MAKES 4 “Marta’s house spritz is made with a white vermouth, and is light, vibrant and fresh. We use Bordiga Bianco, but there are lots of options available,” says Flavio.
1/ 2 cup (125ml) Bordiga Bianco (white vermouth – substitute other white vermouth) 4 basil sprigs Crushed ice 1 cup (250ml) prosecco 11/ cup (330ml) soda water
1/ 2 cup (110g) caster sugar
For the sugar syrup, combine sugar and 1/2 cup (125ml) water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, remove from heat and stand to cool (syrup can be stored, covered and chilled, for up to 3 months).
Divide Bordiga Bianco among 4 tall serving glasses and add 1 tsp cooled sugar syrup to each glass.
Clap the basil between the palms of your hands to release the essence and add to glasses. Add ice, prosecco and soda water, and serve.