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Spritz Up Your Cocktails with Bubbles and Spice

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By Cara Cannella
Spritz Up Your Cocktails with Bubbles and Spice

A chilled six-pack of wine spritzers is perfectly cool for a day at the beach, but when you're nesting or entertaining at home, take it up a notch with a sophisticated handcrafted concoction. The Spiced Cranberry Spritzer (recipe below), featuring subtle notes of allspice and star anise to balance its light sweetness, is a simply elegant choice.

Drinks in the "spritzer" family, often known these days by "spritz," are trending in cocktail-forward cities around the country, providing sparkle at daytime rooftop parties and fueling all-night revelry at underground bars. Creative twists inspired by the Aperol® Spritz — a pre-dinner cocktail imported from Italy, combining Aperol liqueur and Prosecco over ice, topped with a splash of soda water and an orange wedge garnish — are increasingly popular for good reason. The beauty of the spritz lies in its lightness, which lends itself to consumption over many hours. Relatively low in alcohol, spritzes help you keep it classy, in Cleveland or wherever you may be. Time flies when you're having fun, so you might as well enjoy (and remember) it, right? The spritz below is made with syrup that can be prepared days in advance. With a few bottles of Prosecco or any dry white sparkling wine on hand, you'll always be ready for an impromptu celebration.

Spiced Cranberry Spritzer - 6 Servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Chill time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pure unsweetened cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Spice Islands Star Anise
  • 12 Spice Islands Whole Allspice
  • 750mL bottle Prosecco or dry white sparkling wine
  • 12 ounces club soda
  • fresh or frozen cranberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine cranberry juice, sugar, star anise and allspice. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days, until ready to use.
  2. Strain cranberry syrup and pour chilled cranberry syrup into a large pitcher. Carefully pour in Prosecco down the side of the pitcher (which will preserve the bubbles), and gently stir until combined.
  3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour Prosecco mixture over ice, and top with club soda to taste. Garnish with fresh or frozen cranberries, if desired.

 

Cara Cannella is a writer, editor, and teacher in New York City. She has worked as research editor for Bon Appétit and writes regularly about entrepreneurship for American Express OPEN Forum. She has an MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches writing at Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

 

 

*Asperol is a registered trademark of Dvade Campari - Milano S.P.A.

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