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How to Make a Vermouth Spritz with Martini & Rossi

A Vermouth Spritz is a sweet, refreshing cocktail made with Martini + Rossi vermouth, prosecco, and lime soda. Serve it with a mint garnish.

Use that bottle of vermouth on your bar cart for more than a classic negroni and try a Vermouth Spritz instead. This incredibly special spritz balances the bitter flavors of vermouth with sweet and bubbly sparkling white wine. This simple cocktail only requires five ingredients and is a unique spin on the spritz trend.

Vermouth spritz made with red vermouth in a stemless wine glass garnished with lime and mint.

This Vermouth Spritz is the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. It has a mint garnish that adds to the complexity of the flavors. If you like an Aperol spritz, you need to give the vermouth version a try!

What Is a Vermouth Spritz?

Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. “Fortified” means that the wine contains a spirit, typically brandy. Vermouth is typically either sweet (red vermouth) or dry (white vermouth). It is part of the aperitif liquor family. Aperitifs are served before meals as a dinner drink to stimulate the appetite.

A spritz is a delicious wine-based cocktail that combines sparkling wine, like Prosecco, with bitter liquor and a splash of soda water. Spritz cocktails are extremely popular in warm weather because they are so refreshing. A Vermouth Spritz contains Vermouth versus a more traditional bitter liquor like Campari or Aperol as the base ingredient. This recipe uses a splash of Sprite, or lemon-lime soda, for added sweetness.

Vermouth spritz made with red vermouth in a stemless wine glass garnished with lime and mint.

Use Different Variations of Vermouth to Change the Flavor or Color

Vermouth typically comes in two variations, sweet (red) and dry (white). The variation you use changes the look and taste of the cocktail. Both options are available in liquor stores and are equal parts delicious.

  • Dry (White) Vermouth – White vermouth, or bianco or blanc vermouth, is made with a base of white wine. It is dry with a more floral and acidic flavor. Most white vermouths have strong notes of orange peel and organic herbs. It is typically found in martinis and pairs well with vodka and gin. For a White Vermouth Spritz, use a sweet sparkling wine.
  • Sweet (Red) Vermouth – Red vermouth, or Vermouth Rosso, is fortified from red wine. This amber-hued vermouth is sweeter with a richer flavor. There are subtle flavors of licorice and notes of cinnamon. It is most commonly found in Negronis and Manhattans because it pairs well with bourbon and whiskey. Use a drier Prosecco for a spritz with sweet vermouth.

Ingredients for a Martini + Rossi Vermouth Spritz

  • Martini + Rossi Rosso Vermouth – This recipe uses a sweet vermouth as the base. It has a complex flavor with subtle licorice notes, star anise, and root beer.
  • Martini + Rossi Dry Prosecco – Since this recipe uses a sweet vermouth I paired it with a dry prosecco. You can use any brand of Prosecco, but my choice of bottle for this recipe was Martini + Rossi.
  • Sprite – I prefer Sprite or lemon-lime soda because it is already sweetened. However, club soda, or tonic water, and simple syrup are great substitutes.
  • Lime – Use a wheel of lime, or lime wedges, as garnish and an acidic addition to this cocktail. Sub with lemon and a lemon twist if you prefer.
  • Mint – The rich flavors of the vermouth pair well with fresh mint. The mint elevates this drink to a superb cocktail.
Martini + Rossi spritz in a stemless wine glass with lime and mint.

Why Use Martini + Rossi Vermouth?

Martini + Rossi is an Italian brand of sparkling wines and vermouths. It is one of the most popular and well-known vermouth manufacturers. They have been in business out of Northern Italy since the 1800s. Some people believe the martini cocktail was named after Martini + Rossi. There isn’t any proof for that statement though. For a vermouth cocktail, Martini + Rossi is a safe and dependable option.

This Cocktail Pairs Well With:

Vermouth is found in many classic cocktails and pairs well with light meats, such as seafood. They also balance the tangy flavors of goat cheese and feta cheese. A sweet vermouth is a great complement to rich dark chocolate desserts.

Vermouth spritz made with red vermouth in a stemless wine glass garnished with lime and mint.

How to Make a Vermouth Spritz

A Vermouth Spritz is a classic go-to cocktail and the easiest post-work drink. Use the 3-2-1 rule when preparing this spritz. It should be 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Vermouth, and 1 part soda.

Step One – First, fill a large wine glass or highball glass about three-quarters full with crushed or pebble ice. The smaller ice adds more dilution to the cocktail. 

Step Two – Next, fill the glass halfway with Prosecco. The prosecco is the largest portion of the drink.

Step Three – Then, add an ounce of Martini + Rossi Rosso Vermouth. Add more of the herbaceous aperitif if you prefer a stronger cocktail. 

Step Four – Finish the cocktail with a splash of Sprite. For a less sweet cocktail, use lime-flavored sparkling water. Stir to combine the ingredients so you taste a bit of everything in that very first sip.

Garnish the drink with slices of lime and fresh mint leaves. The mint is an especially great garnish for this drink. It is a great complement to the vermouth.

Can I Make this Spritz in Advance?

Unfortunately, you cannot prepare this cocktail in advance. The prosecco will go flat. It is best to make and enjoy a spritzer right away! The cocktails should also be made as needed rather than in bulk.

This fun Vermouth Spritz recipe is the perfect aperitif for a long dinner or the perfect brunch spritz. It is a fantastic contender for the title of “Spritz of the Summer.”

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Vermouth Spritz with Martini + Rossi

A Vermouth Spritz is a sweet, refreshing cocktail made with Martini + Rossi vermouth, prosecco, and lime soda. Serve it with a mint garnish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Drinks & Smoothies
Servings 1 cocktail

Equipment

  • stemless wine or highball glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz Martini + Rossi sweet vermouth
  • 4 oz dry prosecco
  • 1 oz Sprite or lime sparkling water
  • lime slices
  • mint
  • crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Fill a highball glass or large stemless wine glass about three-quarters full with crushed or pebble ice.
  • Add an ounce of Martini + Rossi sweet vermouth.
  • Fill the glass almost to the top with Martini + Rossi prosecco (about 4 oz).
  • Finish the cocktail with a splash of Sprite. For a less sweet cocktail, use lime-flavored sparkling water.
  • Garnish the drink with slices of lime and fresh mint leaves.
Keyword cocktail, wine cocktail

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