      Have you tried shrubs? They are easy to make and quick search will show the endless possibilities. Add some sparkling water and you have a delicious non-alcoholic drink.
      Cheers!

  27. C says...

    Our favorite non-alcoholic is a tablespoon or so of pomegranate molasses, 1/2-1 lime, ice and soda water.

    • Lorena says...

      This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Now I need to find pomegranate molasses.

  28. Amy says...

    That cucumber-ginger fizz is going on my summer recipe list! Love ginger in anything.

  29. liz says...

    feel like i need a drink now haha

  30. Lauren E. says...

    When my husband and I went to Venice we stayed at an AirBnb whose host took us for a coffee in the early afternoon. My husband was starving after a long flight, and so ordered a croissant and a spritz. Our host could not contain her laughter. “Croissant and a spritz?! Croissant and a SPRITZ?!” I’ll never forget her glee.

  31. Jenni says...

    My go-to recently has been Campari, sweet vermouth and tonic water. I buy the tiny cans of tonic, which are good for two drinks, so I don’t need to worry about half-used bottles going flat in the fridge.

    • silver says...

      try to find fever tree tonic water- I promise you it is the supreme tonic water.

    • Anjie says...

      Fever Tree Tonic water is fabulous especially the light one and also Fentiman’s! Botanical G&Ts are all the rage in the tropics where its summer all year long .Bliss!!

  32. meg says...

    Oh, I feel like we are so lazy at our house. We wanted to cut down wine-with-dinner consumption so we just halve chilled rose or white wine with cold LaCroix (faves are apricot, mango and especially passionfruit). Thanks for the post to inspire us to get slightly more creative and tasty!

  33. Le says...

    Love this roundup! For a nonalcoholic, healthier “cherry limeade,” we mix Aldi’s plum-cherry juice with their Belle Vie lemon lime sparkling water (the unsweetened, just-water kind). With good ice, it’s summer perfection!

    • Holly says...

      What is good ice? What is bad ice?

    • Meredith says...

      Haha! Holly, I wish I could post a picture of whatever comes out of the ice maker in the freezer at work. Definitely bad ice!

    • Nelly says...

      Oh, there is definitely such a thing as good ice and bad ice! When I was pregnant, my main craving was ice (in hindsight, it was probably a sign of being anemic…). I became an ice connoisseur! I had certain ice trays that made perfect ice – satisfyingly crunchable without cracking a tooth, others that were acceptable, and others I had to throw away because they made bad ice (sharp shards, too hard, too big). I knew exactly when I had to pull each tray out of the freezer to have the perfect texture (my favourite was when it was more of an ice-slush, just before becoming fully frozen) even if that meant heading to the kitchen after a 2am bathroom visit! My tongue would be so numb, but I just couldn’t stop eating ice.

  34. Sara says...

    When it’s my weekend and I want to start out slow, when I want to keep hanging out with friends with a drink in my hand but not get drunk, when the wine I bought sucks: ice cubes, 3 parts wine, a squeeze of citrus, a few dashes bitters, 1 part or more sparkling water (or la croix!).

  35. I’m all about the white wine spritzer. I also love just jamming any random herbs I have sitting next to me into it as well. Oregano, rosemary, basil, lavender, mint….all of the above if I’m pruning while I sit there. lol.

  36. ADN says...

    Crodino. It’s Campari’s nonalcoholic aperitif. It’s hard to find in the US, but some big grocery chains carry it. Ask for it and try to make it easier to find. It’s great.

  37. C says...

    Thank you for posting a non-alcoholic recipe (grapefruit), this pregnant lady appreciates it!

  38. Jessica Camerata says...

    I love a good aperol Spritz but thinking I need to try the St. Germain one next!

    xo Jessica

  39. Megan says...

    I recently bought Three Olives Rosé Vodka, which I think would make a delicious spritzer, but I’m not sure what to mix into it that won’t overpower the rosé flavor. Any suggestions?

    • Amanda says...

      Ice ;-)

  40. Emily says...

    I’m feeling like low and no alcohol cocktails are becoming a thing and I’m here for it. I’ve been wanting to experiment with some of the non-alcoholic spirits (like Seedlip) that I’ve seen recently. I’d love to hear if anyone has recipes using them!

    • C says...

      Yes, I agree! Jenny help us out with ideas for delicious non-alcoholic drinks!

    • kate says...

      One of my favorite things to do is go crazy in the Trader Joe’s juice section (those lemonades!!) and just mix everything with bubbly water or even tonic. I think it’s just as much fun to drink non-alcoholic bubbly stuff, if not more! Especially nice when I want something right after work but don’t want to drink that early in the day.

    • Lauren E. says...

