Spritzers with Pritzker

Recently, I heard this story on NPR about “Beers with Beshear,” a “happy hour” centered around Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s daily Covid-19 briefings. So I decided to modify it for my own governor’s briefings and call it “Spritzers with Pritzker” or since it’s Twitter #spritzerswithPritzker.

On March 26, at 2:30pm, I mixed up a Campari Spritz for the Governor’s briefing. Every day since then, I’ve made some sort of Spritz cocktail (both alcoholic and spirit-free.) It’s given me something light to do every day, something to look forward to. It’s been nice to have a little routine that is forcing me to look at recipes and make something every day. Spritzes are perfect afternoon drinks because they typically have a low alcohol content and are apertifs, before-meal drinks that stimulate the appetite.

Yesterday, much to my shock, the governor gave me a shout-out at the beginning of his briefing! I couldn’t believe it! Because of a mix-up last summer where a local politician thought I was Adam (because my handle is @adamihasegawa,) I had my bio name written out as Adam I. Hasegawa, so the governor and everyone else thought I was a guy. (Since then, I’ve changed my name to #spritzerswithPritzker to stop the confusion.) But I came clean to WTTW when they interviewed me for this article. I also did a quick hit on Anna Davlantes’s show on WGN Radio. It’s been a fun few days chatting about cocktails.

So the pressure is on to keep up my project! I decided to create this page here where I can share all the recipes all in one place and for those who aren’t on Twitter or Instagram and may want to join in. I highly recommend a little afternoon break, whether it’s a cup of tea, or a cocktail, or some fancy water. These are trying times and we need to take care of ourselves and of each other.
Campari Spritz, #spritzerswithPritzker

Campari Spritz 

2oz sparkling wine

2oz Campari

1oz club soda

Build over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with an olive (traditional) or an orange if that’s all you have. (3/26)Aperol Spritz, @spritzerswithPritzkerAperol Spritz

3oz sparkling wine

2oz Aperol

1oz club soda

Build over ice. Stir. Garnish with an orange wedge. (3/27)

white wine spritzer, #spritzerswithPritzkerWhite Wine Spritzer

3oz white wine

1oz club soda

Build over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a fresh lime if you have one.  (3/28)Negroni Sbagliato, #spritzerswithPritzkerNegroni Sbagliato 

1oz sweet vermouth

1oz Campari

4oz sparkling wine

splash of club soda

Build over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange if you have it.  (3/29)Spirit Free Lemon Basil Spritz, spirit free, sparkling waterLemon Basil Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

Juice from a lemon wedge

A few basil leaves, torn

Sparkling water

Build over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and a basil leaf.  (3/30)Bibicletta, @spritzerswithPritzkerBicicletta

1-2oz Campari

3oz dry white wine

Splash (or more) club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice.  (3/31)Grapefruit Ginger Spritz, spirit-freeGrapefruit Ginger Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

Juice from 1/2 pink grapefruit

A few grates of fresh ginger

Club Soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir Gently. Garnish with a grapefruit peel, if you remember to save one.  (4/1)Cucumber basil spritz, spirit-freeCucumber Basil Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

4 slices cucumber

3 basil leaves

Club soda

Muddle cucumber slices. Tear basil leaves and add to glass with ice and club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with a basil leaf and a cucumber slice.  (4/2)Aperol Betty, #spritzerswithpritzker

Aperol Betty

2oz Aperol

1oz orange juice, freshly squeezed

1/2oz grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed

3oz Prosecco

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice if you remember to reserve one.  (4/3)Amaro Spritz, #spritzerswithPritzker, cynarAmaro Spritz

2oz Cynar*

3oz club soda

squeeze of fresh lemon

Build in a glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon peel and an olive if you have it.

*You can use any amaro you like. I’ll probably revisit this one with some other amaro in my cabinet.  (4/4) Crimean Cocktail, #spritzerswithPritzkerCrimean Cocktail

2oz dry white wine

1oz Cointreau

1/2oz lemon juice

1oz club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon.  (4/5)Blueberry Basil Spritzer, spirit free, #spritzerswithpritzkerBlueberry Basil Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

Handful of blueberries

A few basil leaves, torn

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with some fresh basil.  (4/6)Lemon Mint Spritzer, spirit free, #spritzerswithpritzkerLemon Mint Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

Juice 1/2 lemon

A few mint leaves

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Before adding the mint, bruise it a bit to release the oils. Stir gently. Garnish with a mint sprig.  (4/7)Cucumber Mint Spritzer, #spritzerswithpritzker, spirit-freeCucumber Mint Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

