I discovered the “Venetian Spritz” cocktail last summer in Italy and have been an avid fan ever since. This spritz is very popular in Venice and is usually enjoyed as an aperitif. The drink consists of a light white wine, a splash of Campari and topped of with sparkling water and an orange slice as garnish. Although I was introduced to this beverage during the summer months, I think it would be a great addition to any holiday celebration. The light and refreshing taste provides the perfect contrast to the richer foods we all tend to indulge in during this time of the year. Additionally, you can adjust the alcohol content by replacing some of the wine with more sparkling water. Campari is an Italian biter and may take a of getting used to if you prefer a sweeter drink. If you find the Campari to be to bitter, add only a splash for color and squeeze in a bit more fresh orange juice for sweetness.

This is an extremely versatile cocktail that can be adjusted to a variety of personal tastes. I hope you will try this festive and refreshing cocktail this holiday season. Buon Natale!!

Venetian Spritz Cocktail:
4 oz Pinot Grigio, chilled
1/2-1 oz Campari
1-2 oz Pelligrino or other Unflavored Mineral Water, Chilled
1 Orange wedge
Add first three ingredients to a large wine or cocktail glass in order. Squeeze orange juice from wedge into glass, then add the wedge to glass. Drink and Enjoy!

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