White Spritz Cocktail

When it comes to libations, drinking, relaxing, and the related, I'm a beer guy. However, with spring fast approaching (maybe? I dunno, it snowed all weekend) we figured it was time to try our hand at some fun, light, cocktails.

The book Spritz by Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Pariseau is bursting with beautiful photography, delicious, intriguing drinks, and incredible design. I love looking at this book as much as I love trying the drink recipes. The book tells us that a "spritz" by nature needs to be effervescent, bubbly, and carbonated. What a better way to coax spring along than with a classic staple, the White Spritz.

Here's what you need:
- 4 oz. dry white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)
- 2 oz. soda water (seltzer water)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Lemon for garnish

Here's what you do:
- In a small saucepan, add the lemon juice and sugar. Heat and stir until combined. Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes. This is now "lemon syrup" to be used later! You should have enough to make two cocktails.
- Over ice in a wine glass, combine wine, soda water, and 1.5 oz. (one shot) lemon syrup.
- Garnish with lemon wedge or other citrus.

So... that's it. Did I need to put step by step instructions? Maybe, maybe not. The beauty of this light, refreshing, airy cocktail is that it is so incredibly simple to make!

Perfect for summer outside. Or... perfect for wishing it was summer outside!

Sarah & Nick