      Love Seedlip! I work for a chef who doesn’t drink, and he regularly replaces the spirits in cocktails with Seedlip. You can pretty much do a 1 to 1 swap for any spirit you like that works with that flavor Seedlip. They’re absolutely delicious.

    • jan says...

      First I’ve heard of Seedlip and can’t wait to try it, thanks! PS: their website is gorgeous.

  41. Heidi says...

    I like agua frescas mixed with sparkling water and a little vodka or rose mixed in. I recently made a strawberry lime one (Blend strawberries, fresh lime juice from 2 limes and strain) and then mix with a good rose wine and a splash of sparkling water for fizz! Easy to make non alcoholic, too… and really any fruit works.

    • liz says...

      this sounds really good!

  42. Tania says...

    I love me an old school white wine spritzer — I lived in Prague for a while (I know, lucky me!) and they were a big thing there (vinny strik). Also coke and red wine, which is not as terrible as it sounds.

    • Alison says...

      In Spain those are called kalimotxo! They’re so good.

  43. Eva says...

    All of these sound absolutely delicious! I’d like to add my favorite Campari aperitivo, first tasted in Italy: Campari with grapefruit soda (pompelmo) over ice. Trader Joe’s Italian grapefruit soda works just fine. Also: prosecco with a shot of elderberry syrup. Non-alcoholic: mix elderberry syrup with sparkling water.

    • Poppy says...

      amaro + soda = win! my fave is 1 pt cherry juice, 1 pt grand poppy amaro, top with soda water and a twist of orange

  44. Becca says...

    Spritzers are my jam! For when you want a day drink at the beach/pool/wherever (#notjudging) but are also Mom-ing. For when you’re thirsty AND also want a kick. For when you know you’ll be at a festive function for a while and don’t want to get sloppy. I love them so much that for my birthday one year my husband made me a t-shirt that said “Livin’ that Spritzer Life!” And I am, every summer!

    • Nicole says...

      Hahaha yes to this comment! I have been white wine spritzing it up every summer for years.

  45. Marcella says...

    love aperol spritzes and also a good tinto de verano – a staple when i studied abroad in south spain. red wine + sprite + ice always brings me back!

    • Chelsea says...

      Yes, Marcella! When I studied abroad in Spain I drank tinto de verano everyday! When we ordered we would say “con naranja if we wanted it with orange Fanta or “con limon” for Sprite. So refreshing!

    • Katie Larissa says...

      Those are amazing! If loving then makes me basic, then just call me a pumpkin spice latte.😂

    • Julie says...

      These are so good. Bought many, many boxes to take to the beach when I was in Hawaii in October!

  46. Rachael says...

    A friend who complains about puppies is no friend of mine…

    • Sasha L says...

      Same!!!!
      (Monster)

  47. Sasha L says...

    I mostly just drink water, but in the summer I like to make rhubarb sodas. Boil chopped rhubarb with a little water, fresh ginger and lemon pepper if you want, and sugar until it’s mush, strain and pour syrup over ice and sparking water. It’s a beautiful pink and so refreshing.

  48. A.E. says...

    thank you so much for including non-alcoholic drinks on this list! — a sober person who loves cucumbers

  49. Robyn says...

    As one of the sober curious out there, I definitely opt for special and alcohol free. Lately I’ve been very, very into bitters. Take a gorgeous glass, a huge amount of crushed ice, a coupe dashes of bitters and a lime wedge or Luxardo cherries to garnish. Just ordered some lavender bitters and some jalapeno lime bitters. Low sugar and really, really refreshing.

    • jan says...

      Fancy bitters are so much fun! Thanks for your recipe, I will try.

    • Robyn says...

      Whoops! In addition to misspelling “couple” I forgot to mention to add either club soda or tonic (depending on your bitters and your preference). You know, just 90% of what’s in the glass . . . This is what I get for typing on my phone while in an Uber!

  50. Tracy M. says...

    To me, nothing says summer like a Greyhound! Not exactly a spritz, but a refreshing drink nonetheless. It’s simple: vodka and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (yes, it has to be fresh!). No garnish, no shaker, no fuss.

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      I LOOOOVE Greyhounds — I used to think of them as super old-school because my grandmother-in-law drank them on the regs, but now I find I’m in the mood for them year-round. And absolutely yes to fresh squeezed. Otherwise it reminds me too much of the screwdrivers (overly sweet Tropicana & vodka) of my youth and I don’t want to think too hard about those.

  51. Jane says...

    Try Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto with very dry prosecco and a lot of ice! It’s a liquor made with bergamot, cedars and yellow roses.
    Bonus: the bottle is the prettiest thing ever. I don’t work for them, I just love the stuff ;-)
    https://www.rosolioitalicus.com/

    • sara says...

