Sit back and relax in the summertime sunshine with this strawberry spritz cocktail. Light, fruity, refreshing and a breeze to make!
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If you’re on the hunt for a light and refreshing cocktail that captures the essence of spring and the carefree spirit of summer, look no further than this strawberry spritz.
This recipe is inspired by a recent trip to a local Albany, New York restaurant named Josie’s Table, where I had their ‘Spring Secco’ cocktail. This drink is similar to an Aperol Spritz, but instead of Aperol and orange, it features Lillet and strawberry pureé.
This strawberry spritz combines sweet and subtly tart strawberry puree, citrusy Lillet, effervescent prosecco and seltzer. The result is a beverage that is not only visually stunning but also utterly irresistible.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, lounging by the pool, or simply unwinding after a long week, this strawberry spritz is the perfect boozy companion.
Its bright and cheerful appearance is sure to put a smile on your face, while its light and fruity flavors will transport you to a sun-soaked oasis.
Strawberry puree: made simply by blending fresh strawberries in a blender until smooth.
Lillet: pronounced lee-LAY, it is a French aperitif.
Prosecco: I recommend an extra dry or brut prosecco.
Seltzer: plain seltzer or club soda, or for extra flavor, strawberry or complimenting seltzer flavor (like lemon).
Wash strawberries, remove the stems and cut them in half. Place strawberries into a small blender and blend until smooth.
In a wine glass, add 3 tablespoons of strawberry puree. Next, add ice and strawberry slices.
Pour in Lillet, processo and top everything off with a splash of seltzer. Give everything a quick stir, garnish with a strawberry and you are ready to enjoy.
- Chill all of your ingredients well before assembling cocktails.
- To make strawberry hearts: cut a “V” into the top of the strawberry to cut out the stem, then thinly slice strawberry from stem to tip.
What is Lillet and what does it taste like?
Lillet (pronounced lee-LAY) is a French aperitif that is made with a blend of Bordeaux grapes, fruit and citrus liqueurs. The ABV is 17%, which is higher than regular wine.
Lillet Blanc, which is the kind I used in this recipe and is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, has a crisp, slightly bitter flavor with a honey sweetness. It also has citrus and floral notes, which make it light, refreshing and versatile mixed into cocktails.
Can I make this strawberry spritz ahead of time?
No, because there is prosecco and seltzer in this spritz, the drink will be flat if you try to make it ahead of time or in a big batch.
Lillet: sweet white vermouth, St. Germaine, Amaro Angeleno, Cocchi Americano or Kina L’Avion d’Or.
Prosecco: champagne, if you’re feeling fancy.
Seltzer: club soda. Don’t use tonic.
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If you make this Strawberry Spritz, please leave a comment below and rate this recipe! If you snap a pic, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thechowdown! I love seeing your creations!
- 1/2 cup halved strawberries
- 2 oz Lillet blanc
- 2 oz prosecco
- 1 1/2 oz seltzer or club soda
- strawberry slices
- Wash strawberries, remove the stems and cut them in half. Place strawberries into a small blender and blend until smooth.
- In a wine glass, add strawberry puree. Next, add ice and strawberry slices.
- Pour in Lillet, processo and top everything off with a splash of seltzer. Give everything a quick stir, garnish with a strawberry and you are ready to enjoy.