When temperatures climb into the 90s and the humidity won’t let up, say hello to your new best friend: the spritzer. The light and refreshing sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to beat the heat and avoid overdoing it on a swampy summer day.
Add these bubbly delights from local hotspots to your summer to-drink list:
This Italian mainstay on Capitol Hill just launched a summer spritzer menu, with seven fizzy drinks for $12 each. Highlights include the Piccola Rosa with Dillon’s rose gin, Prosecco, and lemon, and the Mandarino Occidentale with vodka, orange cordial, Prosecco, and orange.
The sherry spritz at Mike Isabella’s new Spanish and Moroccan restaurant is made with Don Zolio Oloroso, Aperol, Cava, orange, and soda ($13).
In honor of the 30th anniversary of its parent company, Joie de Vivre Hotels, this restaurant within the Liaison Capitol Hill is Puttin’ on the Spritz ($13). The drink has Hendrick’s Gin, Lillet Blanc, lavender, lemon, and soda.
The Moto Guzzi is a favorite at Bar Dupont ($12). It’s a mix of Aperol, Villa Sandi Prosecco, lemon, and the restaurant’s own honey.
During brunch, The Spritzness is the drink of choice for many at Barrel ($12). The combination of Hayman’s Gin, Champagne, simple syrup, and Aperol is available daily.
You can only catch the Americano Spritzer during happy hour at this French institution ($8). The refreshing cocktail has Campari, sweet vermouth, grapefruit juice, and sparkling wine.
The French Cherry on Ice at this chocolate haven are a light break from all the indulgence. It’s made with Wint & Lila Gin, lemon, Dolin Dry, sparkling wine, and a griotte cherry cube ($14).
Compass Rose is known for its unique selection of international wines, which they often incorporate into their cocktails. The Siren’s Spritzer features Georgian sparkling wine as well as Cotton & Reed white rum, Smith & Cross dark rum, house limon de jerez, tarragon, and lemon.
Belgian beer may be the focus here, but that doesn’t mean they ignore cocktails! Try the strawberry spritzer with fresh strawberries, rosé, soda water, lemon, and Aperol ($9).
Chamomile infused Espadin mezcal makes for a bright and floral spritz at Espita, which also includes Verdejo and malic and citric acids ($12).
Mike Isabella’s flagship Italian restaurant has a spritz with roasted pineapple and clove Campari, Macchu Pisco, Licor 43, and Prosecco ($13).
The Criteria for Wisteria at Iron Gate is made with Giffard pamplemousse, Cocchi Rosa, Lindera Farms wisteria vinegar, and sparkling wine ($13).
Kyirisan’s Daily Spritz changes regularly, but it currently includes Division Wine Co.'s Beaujolais Nouveau-style Gamay, Campari, Cava, Angostura bitters, rosemary shrub, and a slice of blood orange ($6 during happy hour, $10 during brunch).
The Rosa Rubino at Lupo Verde is a blend of Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Donna Rosa and prickly pear liqueur, Prosecco, a Maraschino cherry, and a sprig of thyme ($12).
Maketto has a twist on an Aperol spritz called Bonnie & Clyde, with Four Roses Bourbon, Aperol, Rothman & Winter apricot liqueur, lemon, and Champagne ($12).
Almost more like dessert than a cocktail, the Peppino di Capri has Belvedere Vodka, apple sage sorbet, and Prosecco ($14). The sorbet flavor rotates seasonally.
The Summer Spritz at Mirabelle is perfect for the season, with Citadelle Gin, rhubarb syrup, Dolin Genept des Alpes, Francois-Xavier Barc ‘L’Evanescente,’ and Crémant de Loire ($16).
The new summer cocktail menu at Radiator includes the Ladies Axillary Club, which is Grey Goose Vodka, rosé, cucumber-infused St. Germain, and lemon bitters ($14).
Brunch at Republic just got a whole lot fizzier, with four new house spritzers ($8 each). One of the most eye-catching is the Valentino Royale, which is bright pink thanks to spiced beet shrub, Maraschino liqueur, and rhubarb and plum bitters.
The bubbly drink of choice at Restaurant Eve is Not Your Grand Mom’s Spritzer ($14). It has sparkling wine, Licor 43, poached peaches, white rum, and house peach bitters.
Take your pick from five spritzes at this Italian newcomer ($10 each). One of the most unique is the Arrivederci Felice, with St. Germain, Prosecco, cantaloupe, and sage.
The Tea Time Spritz at The Oval Room includes Pimm’s, Earl Grey tea, brown sugar simple syrup, honey simple syrup, lemon, and muddled basil ($12). It’s garnished with frozen grapes, lime peel, lemon peel, and flowers.
The Ritz-Carlton’s urban garden offers a South Street Spritzer Popsicle Cocktail, which has peach nectar vodka, Aperol, Prosecco, and an Aperol spritz popsicle ($17).