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Lambrusco Spritz

This Lambrusco Spritz is a feast in a glass! The bitterness of amaro and the bittersweet bubbly flavors of Lambrusco are complex enough, but add the orange juice and it’ll be like fireworks on your tongue! The citrus lifts the wine’s flavors until they’re soaring! Add some sparkling water to level everything out, and then garnish with juicy orange slices and salty olives. You won’t want to miss this fresh take on the Aperol spritz! 

A lowball glass filled with lambrusco spritz with a silver cocktail pick with three green olives on it and a large cara cara orange wedge. Other citrus pieces in the back and a small bowl of green olives

Why You’ll Love This Lambrusco Spritz

A Lambrusco spritz is the ultimate year-round spritz! It’s refreshing and sweet enough to be a spring and summer cocktail, but the deep flavors of Lambrusco lend themselves to a warming fall and winter vibe. 

Lambrusco is a sparkling red wine made in Italy and it’s about time we start using it more often! It’s bittersweet and absolutely perfect paired with citrus, so it should come as a surprise to no one that I added cara cara orange juice to this spritz. In astrology speak, if a blood orange strawberry spritz was my sun, this Lambrusco spritz would be my moon. 

Imagine drinking this bubbly beverage late at night with a belly full of pasta and delicious conversation!

a gold jigger, small white bowl with green olives, a bottle of lambrusco sparkling red wine, a small green bottle of pellegrino, a large bottle of Amaro, a basil plant in a terra cotta pot, a few citrus wedges on a small wooden cutting board

Ingredients

Just a few ingredients are required to make a spritz that has some serious depth of flavor! You can use any oranges you want, but I’m going to use cara cara, and as for the Lambrusco – the flavors and bitterness depend on the kind of grape that’s used. I recommend trying a couple to find your favorite, or go for Lambrusco Grasparossa which has a bit more sweetness to it. 

  • Amaro
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Lambrusco 
  • Sparkling water
  • Garnish: Orange wedge and green olives

Optional: Swap out the orange juice for grapefruit juice, and try garnishing with different things! Cherries would complement any bitterness really nicely. 

a gold spoon pouring ice into a slow glass filled with ice. Cara cara orange juice being poured into a low glass with ice

How To Make a Lambrusco and Amaro Spritz

Step 1: Mix Amaro and Lambrusco

Fill a large wine glass with ice and then add amaro and orange juice. Stir this mixture together gently, and then add in the Lambrusco. Stir once more. 

Step 2: Sparkling Water and Garnish

Top the glass with sparkling water and then garnish with an orange wedge and green olives. 

a gold jigger pouring cara cara orange juice into a low glass filled with ice. sparkling red wine being poured into a low ball with ice and orange juice.

FAQs

What goes in a spritz? 

A spritz is a delightful beverage that’s comprised of some combination of wine, sparkling water, and a bitter alcohol. Each recipe is different though, and you can play around with the flavors and bubbles based on your preference. 

How do you make Lambrusco taste better?

By making it a spritz, of course! I made my Lambrusco spritz blood orange-flavored so the citrus cuts the bitterness of the amaro and complements the flavors of Lambrusco. Enjoy!

What does Amaro taste like? 

Amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian, so you can expect bitterness with a slightly sweet herbal flavor. 

two lambrusco spritz glasses filled with silver cocktail picks with three green olives and a large citrus wedge. in the back is a bottle of lambrusco and a bottle of amaro. Citrus wedges sitting on top of a small wooden cutting board.

Serving Suggestions

A Lambrusco spritz calls for an Italian-themed menu! Here are some delicious recipes to inspire a dreamy dinner party. Prego! 

two low ball glasses filled with lambrusco spritz and garnished with a silver cocktail pick with three green olives and a large citrus wedge. Small bowl of green olives in the back.

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Lambrusco Spritz

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This Lambrusco Spritz is a feast in a glass! The bitterness of amaro and the bittersweet bubbly flavors of Lambrusco are complex enough, but add the orange juice and it’ll be like fireworks on your tongue! The citrus lifts the wine’s flavors until they’re soaring! Add some sparkling water to level everything out, and then garnish with juicy orange slices and salty olives. You won’t want to miss this fresh take on the Aperol spritz! 


Ingredients

Scale

1 oz Amaro

1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice (going to use cara cara)

3 oz lambrusco wine (sparkling red wine)

Sparkling water

Garnish: orange wedge and green olives


Instructions

  1. Fill a large wine glass with ice and add amaro and orange juice. Stir together gently. Add in the lambrusco wine and stir together once more.
  2. Top the glass off with 1-2 oz of sparkling water and garnish with an orange wedge and green olives.

Notes

Note: You can swap the orange juice for grapefruit juice if you’d prefer!

Keywords: lambrusco spritz, amaro spritz, blood orange lambrusco

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