For my last post of 2015 and to welcome the new year, I am sharing the recipe for one of the most classic Italian drinks: the Spritz. It is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif. It is prepared with prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari or Cynar and soda water. This drink originated in Venice while the area was part of the Austrian Empire. It seems that the Austrians were not used to the local wines, which were much stronger than what they would drink back home, so they started to add a splash (“Spritz” in German) of water to them to make them lighter. I personally love Spritz. It is a very refreshing drink, perfect as an aperitif. I made this for Christmas and I will likely make it again for New Year’s Eve. Try it and let me know what you think… cheers and Happy New Year everyone!