Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitif Cocktail, with Recipes
By Talia Baiocchi + Leslie Pariseau
From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, the spritz – Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitif cocktail – has become synonymous with a leisurely, convivial golden hour. But the spritz is more than just an early evening cocktail – it’s a style of drinking. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Parizeau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and culture, explore the evolution of aperitif throughout the world. From regional classics to modern variations, most lauded bartenders a guide to building a spritz bar, and a collection of food recipes for classic Italian snacks to pair alongside.
Talia Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of Punch and the author of James Beard Award nominated Sherry. She has written for Bon Appetite Soneur, and many more. She lives in Brooklyn.
Leslie Pariseau is the former deputy editor of Punch. She has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, and Saver. She lives in Brooklyn.
Just like Southern Spirits, Spritz gives a history of it’s alcoholic drink, that’s through and very helpful for learning more about the spritz. In addition to the history lesson there are also a ton of recipes and gorgeous photography showing the drinks and how you should serve them. The ingredients are listed out easily for each drink and have a through introduction that talk about not only the history but what it should be paired with. Spritz is like a fun guide book to the drink and is great for a gift for anyone over 21.