Select Spritz (Select Venetian Spritz)

Sip on sophistication with this classic Venetian Select Spritz. Made with Select Aperitivo, prosecco, and sparkling water, this cocktail is the perfect blend of Italian elegance. Try this simple recipe for a delightful and refreshing low-ABV cocktail experience with its sweet-tangy, citrus, and slight bitter flavor.

A classic Venetian Select Spritz is the epitome of Italian sophistication. Whether enjoyed as an aperitif on a warm summer evening or as a celebratory toast, Select Spritz is sure to impress. This simple recipe from Select Aperitovo mixes up a delicious Select Spritz and brings a touch of Venice to your next gathering.

ORIGIN

Select Spritz is a classic cocktail that comes from Venice. It’s a drink people usually have before dinner to get their appetite going. Around 1920 locals in Venice started adding a little bit of sparkling water to their wine to make it more refreshing.

The recipe changed over time, and they started adding aperitivo, like Select Aperitivo, to make the drink more flavorful and balanced. Today, people worldwide enjoy Select Spritz for its for its unique flavor and sophisticated style.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS DRINK

You will probably love this Select Spritz recipe for its light-bitter and refreshing taste. Other reasons why this drink is so popular: 

  • Firstly, it uses high-quality ingredients, including Select Aperitivo, which adds a unique, herbal flavor to the drink.
  • Secondly, the recipe strikes the perfect balance between the bitterness of the aperitivo, the prosecco’s sweetness, and the sparkling water’s crispness. This balance creates a smooth and refreshing taste.
  • Lastly, Select Spritz is incredibly versatile and can be served as an aperitif, a celebratory drink, or as an accompaniment to a meal.

INGREDIENTS

The ingredients used in Select Spritz create a balanced, flavorful drink. Here’s a closer look at each ingredient and why it’s used:

Select Aperitivo
This is a type of Italian bitter liqueur that adds a unique, herbal flavor to the drink. It is made from a blend of 30 botanicals and spices, such as juniper berries and rhubarb roots. It is relatively low in alcohol/low-ABV (16% by volume), moderately sweet, and moderately bitter. And according to this source, it is vegan-friendly. 
 
Prosecco
This Italian sparkling wine adds a sweet, effervescent quality to the drink. Prosecco is known for its light and crisp taste, making it an ideal choice for a cocktail like Select Spritz. Most prosecco is vegan-friendly.

Sparkling Water
This ingredient adds a bit of effervescence to the drink and helps balance out the prosecco’s sweetness. It also provides a light and crisp quality to the drink, making it even more refreshing.

A bottle of prosecco, next to a bottle of select aperitivo and sparkling water with ice cubes and olives and a silver spoon on a round marble backdrop with the names of the ingredients next to it in bold.

HOW TO MAKE SELECT SPRITZ (STEP-BY-STEP WITH PHOTOS)

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for making a classic Select Spritz:

Step 1. 
Fill a wine glass with ice.

Step 2.
Add 2 oz (60 ml) of Select Aperitivo.

Step 3.
Pour in 3 oz (90 ml) of prosecco.

Step 4.
Add 1 oz (30 ml) of sparkling water.

Step 5.
Gently stir the ingredients.

Step 6.
Garnish with an orange slice or a green olive, if desired. Enjoy!

With these simple steps, you’ll have a delicious Select Spritz in no time. The key is to use high-quality ingredients and adjust the ratios to suit your personal taste preference.

For the full recipe with the exact quantities of all the ingredients, see the recipe card.Β 

VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

There are several variations and substitutions that can be made to this Select Spritz recipe to create different flavors and styles. Here are some suggestions:

Aperitivo
Other aperitivos such as Campari, Aperol, or Cynar can be used as a substitute. This will result in a slightly different flavor profile but will still provide the same bitterness that is essential to the recipe. 

Prosecco
Other sparkling wines such as Cava, champagne, or Moscato can be used as a substitute. This will result in a slightly different flavor profile but will still provide the same effervescence and sweetness to the drink.

Sparkling Water
Cold still water or club soda can be used as a substitute. This will not result in the same effervescence, but will still provide a light and crisp quality to the drink.

Flavor Variations
Different juices or syrups can be added to the drink to create different flavor variations. For example, adding a splash of orange juice or a bit of elder flower syrup will create a sweeter, fruitier drink.

Feel free to try something new. Whether you add a splash of fresh fruit juice or swap out the sparkling wine for champagne, the possibilities are endless. 

EXPERT TIPS

Here are some expert tips for making the perfect Select Spritz:

Use high-quality ingredients
The quality of the ingredients you use will have a big impact on the final flavor of your Select Spritz. Choose for example a good-quality prosecco to ensure the best results.

