Champagne ! In victory one deserve it in defeat one need it ! (c) Napoleon Bonaparte

Spritz was born during the period of the Habsburg domination in Veneto (Italy) in the 1800s. The soldiers, but also the various merchants, diplomats and employees of the Habsburg Empire in Veneto became quickly accustomed to drinking local drinking wine in the taverns, but they were not familiar with the wide variety of wines from the Veneto, and the alcohol content, higher than that of the wines to which they were accustomed, was also a novelty. The newcomers started to ask to the local hosts to spray a bit of water into the wine (spritzen, in German) to make the wines lighter; the real original Spritz was, in fact, strictly composed of sparkling white wine or red wine diluted with fresh water. The first evolution of Spritz arrived in the early 1900s, when siphons for carbonated water became widely available and made it possible to make a sparkling Spritz using still wine. This development introduced the Spritz to new types of customers, such as Austrian noblewomen, who, with the drink’s touch of glamour, could now afford to be seen drinking a soft drink. Over the years the drink has “grown up” with the infinite variety of possible additions such as a sort of liquor (Aperol, Campari, Select) or a bitter as the China Martini or Cynar with a lemon peel inside.

Spritz & Champagne

The Spritz (German: “splash” / “sparkling”, also called Spritz Veneziano or just Veneziano) is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The drink is prepared with prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Cynar, or, especially in Venice, with Select. The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnished a slice of orange, or sometimes an olive, depending on the liqueur. Another variation of the drink uses champagne with the liqueur rather than prosecco. The drink originated in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire, and is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and soda water; another idea is that the name of the drink would be linked to that of a typical Austrian wine in the region of the Wachau.

The Bitterbender

Raspberries,  Bourbon, Cacao Infused Campari, Lemon Juice, Ginger Syrup, Dry Champagne, Lemon & Orange twist

Bitter French

Plymouth Gin, Campari, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Dry Champagne, Grapefruit twist

booming Granny

Cognac, Lime Juice, Ginger Syrup, Dry Champagne

Upper West Side

Russian Vodka, Strawberry smashed, Sweet Red Pepper syrup, Lemon Juice, Cynar , Coriander, Proseco Sparkling Wine

Suzie Q

Calvados, Lemon Juice, Cinammon Syrup, Ginger Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Sparkling Rose

Elder Fashion Royale

Plymouth Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Orange bitters, Dry Champagne, Grapefruit twist

Mig Royale

Plymouth Gin, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Dry Champagne

Drunken Skull

Rum Anejo, Aged Rum , Grenadine, Lemon Juice, Absinth , Dry Champagne

Cartel

Barsol Pisco, Aperol, Red Grapefruit juice, Lemon Juice, Simple syrup, Dry Champagne