Sangria Spritz
Yield: 1 serving
Three main ingredients and an easy-to-remember ratio makes a light, refreshing Sangria Spritz as convenient as it is crowd-pleasing.  


  • 3 ounces (85ml) Lambrusco, chilled*
  • 2 ounces (57ml) Aperol
  • 2 ounces (57ml) sparkling water or club soda, chilled
  • Optional: splash of Fresca or Sprite
  • Garnish options: slice of apple and orange (my go-to); also delicious as the seasons allow are peach or nectarine slices, strawberries, cherries, apricots, pears, red and/or green grapes, and/or lemon or lime wheel


  1. Add ice to a red wine goblet, tumbler, or double old-fashioned glass, and pour in the Lambrusco and Aperol. Top with the sparkling water and gently stir to combine. A splash of the optional Fresca or Sprite is perfect for those who enjoy a hint more sweetness.

    Drop in the fruit garnishes and enjoy. I like to squeeze one orange slice into the drink – the juice is a lovely addition – and garnish with a second.


* When buying Lambrusco, I look for a dry (secco) or barely sweet (semisecco) bottle. It’s typically located near the Prosecco, Champagne, and other sparkling wines. I often purchase Emilio by Nessun Dorma.

Tailor the flavor to taste by adding an extra splash of Aperol and/or a squeeze of a juicy orange garnish for more sweetness or a squeeze of lime for more tartness.

When serving the spritzes in warm weather, when ice melts quickly, I reduce the sparkling water to 1½ ounces so as not to have a watered-down drink.

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