Adjust the ratios
The ratios of the ingredients in the Select Spritz recipe are a guide and can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a sweeter drink, increase the amount of prosecco. If you prefer a more bitter drink, feel free to add more aperitivo.

Chill your ingredients
Make sure to chill your ingredients before making the Select Spritz. This will help keep the drink cold and refreshing.

Stir gently
When combining the ingredients in your Select Spritz, stir gently to avoid disturbing the effervescence of the prosecco.

Experiment with garnishes
The orange slice or green olive garnish is traditional for the Select Spritz, but you can also try other garnishes, such as a lemon twist, or a mint sprig to add an extra layer of flavor.

Make it a pitcher cocktail for your guests to enjoy
To adjust the recipe for a larger quantity, multiply the ingredients by the desired number of servings and mix in a pitcher. This will save time and also ensures that everyone is able to enjoy a perfectly mixed spritz.
 
Use large ice cubes
Spritz cocktails are typically served over ice, which helps to keep the drink cold and refreshing. Be sure to use large ice cubes to ensure that the drink stays well-chilled. Smaller ice cubes melt faster, and this can dilute your drink.

A red colored select spritz cocktail with ice cubes in a wine glass with a stem on a marble backdrop.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Select the same as Aperol?

Select Spritz and Aperol Spritz are two similar but distinct cocktails. The essential difference between the two is the type of aperitivo used as the main ingredient.

In a Select Spritz, the main ingredient is Select Aperitivo, which is a less well-known but similarly bitter-sweet aperitivo to Aperol. Select Spritz has a lighter, more refined flavor profile compared to Aperol Spritz.

On the other hand, Aperol Spritz is made with Aperol, which is a popular aperitivo with a more distinct, vibrant orange flavor and hue. Aperol Spritz is a bit sweeter than Select Spritz and has a more pronounced bitter-sweet flavor. But Select Spritz has more rich flavors of vanilla and ginger and a more vibrant and bright flavor.

Both drinks are traditionally made with prosecco and sparkling water and garnished with an orange slice or green olive.

What does Select Spritz taste like?

The Select Aperitivo website explains it best: sweet-bitter, citrus, spicy and tropical; what the luxury of time tastes like.

Where can I buy Select Aperitivo?

Select Aperitivo is not a widely available brand, so it may be difficult to find at local liquor stores. However, you can try looking for it in specialty liquor stores that carry imported Italian products or online liquor retailers that specialize in hard-to-find and niche products.

Is Select better than Campari?

It depends. Firstly, as far as I know, Campari is vegetarian and not vegan-friendly.

Select and Campari differ significantly in their alcohol content, with Select being milder than Campari’s 24% ABV. This lower alcohol content has its advantages for Select, as it allows its spicy aromas to be more pronounced and noticeable.
 

A red colored select spritz cocktail with ice cubes garnished with a green olive on a cocktail skewer in a wine glass on a marble backdrop with the name of the recipe written in bold on it.

SELECT SPRITZ RECIPE

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Select Spritz (Select Venetian Spritz)


Description

Experience Italian sophistication with Venetian Select Spritz; a blend of Select Aperitivo, prosecco & sparkling water. Impress your guests with this classic cocktail as an aperitif or celebratory toast.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 oz (60ml) select aperitivo
  • 3 oz (90 ml) prosecco
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sparkling water / seltzer water
  • enough large ice cubes to fill the glass

Instructions

  1. Fill a wine glass halfway with large ice cubes.

  2. Add 2 oz (60 ml) of Select Aperitivo.

  3. Pour in 3 oz (90 ml) of prosecco.

  4. Add 1 oz (30 ml) of sparkling water.

  5. Gently stir the ingredients.

  6. Garnish with an orange slice or a green olive, if desired. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • Choose high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the ratios of the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. For a sweeter drink, add more prosecco; for a more bitter drink, add more aperitivo.
  • Chill the ingredients before making the Select Spritz to keep the drink cold and refreshing.
  • Stir the ingredients gently to avoid disturbing the effervescence of the prosecco.
  • To add extra flavor, experiment with different garnishes, such as a lemon twist or mint sprig.
  • Make a pitcher of Select Spritz for guests by multiplying the ingredients by the desired servings and mixing in a pitcher.
  • Serve the Select Spritz over large ice cubes to keep the drink cold and prevent dilution. Avoid using smaller ice cubes that melt faster.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 359
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 77.4mg
  • Fat: 15.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.5g
  • Protein: 16.3g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg

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