A QUICK NIP OF GIN HISTORY
Although the origin of the spritz is considered Italian, the cocktail creation came about during the Austrian Empire’s rule over Venice in the 1800s. Known for their love of beer, the Austrians living in Venice sought a lighter drink to quench the thirst brought on by Italian summer but struggled with the full-bodied wines of the region. To combat the heaviness of the wine, they often mixed it with water to create a lighter beverage. However, long before the Austrians were drinking spritzes, the Ancient Greeks were watering down their wine. The Greeks believed that only Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and grape harvest, was strong enough to consume pure, undiluted wine.
The name ‘spritz’ most likely originated from the German word spritzen (to spray). In 1919, the creation of the Aperol spritz began to pave the way for spritz recipes, which were constantly tweaked until the ideal ratio of three parts prosecco, two parts sour alcohol or bitters and one part seltzer was agreed upon. When prosecco became a fashionable drink in the 1970s, the spritz shot to fame and has held its place as one of summer’s most popular drinks since.