This Martini Bianco Spritz is the perfect refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail to enjoy on a warm day. It’s a delicious low-alcohol drink that is perfect for any occasion, from a casual afternoon picnic to a fancy cocktail party. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a Martini Spritz in no time.
If you love spritz cocktails, be sure to try my Elderflower Mint Hugo Spritz or Limoncello Spritz recipes. If you’re looking for more unique spritz cocktails, check out the Sweet Vermouth Spritz, or for a fruity vibe, try the Wild Berry Chambord Spritz, Citrusy Cointreau Mimosa Spritz, or a Bramble Gin Spritz.
Or, if you love Martini Bianco, be sure to check out this Martini Royale.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Low ABV: With a low ABV (alcohol by volume), this cocktail is perfect for hot weather and those who want to enjoy a delicious drink without feeling too buzzed.
Easy to make: With just three main ingredients and a few optional garnishes, this cocktail a simple and elegant way to make a spritz cocktail.
Versatile: This cocktail can be enjoyed at any time of day, whether as a pre-dinner aperitif or a mid-afternoon refreshment.
What is a Spritz Cocktail?
Spritz cocktails are a classic Italian cocktail that originated in the Veneto region of Italy. The Spritz dates back to the 1800s when Habsburg Empire soldiers were stationed in the Veneto region.
The soldiers began to dilute Venetian wine with a spray of water (or “spritzen” in German) as Venetian wine was higher in alcohol than they were accustomed. This resulted in the creation of this iconic bubbly cocktail. It eventually evolved into the classic Italian Aperol Spritz that we all know and love, which was created in the early 1900s in Northern Italy.
What is Martini Bianco?
Martini Bianco is a fragrant, medium-sweet vermouth. It is sweeter than dry vermouth, but less sweet than sweet red vermouth. It is made by infusing white wine with a mixture of botanicals, vanilla, flowers, and other herbs and spices. Think of it as the Goldilocks of vermouths – not too sweet, not too dry, but just right.
In this case, Martini Bianco refers to the brand Martini & Rossi and not the actual classic cocktail “martini.” Sometimes you’ll find this type of vermouth labeled as “White Vermouth” or “Vermouth Blanc.”
Here are some notes on the other two ingredients in a Martini Spritz:
Prosecco wine: Make sure to buy a dry or brut prosecco as a sweet wine variety may make the drink cloying.
Soda water: You can use either club soda or seltzer water – both work great here. You can also use tonic water, but it will give it a sweeter taste.
*Full ingredients and measurements are shown in the recipe below.
Substitutions and Variations
- Prosecco: If you don’t have Prosecco on hand, you can substitute another dry sparkling wine, such as dry or brut Cava or Champagne.
- Martini Bianco: If you can’t find Martini Bianco, you can substitute another vermouth blanc such as Carpano Bianco. Another great option for a light-tasting spritz is my Italicus Spritz.
- Make a Raspberry Martini Spritz: Muddle a few fresh raspberries (and/or another berry) in the bottom of the glass before adding the other ingredients.
3-4: Add the soda water to the glass and garnish with fresh mint and/or citrus slices, if desired.
- Chill your glass: To keep your Martini Bianco Spritz nice and cold, chill your glass by adding some ice and cold water to the cocktail glass and allowing it to sit for at least 5 minutes. Toss the ice water and add fresh ice cubes to the glass and proceed per the recipe.
- Adjust to taste: If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add a splash of simple syrup. Alternatively, if you prefer a more bitter cocktail, add a few dashes of bitters.
Q: Where can you buy Martini Bianco?
A: You can usually find Martini Bianco in the vermouth and fortified wines section at most liquor stores. It is quite affordable compared to other similar products. You can also try Drizly, where you can shop liquor online (if your location allows for this).
Q: Can I make a batch of Martini Spritz cocktails for a crowd?
A: Absolutely! Simply multiply the recipe by the number of servings you want to make – I’ve already calculated how much you need for 8 cocktails in the note section of the recipe below. Combine the Martini Bianco, Prosecco, and soda water in a pitcher or large punch bowl, stir gently, and pour over ice when ready to serve.
Q: Can I make a batch in advance?
A: If you make a batch in advance, you risk your Martini Spritz pitcher going flat. Just have everything chilled and ready to add to a pitcher at a moment’s notice if you want to be prepared and organized for serving this at a gathering.
Q: How much alcohol is in a spritz?
A: The amount of alcohol in a typical spritz cocktail can vary depending on the specific recipe and the amount of prosecco or other sparkling wine used. However, most spritz cocktails are considered low ABV (alcohol by volume), meaning they have a lower alcohol content than many other cocktails. A typical spritz may have between 8% to 15% ABV. In this cocktail, the prosecco is around 12% and the Martini Bianco is 15%.
Q: How should I store Martini Bianco?
A: Unopened, keep it in a cool, dark place. Once opened, you should refrigerate it. After a few months, you may notice the quality begin to diminish.
Pro tip: For vermouths and other types of alcohol that should be refrigerated or have a shorter shelf life, buy smaller bottles to cut down on waste unless you know you will be needing a lot of that product.
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Martini Bianco Spritz Recipe
- 2 ounces Martini Bianco (or other vermouth blanc)
- 3 ounces prosecco (dry or brut)
- 1 ounce soda water (club soda or seltzer)
- Fresh mint and/or citrus slices for garnish (optional)
- Add the Martini Bianco to a large wine glass filled with ice.
- Top with prosecco and soda water.
- Garnish with fresh mint and/or citrus slices, if desired.
- 2 cups Martini Bianco
- 1 bottle of dry or brut prosecco (750 ml bottle)
- 1 cup soda water (about ⅔ of a 12 ounce can)
- Fresh mint and citrus slices for garnish (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and serve immediately over ice.
- Avoid adding ice to the pitcher or making it in advance as it can get diluted and/or go flat easily. However, you can have everything chilled and ready to add to a pitcher at a moment’s notice for easy serving.