A special thank you to The House of ANGOSTURA® for sponsoring this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.
If you’re looking for a light end-of-summer drink, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m showing you how to make this delicious Citrus-Ginger Spritzer. It’s a bright and refreshing drink that’s perfect for socially distant sipping over Labor Day weekend.
I’m always on the hunt for new drink recipes. That’s why today I’ve teamed up with The House of ANGOSTURA® to share a tasty No-ABV cocktail inspired by their orange bitters. I wanted to create a drink similar to a classic wine spritzer but without the spirits, perfect for enjoying all day when it’s hot and sunny.
Low-proof cocktails or spirit-free drinks boost “session-ability,” meaning they offer the versatility to enjoy several over an extended period of time, while experimenting with different flavors and mixtures. By combining some of my favorite citrus and fruit flavors along with a splash of ginger beer and a few dashes of ANGOSTURA® orange bitters, I’ve crafted the perfect spirit-free summer spritzer.
In case you’re not familiar with ANGOSTURA® bitters, the company was started in 1824 when founder Dr. Johann Siegert first created aromatic bitters as a medicinal essence designed to alleviate stomach ailments.
Today, ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters is a staple all around the world for top mixologists, cocktail enthusiasts and home bartenders like me. ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters is an essential ingredient to bring to life flavors within a range of cocktails, from higher-proof to spirit-free. I often use it in the cocktails I make here on Inspired by Charm
Today, I’m making a citrus-inspired spritzer. I love spritzers because they can be made with only a few ingredients and are easily portable for drinking at home in the yard or at a socially distanced picnic or backyard barbecue. For this drink, I’ve incorporated ANGOSTURA orange bitters because its complex blend of orange citrus oils and tropical spices are the ideal complement for my spritzer recipe, balancing tangy ginger with sweet, fruit-forward flavors.
I’m always amazed at how just a few dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic or orange bitters can transform any beverage. You’ll reach for them again and again to enhance the complexity and intensity of the flavors of other drink components, while subduing acidic ingredients. This results in greater balance, especially when experimenting with lessening or eliminating spirits in cocktails.
I love that this particular spritzer is made without alcohol. As we all increasingly embrace wellness, No- and Low-ABV drinks are a great way to enjoy the intricacies of a cocktail without any of the drawbacks. And as mentioned above, before anyone thought of adding ANGOSTURA bitters to a cocktail, it was used to calm an upset stomach. Love that!
How to Make a Citrus-Ginger Spritzer:
This Citrus-Ginger Spritzer is simple to make.
Start by filling a highball glass with ice. I’m making two glasses, one for me and one for a friend.
Next, add orange juice, pineapple juice and lime juice. I’ve included the amounts in the printable recipe card below, but feel free to add more of the juice you love most. Then, top with ginger beer to fill the glass.
Add 2 dashes of ANGOSTURA orange bitters and stir to combine.
Finally, garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of fresh mint. I used pineapple mint. I think the variegated leaves are so pretty!
And voila! Your drink is ready to be enjoyed!
It doesn’t get much easier than that. What you get for minimal effort is a delicious drink that’s great for cooling off during hot summer days.
And if you enjoyed this recipe, feel free to experiment and make your own unique take on a spritzer.
You can add or substitute liqueurs, simple syrups, fruit juices and more. As long as you have the bitter and sweet elements plus some bubbles, you’re good to go. Just don’t forget the ANGOSTURA bitters!
Citrus-Ginger Spritzer Recipe:
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- 2 dashes ANGOSTURA orange bitters
- Orange slice and fresh mint for garnish
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add orange juice, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
- Top with ginger beer to fill the glass.
- Add 2 dashes of ANGOSTURA orange bitters.
- Stir to combine. Garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of fresh mint.