The Summer of Spritz Returns! Enjoy New Warm-Weather Cocktails From Grey Goose
With Memorial Day behind us and summer officially underway, it’s finally time to welcome the return of the “Summer of Spritz”. The wildly forgiving day-drinking cocktail is again popping up on bar menus across the city, this time flooding restaurants and rooftops with unique twists and takes on the classic bubble. Despite its numbered ingredients — usually just a liquor, bitters, and bubbles — the spritz has a unique ability to be pulled and tugged in any number of floral, fruity, fizzy directions.
Last summer, we saw the spritz begin to carve a name for itself on cocktail menus of hotspots from Dante in New York to Broken Shaker in LA as bartenders welcomed the classic cocktail back into the limelight. Dante even went out on a limb and decided to dedicate their entire cocktail menu to the spritz — a change which proved extremely successful.
Below, we’ve included two such spritz recipes expected to define the flavor of the summer: Le Grand Fizz and its sister cocktail, the Fair Winds Fizz. Le Grand Fizz, built with a refreshing combination of Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain Elderflower liquor, lime, and Perrier, is an elevated take on the tried and true vodka soda.
The Le Grand Fizz can be found at hotspots such as Gurney’s in Montauk alongside it’s fruity variations. The Fair Winds Fizz is a tropical twist on this spritz, served with a skyline view at Island Oyster in New York City.
Fair Winds Fizz
1.5oz Grey Goose vodka
Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add pellet ice and give a quick swizzle. Strain into a Collins glass and top with Perrier seltzer. Garnish with a brandied cherry wrapped in an orange peel speared on a Grey Goose pick
Le Grand Fizz
1 ½ oz Grey Goose® vodka
1 oz St-Germain® Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz freshly squeezed lime (approx. Half a lime)
3 Wedges of fresh lime
2 oz chilled Perrier
Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice.
Add Grey Goose vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.