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7 Spritzes You Should Try for a Refreshing Happy Hour

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There’s a time and place for strong, stirred drinks like the Martini or Negroni, but sometimes you just want to kick back with a tall glass of bubbly, boozy goodness. These easy-drinking Spritzes are ideal for lazy Sunday drinking—hopefully outside on a warm, sunny day—and they couldn’t be simpler to make. Here are seven of the tastiest Spritzes you should whip up the next time you want to cool down and relax.

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Before you take your Spritz education any further, you need to master the one Spritz to rule them all: the Aperol Spritz. The Italian favorite is one of the best day drinking cocktails there is, with a far more complex flavor than typical brunch drinks like the Bellini. Mix Aperol—a lightly bittersweet, citrusy amaro made from orange, rhubarb and gentian—with Prosecco and a little club soda. Garnish with an orange slice and say saluti!

The Essentials

Aperol
Prosecco
Soda
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When it’s too cold outside for a summery Aperol Spritz, look instead to this cozy fall variation that’s inspired by the flavors of Italy’s nearby neighbor, Spain. Nutty, warming fino sherry gets stirred with spicy ginger syrup and topped with Spanish Cava. It’s the perfect low-ABV aperitif to kick off a dinner party.

The Essentials

Fino Sherry
Ginger Syrup
Cava
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Tiki fans will delight in this tropical Spritz, which makes use of robust dark rum, the underrated bitter amaro Cynar, and dry sparkling wine. To really drive home the tiki flavor, the drink also calls for falernum, which is a classic tiki syrup made by infusing rum with almonds, citrus, ginger, sugar and baking spices. Falernum gives the drink a subtle nuttiness and velvety mouthfeel.

The Essentials

dark rum
Cynar 70
falernum
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The traditional Sazerac is a whopping punch of straight, stirred booze, and it’s not for the faint of heart. But this long, spritzy version is sure to please the masses. Just like in a Champagne Cocktail, a Peychaud’s bitters-soaked sugar cube is plopped into the flute glass to slowly release its flavors. Top with absinthe and dry sparkling wine, garnish with a lemon twist, and sip slowly. It may be lighter than the original New Orleans drink, but make no mistake—a Mimosa this is not.

The Essentials

sugar cube
Peychaud’s bitters
Absinthe
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Hot heads who are always trying to prove their Scoville Scale fortitude need to try this Spritz, which includes a painful amount of habanero hot sauce. If you can take the heat, you’ll enjoy a blend of smoky mezcal, vibrant grapefruit juice and sweet-tart Squirt soda, which do their best to temper the fiery, golden spiciness of the habaneros.  

The Essentials

Mezcal
EL Yucateco
Squirt Soda
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Earthy matcha shines in this bright green Spritz, which uses cold-brewed matcha powder, herbal Bison Grass vodka, and a sweet, citrusy oleo saccharum syrup. The refreshing result has a slight savoriness from both the matcha and vodka, and a creaminess from the Japanese tea. Top with soda and a cucumber wheel for the ultimate spa day in a glass.  

The Essentials

Bison Grass Vodka
Cold Brew Matcha
Soda
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La Croix obsessives listen up: We created your new favorite cocktail of all time. This Spritz takes one of the best La Croix seltzer flavors, Muré Pepino (aka blackberry cucumber), and boozes it up with mildly spicy green chile vodka. A little lemon juice and crème de mûre heighten the tart fruitiness and blackberry flavor, and that tiny bit of chile heat will leave you coming back for another sip.

The Essentials

Green Chile Vodka
Crème de Mûre
Muré Pepino La Croix

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