Juice 1/2 lime

3-4 mint leaves

3 slices cucumber

Club soda

Add cucumbers to glass and lightly muddle. Tear mint leaves and add them to glass with lime juice and ice. Top with club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge (or a cucumber slice, or some mint…you can’t go wrong!)  (4/8)#spritzerswithpritzker, Lemon Thyme Spritz, spirit-freeLemon Thyme Spritz (Spirit-Free)

Juice 1/2 lemon

A few thyme leaves

Club soda

Gently muddle the thyme leaves. Add lemon juice, club soda, and ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and thyme sprigs. (4/9)

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Americano

1.5oz Campari

1.5 oz sweet vermouth

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice. (4/10)img_7213

Rome with a View

1oz Campari

1oz dry vermouth

1oz fresh lime juice

3/4oz simple syrup

club soda

Add Campari, vermouth, lime, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into glass of ice and top with club soda. Garnish with an orange wedge. (4/11)5d2b169b-92f9-4223-9589-1befd6caed9a

Cold Brew Spritzer (Spirit-Free)

2-3oz cold brew coffee

4oz sparkling water

splash of cream and simple syrup to taste

Build in glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel or a Peep. (4/12)6d97219b-bcd5-4673-aeea-ed77f52545e9

Spumoni

1.5oz Campari

2oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

2oz tonic water

Shake Campari and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Top off with tonic. Garnish with an orange wedge. (4/13)strawberry lemon spritz, spirit freeStrawberry Lemon Spritz (Spirit-Free)

2 strawberries, sliced

Juice from 1/4 lemon

Club soda

Muddle strawberries in glass. Add ice and lemon juice. Top with club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a strawberry or a lemon wheel. (4/14)spritzers with pritzkerRaspberry Lime Spritz (Spirit-Free)

Handful of raspberries

Juice from 1/4 lime

Club soda

Muddle raspberries in the bottom of a glass. Add ice, lime juice, and club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge. (4/15)Radical Row

1.5oz gin

.75oz honey rosemary syrup

1oz lemon juice

5oz club soda

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice until chilled. Pour into glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel and rosemary sprig. (4/16)

Honey Rosemary Syrup

0.5 cup honey

0.5 cup water

3-4 sprigs rosemary

Heat honey and water on the stove until honey dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add rosemary, and let cool. Remove rosemary after 20 minutes and chill before using. Winter Spritz

1.5oz pomegranate juice

1oz Aperol

4-5oz prosecco

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with orange slice and rosemary. (Toast to the April snow.) (4/17)Spring Spritz

2oz Aperol

1oz grapefruit juice

2oz sparkling wine

Splash of club soda

Build in glass over ice. Top with sparkling wine and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge. (4/18)

Recipe credit: Epicurious 

Jasmine Spritz

1.5oz jasmine liqueur

2oz sparkling wine

2oz club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. (St. Germaine would also work if you don’t have jasmine liqueur.) (4/19)Pomegranate Lime Spritz (Spirit-Free)

1-2oz pomegranate juice

Juice from 1-2 lime wedges

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with lime wedge. (4/20)paloma, spritzerwithpritzkerPaloma

2oz tequila

3oz grapefruit juice

1oz lime juice

Club soda

Salt

In a cocktail shaker with NO ice, shake tequila, grapefruit and lime juices until combined. Salt the rim of a glass, add ice, and pour in the cocktail shaker contents. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime. (4/21)Earth Day Spritz (Spirit-Free)

1oz lemon juice

0.5oz honey syrup

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Top with club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and thyme sprig. (4/22 Earth Day)Southern Spritz

0.75oz whiskey

0.5 Tablespoon Campari

2.25 teaspoon lemon juice

2.25 teaspoon honey syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

1.5oz sparkling wine

Combine everything but the sparkling wine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine. (4/23)

Recipe from George Dickel.Tom Collins

1.5oz gin

1oz lemon juice

0.5oz simple syrup

3oz club soda

Build in a (Collins) glass over ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon and maraschino cherry.  (4/24)Rhubarb Spritz

1oz rhubarb liqueur

3oz white wine

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Top with club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon. (4/25)Gin Rickey

2oz gin

0.5oz lime juice

Club soda

Build in glass over ice. Top with club soda. garnish with a lime wheel, or three. (4/26)Wild Heart Cocktail

1.25oz Aperol

1.25oz dry vermouth

0.75oz lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Lemon soda

Shake Aperol, vermouth, lemon juice, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass of ice. Top with lemon soda. Garnish with orange. (4/27)

Recipe from Epicurious.

 

Stay tuned for more Spritzes! And stay inside as much as you can. #AllInIllinois

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