Summertime is the perfect time for a spritzer. Spritzers derive their name from carbonation added to any combination of fruit juice, wine or hard alcohol. An Aperol Spritz or White Wine Spritzer are probably the most popular of cocktails in this category, but during the warmer months, it’s always a superb idea to use fresh juices like watermelon to create a more refreshing spritzer at home.
Campari is an Italian liqueur often served as an aperitif at the 5 o’clock hour. It’s bitter taste pairs elegantly with fresh fruit juice, especially watermelon, creating a combination that’s bursting with luscious flavors. The pink hued cocktail is not only gorgeous in color, but tantalizes the taste buds and will make any summer a bit more inviting. It’s the perfect sipper at sunset, or in the afternoon with a light meal. They’re even fun to enjoy with friends over a Zoom call anytime of the day. Don’t you just love summer?!
1/2 watermelon or 2 cups watermelon juice
8 ounces Campari
8 ounces sparkling water
edible flowers, optional
(Makes 4 Spritzers)
- Place chunks of watermelon in a blender, puree until smooth. Pass through a fine mesh strainer and pour into a pitcher. Chill.
- Add 4 ounces of watermelon juice to each glass filled with ice. Add 2 ounces of Campari to each glass, stir. Add sparkling water to rim. Top with flowers and a straw, if desired. Cheers!