Just a Spritz: 57 Simple Sparkling Sips with Low to No Alcohol

Artisan. May 2022. 176p. ISBN 9781579659974. $16.95. COOKING
The Aperol spritz made a comeback in 2019 on the 100th anniversary of the Italian bitter and has been the drink of summer ever since. James Beard Award–winner Centoni (Portland Cooks) looks to give the spritz pride of place in readers’ home bars with this fun, comprehensive, approachable drinks guide. She introduces basic spritz ingredients and easy-to-make simple syrups and shrubs and then sets up home mixologists to create their own spritz. Recipes are grouped by flavor (floral, fruit, bitter), so it is easy to select the right cocktail for a given taste, season, or ingredient. There is no need to spend a fortune at the liquor store, because the basics of the spritz remain the same and leave plenty of room for experimentation. The spritz isn’t just for summer either—it delivers a wealth of flavors that make it a good year-round cocktail; and as a naturally low-alcohol drink, the spritz is a popular option for entertaining and day-time affairs—move over, punch bowl! Making this guide even more versatile, many of its recipes include non-alcoholic substitutions (fitting current trends in N/A spirits and dry Januaries).
VERDICT With summer around the corner, Centoni has written the perfect cocktail guide for warm-weather entertaining and enjoying afternoon drinks.
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