Sagaponack Spritz

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Grab a beach blanket, pour yourself a glass of rosé, and brace yourself for traffic of epic proportions – summer in the Hamptons is here! I’m celebrating the beginning of “the season” with a cocktail in honor of the Hamptons’ favorite pink drink.

The Sagaponack Spritz is named for the Southampton village that’s home to Wölffer Estate Vineyard, producer of one of the Hamptons’ favorite local rosés. (Justin Bieber was just spotted there last week and apparently tried to order red wine instead. Silly Bieber!)

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Sweet, tart and a little bit bubbly, the Sagaponack Spritz is reminiscent of an Aperol Spritz, but in this year’s big color – pink!  It’s the easiest drink in the world to make- no one needs to be spending an hour in the kitchen making cocktails when you could be outside drinking this one in about three minutes. The Spritz is also a great cocktail for day-drinking. It’s light, refreshing, and not so strong it’ll end your day at 3 PM.

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San Pelligrino makes the best sparkling juice sodas. I made this cocktail with their blood orange soda, and loved the bright orangey-pink color, but it’s also delicious with their grapefruit soda (though you won’t have quite the same pretty shade of pink.) AND, full disclosure, though I would typically suggest garnishing a blood orange drink with a slice of blood orange, all I could find were grapefruits, and no one even noticed the difference. I’m sure Bieber wouldn’t have been able to tell, either.

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Sagaponack Spritz

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle rosé wine
  • 1 (11-ounce) can sparkling blood orange or grapefruit soda, such as San Pellegrino
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Blood orange or grapefruit wedges

Instructions

  • Fill four glass tumblers three-quarters full with ice. Pour 1/3 cup rosé into each glass, followed by 1/3 cup citrus soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and blood orange or grapefruit wedge, and serve cold.
    Note: This recipe is easily multiplied. Simply double the quantities and combine in a large pitcher before pouring individual drinks.
    Copyright 2017, Lidey Heuck, All Rights Reserved
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