A spritz cocktail, the Martini Royale is a light sweet and sour drink for aperitivo o’clock.
This Martini Royale cocktail is a very unique aperitif drink, ideal to enjoy before a meal or while dinner is cooking or while all the guests arrive.
It boasts the perfect balance between sweetness and sourness, with a touch of citrus from limes and aromatic freshness from mint.
Like our Martini Spritz, this Martini Royale is a lovely variation on the Spritz cocktail family. A very refreshing and bubbly aperitivo drink prepare the appetite before the main meal.
What Is An Aperitivo?
Aperitivo is a lovely Mediterranean tradition, popular in Italy, Spain and Greece.
Its roots consists one of the main philosophical pillars of the Mediterranean diet, which is slow food and good conversations around a table.
Aperitivo is usually served before lunch or dinner. It features salty appetizers ( like cured meats), cheeses, olives, and almost any small finger food, alongside some drinks like vermouth, beer or wine.
What Goes Into A Martini Royale?
Prosecco wine — This cocktail is usually made with Prosecco wine, an Italian sparkling wine. However, other sparkling wines like Cava or champagne will work.
Make sure to select a wine that is not too sweet. Brut nature, extra brut or brut are ideal since the Martini Bianco is already extremely sweet.
Martini Bianco — Also known as “bianchissimo” (or extra white). Martini Bianco consists of a sweet vanilla flower with other botanicals notes over a base of white wine.
Lime — The juice of one lime for a touch of citrus and aroma.
Mint — To garnish but to also add the final touches of aroma.
Useful Equipment To Make A Martini Spritz Cocktail
Wine goblet — Or any glasses preferred
Cocktail spoon — To stir
For more tasty cocktail recipes, here are a few we like —
- Italian Martini Spritz Cocktail Recipe
- Cream Polka Dot Martini Recipe
- Apple Brandy Cocktail Recipe
- Easy Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe
Martini Royale Recipe
- Wine goblet
- 3 oz Martini Bianco
- 3 oz Prosecco wine
- 1 oz lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1 spin mint leaves for garnish
- 1 lime wedge for garnish
- Crushed ice cubes
- Best consumed right after making it.
- You can substitute Prosecco wine with Cava or champagne.
- Do not substitute lime juice with bottled lime juice, only freshly squeezed juice will do.
- To smack or slap the mint: Place the mint leaves or sprig in one hand and gently smack it with the other warm up and release the oils.
- Fill 3/4 of a wine goblet with crushed ice (preferable big chunks).
- Add the freshly squeezed lime juice.
- Add the Martini Bianco.
- Add the Prosecco and mix gently with the cocktail spoon.
- Snack the mint so it releases the aromas before adding it in the glass.
- Finish with a lime wedge.
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