>> Monday, October 19, 2009
Spritzer (Spritzen) is a German word that means a spray or a splash. The word is better know as a reference to a drink, usually consisting of wine and carbonated (sparkling) water. The carbonated water is mixed with the wine to make a light, fizzy and refreshing drink that is very popular on hot summer days. I have heard of and have seen people mixing cola with their red wines. There are also other non-alcoholic versions, usually consisting of fruit and or vegetable juices.
I love wine, specially red wine, but I just can't bring myself to "ruin" a good wine by adding carbonated water. (I think my years in France have a lot to do with this feeling.) I don't drink soda because it's way to sugary and caloric for my taste. Instead I prefer to drink water,tea, and 100% fruit juices. But being that I'm not a fan of sugary drinks, I always mix my juices with sparkling water. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is for my favorite way of drinking orange juice, an orange spritzer!
100 % Orange juice
1 orange , for decoration -optional
ice cubes , optional
1. Take the orange and either slice it thinly or cut it into wedges. In a water pitcher mix equal parts orange juice and sparkling water, if you are using ice cubes you may want to add those first.
2. Serve with a slice or wedge of orange. Enjoy!
You want to serve this immediately, because the drink needs to be fizzy.This spritzer can be made with any of your favorite juice or combination of juices.