2 oz Vermouth [D’Pampe]
3/4 oz Rose Liqueur [Wild Moon]
.5 oz Elderflower liqueur [St. Elder]
.25 oz lemon juice
Shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Top with ~2 oz of Prosecco. Garnish with lemon “rose”.
A week or so ago I was out somewhere and got a Spritz, and was reminded of how deliciously simple they are. Right then and there, I decided this was going to be the #summorofspritzes. After all, they are best enjoyed outside, ideally with the sun on your face. While the weather hasn’t quite turned the corner here in New England, I decided to kick things off anyway.
Plus, when thinking about a drink for Mother’s Day, I realized Spritzes are perfect. Low ABV (prefect for day drinking), simple, and bubbly, they make a lovely brunch cocktail. And Mother’s Day is a pretty big brunch day.
Also, recently I received some Wild Moon Liqueurs from the Hartford Flavor company. These liqueurs pack some big flavor, without any of the cloying sweetness sometimes found in liqueurs. Their varieties are particularly inspired – my set includes Birch, Rose, and Lavender liqueurs. Admittedly, I was super excited for the Birch, since I’ve been on team birch beer since I was like 10. But the floral ones really surprised me. It’s like they stuffed a whole bouquet right in the bottle!
I figured since flowers on Mother’s Day are a thing, why not do a floral spritz. I combined the Rose liqueur with D’pampe vermouth – a graprefruit tinged fortified wine that added some nice citrus notes – Elderflower liqueur to bring in some more botanicals, and lemon juice for a bit of tartness. Top it off with some bubbles courtesy of Prosecco, and you’ve got one lovely drink to celebrate that special mom in your life. Flowery, zesty, fresh, and very drinkable, it can go with almost any Mother’s Day activity.
Even if you don’t have all these bottles on hand, I highly recommend whipping up a Spritz for Mom on Sunday. Even the classic Aperol Spritz, with it’s pink hue and lively flavors, can bring some welcomed elegance to any affair.