Recipes

Sensa Spritz

A cocktail garnished with cucumber slices.
Reprinted with permission from "Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes" by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photo by Dylan + Jeni © 2016.

"Each spring, for over a thousand years, Venice has celebrated its Festa della Sensa, or the city’s marriage to the sea. A ritual that recognizes the island people’s dependence on the Adriatic for their livelihood, Sensa was, and still is, initiated with a parade of boats and the tossing of a gold ring into the sea on the day of the Ascension. Meant to evoke the lagoon waters surrounding Venice, the Sensa Spritz is cool, dry, and mildly bitter with a base of Salers, a French aperitif, and dry vermouth bound together with the cooling herbaceousness of cucumber." — from "Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes" by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau.

Ingredients

  • pinch sea salt
  • 12 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 34 ounce Salers
  • 34 ounce Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 12 ounce fresh lime juice
  • soda water

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sea salt and simple syrup with the cucumber slices. Add the Salers, vermouth, and lime juice. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass over ice, top with soda water, and add the garnish.

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