The Aperol Spritz reached an impressive level of infamy this summer after the NYTimes article “The Aperol Spritz is Not a Good Drink” landed, igniting a minor internet firestorm of debate. While the drink has proven to be divisive, the article only ended up conclusively demonstrating that the idiom “all press is good press” proves to be true as spritzes continue to dominate and grow in popularity.
While the internet controversy could be credited for the rise in the popularity of Spritzes, it also helps to be tasty and Instagramable. Before you decide for yourself where to stand on this cutting-edge issue, be sure to try some of the below variations on the classic Aperol Spritz.
How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore at The Williamsburg Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel boasts some of the best views in New York City, and the best way to take advantage of that view is with their herb-based variation of the Spritz. Made with Grey Goose, Aperol, rosemary cordial, and sparkling wine it’s a refreshing take on the traditional cocktail.
96 Wythe, Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Limoncello Spritz at Bardea Food & Drink
Homemade Limoncello sets the stage for this take on the Spritz giving a brighter and sweeter approach. Lemon peels soaked in vodka and sugar for two weeks before being mixed further cement this as one of the most carefully crafted Spritzes you’ll find.
620 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Summer Spritz at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
An Italian inspired spritz complements pizza like no other, and L’Antica’s variation does it wonderfully. The refreshing combination of cucumber, mint, lemon, hits a perfect balance for an easy to sip spritz on a hot summer day.
1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Rhubarb Spritz at Liberty Common
Summer in Nashville will work up a thirst like no other, and Liberty Common’s Spritz has no shortage of drinks to cool you off with eight different spritz variations on the menu. The Rhubarb Spritz is topped off with a bubbly Rose to give a fun kick to their gently flavored cocktail.
207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN, 37201
The Cancion del Verano at Boqueria
This Summer Spritz is made with cava, Atxa white vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters, grapefruit and mint to create a delicious balance between bubbly and sweet.
1837 M St, NW, Washington DC 20036
Bianco Spritz at DiAnoia’s Eatery
Standing out from the classic Aperol Spritz isn’t easy but Nicole Battle, the Bar Manager at Pittsburgh’s DiAnoia’s Eatery, created a Spritz that mimics a white wine spritzer combined with a Bellini. Touches of Vanilla Syrup and Passionfruit Juice give the cocktail the summery feel and picturesque color.
2549 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
A.P Spritz at Gato
Gato deviates from the typical spritz using butterfly pea Cocchi, Suze, blood orange amaro, and cava strained over ice and garnished with a blood orange. Perfect for sipping on Gato’s outdoor patio, the butterfly pea flower gives the drink it’s unique dark purple color.
324 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012
Antica Pesa Spritz at Antica Pesa
With three specialty spritzes to their name, Antica Pesa is a great place to jump on the Spritz enthusiasm this summer. Made with St. Germain, ginger beer, lime juice, and mint it’s a perfect summer treat and with three spritzes to sample from, you can be sure to get your spritz fill this summer at this Williamsburg hotspot.
115 Berry St, New York, NY, 11249
Enrico Spritz at Nicky’s Coal Fired’s
Enrico Spritz is gently flavored with herbs and spices, combining Cocchi Rosa, Braulio Amaro, soda and lemon.
5026 Centennial Boulevard, Nashville TN, 37209
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