      Hot damn! Now a 50$ bottle of amaro is on my wishlist

    • Amy says...

      Oh that bottle IS gorgeous! *roughly* how much of each do you put in?

    • jan says...

      wow this sounds incredible

    • Jane says...

      There are directions on the bottle, but I put it in a white wine glass and use 1/5 rosolio and the rest prosecco or white wine

  52. Katie says...

    I love the idea of making a big pitcher of the grapefruit spritz as a dry option, and then offering a mix-in for guests who’d like alcohol in their drink. Any suggestions on what spirit to pair it with?

    • Anne says...

      Gin! Grapefruit and gin taste great together. Or trusty, chameleon-like vodka :)

    • Meghan says...

      gin, an especially floral one.

    • Sarah says...

      Tequila, like a Paloma

    • Julie says...

      Mezcal!

  53. Carrie says...

    Five starts for the Sbagliato! That’s been a go to in our house for years and last Fall, we had them at the Campari Bar in Milan… so touristy, but also so delightfully good.

  54. Robin says...

    Is soda water club soda?

    Love these so much, thank you!

    • Anna Stevens says...

      As a die hard seltzer fan, I’ll volunteer here :) soda water is generally synonymous with seltzer/sparking water — all three are carbonated water with no additives. Club Soda is carbonated water but also with added minerals. Your average person probably won’t be able to tell the difference. Just don’t confuse any of those with tonic water, which tastes completely different.

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      Yes — though I find people use “soda water” interchangeably with both “seltzer” and “club soda” even though seltzer and club soda are slightly different — seltzer is carbonated water, club soda is carbonated water plus minerals. I find you can use either in these drinks. Hope that makes sense.

  55. Emma says...

    White wine spritzers are totally underrated, in my opinion! My mother-and-law and I always make them for each other at the family cottage, and it’s kind of become our “thing” — something to sip in the late afternoon after a day of swimming/parenting/canoeing/etc. To me, spritzers are synonymous with summer, family time, and sharing a little wink with my MIL!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds wonderful!

    • Alex says...

      This is so sweet! It’s nice to hear something positive about mothers-in-law :) It’s so easy to complain about them, but thanks for sharing such a nice image and for the reminder to be grateful I got a pretty good one, too.

  56. Ali says...

    Can’t wait to try some of these. I also love Pimms and Prosecco (skip the lemonade). It makes for a lovely strong, slightly bitter but really refreshing drink when you really don’t want any sweetness at all.

  57. Kari says...

    I’ve never tried one so thanks for the encouragement and recipe ideas!

  58. Haylie says...

    Dear God yes to all of these (boozy and not).

  59. Awads says...

    yes to anything with aperol or campari! (i often leave out the soda part and just mix prosecco and the bitters).

    cheers!

  60. Caroline says...

    My go to has been soda water and angostura bitters. Easy enough that every bar/restaurant can deliver on. Perfect summer drink for a pregnant lady who loves a cocktail!

    • Jeanne says...

      YES to the beauty that is soda-bitters! I have a whole collection of bitters just for this purpose. I especially love using lavender, orange or chocolate.

  61. Meg says...

    My husband and found our favourite one on a trip to Japan. You mix 1 part Choya Umeshu, a Japanese Plum wine (seems very fancy but you can actually get it from Wholefoods in the US) with either 2 parts soda water or 2 parts sparkling wine. It is so delicious! and easy to feel like you are having a fancy drink without the 5 shots in a cocktail. I urge everyone to make one! Not too sweet and perfectly plum-esque.

    • Amanda says...

      Trying this ASAP as my husband is obsessed with Japanese spirits and wines as of late!

  62. Nina says...

    I love Spritzes (great ideas here, thank you) and I hate to rain on the Spritz parade, but in my experience, (Aperol) Spritzes do not feel “low in alcohol”. For white wine spritzes, I find that a 50/50 mix (vs. 75/25) is fine. The hotter it is, the more I like it when the alcohol isn’t so strong. Getting older, I guess… :-)

  63. allison says...

    If I’m having an alcoholic beverage, St. Germain Spritz is my go-to. I don’t drink much so regularly substitute my favourite cocktail with and alcohol-free alternative: elderflower syrup (I get mine at IKEA) with lime sparkling water.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yum, that sounds so good!

  64. Lisa says...

    My mom used to drink wine spritzers with her girlfriends! Thanks for the reminder, going to make one this week.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha mine too!

  65. Cynthia says...

    Thanks for joggging my memory. I’ve forgotten all about wine spritzers.

  66. Louisa says...

    Say more about this unsweetened grapefruit soda?

  67. Katie says...

    love the mix of boozy and less boozy!
    –a pregnant lady

    • Jessica says...

      Same! – another pregnant lady