This Spritz is Perfect for a Garden Party

Elderflower liqueur adds floral notes to this ruby red spritz.

Sirene Spritz Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Prep Time:
0 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
3 mins

Join me on a quick trip back to 2013, a time when everyone was over the moon about St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and found ways to incorporate it into menus at all costs. That’s not to say St. Germain is over — I’m personally a fan of using it sparingly to add floral notes to cocktails like this Sangria Flora from veteran mixologist Lynnette Marrero (also the founder of all-female bartending competition, Speed Rack)  — but I don’t see it as often as I used to. 

This spritz from Los Angeles’ Motherwolf calls for just half an ounce of St. Germain, which plays especially well with bittersweet Sirene aperitivo. In case you’re new to Sirene, this red aperitif (similar to Campari and Cappelletti) is made using 23 botanicals, many of which are grown near Lake Garda and Verona. Notes of orange, rhubarb, ginger, and of course, gentian, are easy to detect with every sip, and the liqueur is made with a base of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grapes. While the Motherwolf team uses prosecco to add the spritz’s classic bubbles, feel free to experiment with other options; Cava is our go-to pick for a slightly drier spritz, while sparkling rosé adds extra floral notes and a pale pink hue. If you’re looking for recommendations for the best prosecco to keep in your fridge for impromptu spritz making, we’ve got you covered. 

Like most spritzes, the Sirene Spritz comes together without the use of a cocktail shaker or strainer, and is assembled in a wine glass, making it especially easy to batch for the next time you host a backyard party or dinner gathering. Once you’ve made the Sirene Spritz, you might find yourself looking for similar summertime sippers; we’d recommend adding the Cappelletti Spritz, Campari Spritz, or even a tried-and-true Aperol Spritz to your rotation. –– Oset Babür-Winter


  • 1 ½ ounces Sirene Aperitivo

  • ½ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur

  • 3 ounces prosecco


Combine Sirene Aperitivo and St. Germain elderflower liqueur in a wine glass filled with ice. Top with prosecco and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Edited by
Oset Babür-Winter

Title: Senior Drinks Editor, Food & Wine

Location: New York City

Experience: Oset Babür-Winter has completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust's (WSET) Level 3 Award in wines and was previously the magazine's associate culture editor, where she edited Obsessions.

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