The easy to make — and even easier to drink — spritz cocktail is having a moment this summer, and for good reason. Low in alcohol, refreshing, and with day-drinking levels of ease, spritzes have quickly made their way to the top as MVP cocktail of choice for the hot weather months.

A spritz is typically some combination of extra dry Prosecco or champagne, soda water, and bitters — but for this round-up, I’m just gonna say that if it’s bubbly and refreshing and tastes unmistakably like summer, it counts.

Serve it ice cold, and toast to the fact that, while summer fades, fruity fizzy drinks are a good thing all year around. From tiki-inspired twists to grapefruit and sage-laced recipes, scroll on for 10 spritzes you need to try before summer is over.

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Palm Springs Spritz, by Camille Styles

The recipe features vodka and zesty pineapple juice (does anything taste more like vacation?) topped off with crisp and fruity Prosecco. The drink is a refreshing complement to cocktail hour snacks like avocado carpaccioeverything toast, or veggie rolls with spicy nut sauce.

Wild Heart Cocktail, by Epicurious 

This crisp cocktail melds delicate orange flavors with bitter lemon soda. It’s amazing on its own, but also delicate enough to go well with any food pairing.

Smashed Blackberry Sage Spritz, by Food52

Here, bitter, bright-green Suze gets some spritz-ing. “I love its electric green color and how it kind of punches you in the mouth with flavor,” says recipe author Samantha Weiss Hills. “This is not a bashful aperitif, but its herbal, citrus, and bitter qualities can be harnessed and complemented, made graceful.”

Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash, by My Diary of Us

This cocktail is so easy to make, and what I love about it is that it can be served at brunch for a fancier mimosa alternative, or for happy hour at your weekend dinner party. A cocktail that can turn from day to night without hesitation is a cocktail that I definitely want to be drinking!

Blackberry French 75, by Heather Cristo

This blackberry French 75 has all of the charm and elegance of the original, but with the added flavor and color of blackberry. It’s totally lovely and perfect for summer entertaining on the patio.

Cucumber Mint Sparkler, by Domesticate Me

As far as cocktail profiles go, these are on the light, bright and slightly sweet side. Cucumber is muddled with fresh lime juice, shaken with vodka and mint simple syrup, and then topped with a heavy pour of Prosecco or champagne. You get the cucumber and bubbles on your taste buds first and then a surprising, minty finish. It’s straight-up delightful!

Ginger Citrus Spritz, by Camille Styles 

This simple recipe is a perfect base for adding any combination of garnishes that you’d like. We kept this one fresh with clementines, blueberries, cucumber, and basil. Yum!

Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktail, by the Floating Kitchen

The brightness of grapefruit juice is what makes this bubbly cocktail such an appealing way to celebrate summer.  Squeezing your own grapefruit juice is ideal, but if you’re going to be making these for a big crowd, then store bought grapefruit juice would do just fine.

Lillet Rose Cocktail, by Martha Stewart

Lillet Rose, a fortified-wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatel, has the aroma of flowers and ripe berries — perfect for a summertime aperitif. Garnishing the drinks with edible flowers is a lovely touch!

Strawberry Basil Cucumber Rosé Sangria, by Heather Christo

The basil and cucumber are so refreshing in this cocktail – makes it for perfect summer days by the pool! You could use sparkling wine, prosecco, muscato or champagne for this lovely punch.

 

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