The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail that you serve as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The drink consists of prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Cynar, or, especially in Venice, with Select.
Then top the glass off with sparkling mineral water. Typically you serve it over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnish a slice of orange. Or sometimes you garnish with an olive, depending on the liqueur. Another variation of the drink uses champagne with the liqueur rather than prosecco.
The drink originates in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire. And it is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and soda water. Another idea is that the name of the drink links to an Austrian wine in the region of the Wachau.
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