two hands, each holding a Lustau Spritz with a bottle of the vermouth in the background

The Vermut Spritz – a simple, Spanish cocktail

Why we love a good spritz

The Spritz is one of our favorite, simple cocktails. (See our recipes for a Limoncello Spritzer and the ever-popular Aperol Spritz.) A drink essential for the hot weather months, these cocktails also make brunch a more festive occasion the whole year through.

The tradition of spritz cocktails

You may be wondering what exactly we mean when we refer to spritz cocktails but we bet you’ve enjoyed a spritz or two, possibly without knowing it. According to Talia Baiocchi, co-author of Spritz, (yes, there’s a whole book on the topic), the drink is simply a drink made with a generous splash of soda. Sometimes these cocktails are layered with both sparkling wine and soda. But the point is that these drinks are mildly effervescent and lower in alcohol than many traditional cocktails. Baiocchi calls them cocktails that, “aren’t meant to be taken too seriously.” Campari and soda, white wine spritzers fall into this category.

In a recent tirade condemning the current popularity of the Aperol variation on the drink, the New York Times declares that to fall into this category, a drink must include three parts bubbly, one part bitter, one part soda. However we prefer to take the more historic view that the drink, dating back to ancient Rome, is simply a light and fairly watered down and mildly effervescent cocktail. (It’s believed the tradition of this cocktail category stems from the ancient custom of watering down wine. Because, of course, nobody except Dionysus could handle wine at full strength.)

Whatever definition of the cocktail to which you subscribe, we can all agree that these drinks make a smart choice for brunch. Fast and easy to make, they keep your guests safe  from mid-morning inebriation. And although we’ve already offered two spritz recipes for your day drinking pleasure, we believe there can never be enough options when it comes to this class of cocktails.

What is a Vermut Spritz?

This cocktail recipe calls for the combination of sherry-based vermouth with sparkling wine and a splash of soda. The creator, Bodegas Lustau, uses its newest vermouth, a Rosé, for the cocktail. The result is a drink in a hue of pink that’s nothing short of stunning. Of course, you can always substitute with your favorite vermouth. But we encourage you to  try the pink variation as written below to experience the drink as it was intended. That’s because Lustau’s rosé sherry is a unique blend of Fino sherry, Moscatel and a lively and fruity Tintilla de Rota wine. They are combine with a proprietary blend of botanicals including the aphrodisiacs of nutmeg, vanilla and the bitterness of wormwood–the same ingredient that gives absinthe its dangerous reputation.
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two hands, each holding a Lustau Spritz with a bottle of the vermouth in the background
The Vermut Spritz
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

A Spanish variation on a Spritz cocktail, this drink combines pink vermouth with the effervescence of sparkling wine.

Course: aperitif, cocktail
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Spritz
Dish Type: Cocktail
Cooking Style: Mixology
Ingredient: sparkling wine, Vermouth
Servings: 1 cocktail
Created by: Bodegas Lustau
  • - 1 ¼ oz Lustau Vermut Rosé
  • -2 oz Cava sparkling wine
  • - Dash of soda
  • -  Grapefruit wheels or slices
  1. Combine over ice, garnish and serve.

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