How To Make An Italian Red Wine Spritz

Now, we have a cocktail that may seem like a cardinal sin for Italians - a red wine spritz. It is known as the ‘Giostra d’Alcol’. This translates to carousel of alcohol which is a rather fitting name. This concoction is actually the work of an artist, rather than a mixologist. It comes from the Italian Futurist Enrico Parmpolini. This world-famous painter is renowned for his weird and wonderful paintings, but he is also credited with this weird and wonderful drink. It combines red wine, (traditionally Barbera), with Campari, a splodge of honey and lemon soda. Then, in a manner befitting an avant-garde artist it is garnished with cheese and chocolate. We’ve opted to stray from this template and use a slice of orange, but if you want a taste of the original, then crack on!
  • Prep & Cooking Time – 5mins
  • Serves – 2 People
  • Level – Easy
  • 50ml Red Wine (Traditionally Barbera, but any light and acidic red wine will work)
  • 25ml Campari
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • 25ml Lemon Soda (Good quality lemonade will be fine)
  • 2 x Orange Slices (For Garnish) - Feel free to opt for the classic cheese and chocolate if you’re feeling avant-garde
  • Step 1

    Let’s Learn How To Make An Italian Red Wine Spritz, (the brainchild of Italian futurist painter Enrico Prampolini). Combine the Red Wine, Campari and Honey over Ice.

  • Step 2

    Stir strongly and then top with soda and add your garnish.

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