The Martini Spritz is a classic aperitif cocktail, a bubbly cocktail that never fails to refresh and impress.
The Martini Spritz is an aromatic and refreshing cocktail with very interesting floral notes.
It’s an aperitivo-style drink, like the Martini Fiero (but more bubbly). Both are perfect for enjoying before a meal, alongside some small bites and a good conversation.
But First, What is a Spritz?
A Spritz (pronounced “Spriss”) is a cocktail style that originated in Northern Italy, in the Veneto Region. Another example of a spritz is the Elderflower Aperol Spritz Cocktail.
They are refreshing and not too high in alcohol content. Both are ideal for working up your appetite before a meal.
A Spritz cocktail is usually composed of Prosecco wine and Amari-style liqueurs. Prosecco is a dry sparkling wine from the North of Italy.
The Spritz Veneziano cocktail recipe is a great way to try Prosecco wine. Amari-style liqueurs include Campari’s or vermouths like Martini.
Sometimes a splash of soda is added to tie everything up for more bubbles. Amari liqueurs and vermouths are very similar. Both are infused with aromatics. However, their liqueur bases differ.
The Difference Between Martini Liqueur and a Martini Cocktail
Is there a difference between a martini liqueur and a martini cocktail? No, a Martini liqueur and a martini cocktail are the same.
Martini is a brand of Italian liqueurs that specializes in vermouths and sparkling wines. Vermouths are red or white wines infused with all kinds of aromatics like herbs or fruits.
The famous Martini cocktail showcases a cocktail made with gin and dry white Martini (or any vermouth of the same characteristics).
What Goes Into This Martini Spritz?
Martini Extra Dry — Martinis feature a unique blend of flavors and aromas that range from wood, herbs, and flowers (the main tartness comes from Florentine Orris roots, a type of iris flower), to hints of citrus and raspberry.
Prosecco wine — I opted for a Gancia Prosecco Brut, which is a dry Prosecco. However, feel free to choose a sweeter brand. The different dryness levels go from “brut nature” being the driest, “extra brut,” “brut,” “extra dry,” “dry” (or sec), “semi sec,” and “dolce” (or sweet).
Don’t go extra dry when selecting your Prosecco for this particular cocktail. Otherwise, the drink will be too sweet and defy its “aperitivo” spirit.
Cucumber and mint— Not only for garnishing, but they both add an aromatic flavor profile that compliments the martini liqueur.
Club soda — Optional for an additional final bubbly splash.
Useful Equipment to Make This Martini Spritz Cocktail
Balloon glass — If you don’t own any, it’s best served in big glasses.
Potato peeler or mandolin — To make the cucumber ribbons.
Cocktail spoon — To stir (no cocktail shaker required)!
Fast and Easy Way to Make Italian Martini Spritz Cocktail
Step 1 – Fill a balloon glass with 3 or 4 ice cubes (about 3/4 of the glass).
Step 2 – Cut a few cucumber ribbons lengthwise with the potato peeler.
Step 3 – Add the cucumber ribbons to the glass. You can also press them into the glass walls.
Step 4 – Add the Dry Martini.
Step 5 – Add the prosecco and mix gently with the cocktail spoon.
Step 6 – Garnish with the mint leaves.
Step 7– Add a splash of club soda for extra bubbles.
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How to Make the Martini Spritz Cocktail Recipe
- Balloon glass or big glass
- Potatoe peeler or mandolin
- 1/2 cup Martini Extra dry
- 2/3 cup Prosecco wine
- 1 splash club soda optional
- 2 Cucumber ribbons for garnish
- 2-3 mint leaves for garnish
- Ice cubes
This cocktail is best consumed right after making it.
- Fill a balloon glass with 3 or 4 ice cubes (about 3/4 of the glass).
- Cut a few cucumber ribbons lengthwise with the potato peeler.
- Add the cucumber ribbons to the glass. You can also press them into the glass walls
- Add the Dry Martini.
- Add the prosecco and mix gently with the cocktail spoon.
- Garnish with the mint leaves.
- Add a splash of club soda for extra bubbles.
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