Hot sum­mer days call for a re­fresh­ing spritz

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - DRINK - By SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS

Much loved by the Ital­ians as an aper­i­tivo (pre-din­ner drink), a spritz is of­fi­cially a mix­ture of wine (still or sparkling) and soda wa­ter; while a fizz veers more to­wards the cock­tail fam­ily with the ad­di­tion of a spirit.

Both are in­cred­i­bly re­fresh­ing and can be pimped up with a range of bit­ters, purees and mix­ers, but, best of all, you don’t need to waste your en­ergy shak­ing, rat­tling and rolling. All you need to cre­ate these fresh new flavours is a large wine glass (or carafe), a bar spoon and a truck load of ice and it’ll be plain sail­ing all the way. 1. Pimm’s Fizz (right) The quintessen­tially Bri­tish sum­mer thirst quencher, Pimm’s (£12, 70cl, Tesco) have cre­ated a new serve to com­ple­ment their tra­di­tional Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, which mar­ries lemon­ade with sparkling wine for ex­tra, fruitier bub­bles. In­gre­di­ents: 50ml Pimm’s No. 1, 25ml sparkling wine (we rec­om­mend a French cre­mant such as Cre­mant de Loire), 75ml lemon­ade, 1 or­ange slice, 1 sprig of mint. Method: Fill a large wine glass with ice cubes. Pour in Pimm’s No.1 and lemon­ade and stir. Top up with sparkling wine and stir slowly. Gar­nish with an or­ange slice and sprig of mint. 2. Coin­treau Fizz Clas­sic Coin­treau’s iconic square bot­tle has been minia­tured down into a 35cl bot­tle to neatly fit into their ul­ti­mate sum­mer es­sen­tial, The Coin­treau Fizz Cock­tail Kit (£44.99, Sel­fridges.com). With Coin­treau Fizz cock­tail mak­ers, stripy straws, a cop­per bar spoon and a juicer, as well as sparkling wa­ter, all you have to do is add ice and a slice. Here’s how to craft your own... In­gre­di­ents: 50ml Coin­treau, 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 100ml soda wa­ter. Method: Fill a glass with ice, add Coin­treau, the juice of half a lime and top off with sparkling wa­ter. 3. The Sus­sex 75 Spritz (left) Re­cently voted The Peo­ple’s Choice Gin in the 2017 Peo­ple’s Drinks Awards, Brighton Gin (£37.45, 70cl, The Whisky Ex­change) have im­bibed the clas­sic French ‘75 with their Brighto­nian take on this ele­gant cock­tail — re­plac­ing cham­pagne with a lo­cal English sparkle. In­gre­di­ents: 25ml Brighton Gin, 25ml fresh lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup (we rec­om­mend Monin Gomme Syrup), English sparkling wine. Method: Mix the gin with fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Pour into a cham­pagne flute and top up with a fine Sus­sex fizz such as Ridgeview Blooms­bury NV, Eng­land (£27, Ridgeview), adding a twist of lemon for gar­nish. 4. Belvedere Spritz (left) To help cre­ate the ul­ti­mate sum­mer drink and en­tice us to be ‘Put­tin’ on the Spritz’ this sum­mer, Belvedere Pol­ish Rye Vodka (£37, 70cl, Waitrose. com ) have cre­ated three spritz cock­tails to make at home. Also, cus­tomers who seek out their sin­gle grain vodka will be gifted one of their long-stemmed frosted Belvedere spritz glasses, which have pre­vi­ously only been avail­able in lux­ury bars and res­tau­rants. Con­sumers can send for a glass to be de­liv­ered di­rectly to their homes free of charge across the UK, from now un­til Au­gust 31. Here’s one of our favourites... In­gre­di­ents: 30ml Belvedere Vodka, 30ml Lil­let Blanc, 2 grape­fruit slices, 1 sprig of thyme, sparkling wa­ter, Fever-Tree Tonic Wa­ter. Method: Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents in a Belvedere spritz glass, over ice. Top with equal parts of sparkling wa­ter and tonic. Gar­nish with a grape­fruit slice and a sprig of thyme.

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