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Getting Fizzy With It

Spicing up wine spritzers for classic-cocktail fans

Author Michael Kaplan

Wine spritzers suffer from an image problem: Though delicious, they’re associated with a bit of a boring “day wedding” demographic. In other words, you’d never expect to see a rock star downing a wine spritzer onstage. In Napa Valley, though, where wine is paramount, mixologist Vincent Lee of Yountville’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar (pictured above) thought to update the staple with grapefruit juice and a dash of sage liqueur, pushing the humble spritzer into spunky New York Sour territory.

Yountville Spritz

* 1 oz. sage liqueur
* 1 oz. grapefruit  juice
* 2 oz. Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé
* 1/2 oz. simple syrup
* Club soda, to taste
* Grapefruit slice

Combine liqueur, juice, wine and simple syrup and pour over ice. Top with soda and garnish with grapefruit slice.

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