Spritz Americain

Spritz Americain

Courtesy of Tad Carducci, JW Marriott and Tippling Bros.

Tad Carducci has certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and a cocktail book under his belt (Tippling Bros. A Lime and Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). He loves this light spritzer, calling it an “American update to a European classic.” He says that fresh lemon and grapes give it an anti-oxidizing boost to ward off whatever winter throws at us. Carducci developed the recipe for JW Marriott, and the drink can be found on menus of their properties nationwide.

  • 5 green seedless grapes
  • 3 ounces dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce maple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda, to top
  • Lemon slice, for garnish
  • Sliced green grapes, for garnish

Muddle grapes in a mixing tin.  Add all remaining ingredients, minus soda.  Shake until thoroughly mixed and strain over square cubes in a wine glass.  Top with soda and stir.  Garnish with dried lemon wheel and green grape slices.

Published on January 7, 2016

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