Verjus Spritz

verjus spritz
Photo: Alex Lau

In researching alcohol-free drinks for her book, Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason, Julia Bainbridge drove across the country looking for bartenders who put just as much care and effort into crafting delicious drinks for designated drivers or alcohol abstainers as they did for their regular cocktail menu. This Verjus Spritz from Adam Chase of the Corvino Supper Club in KC, MO, is surprisingly super-easy to pull together. You can find verjus (non-alcoholic grape juice) at Bi-Rite Markets and Guss’s Community Markets to name a few.

Verjus Spritz: I hate to play favorites, but this is one of my go-to recipes because all it requires is the opening and pouring of three ingredients. Plus, I’m a sucker for the soft acidity of white verjus (buy Fusion brand at chefshop.com). Since I’m being opinionated here, now might be a good time to share that I detest thin, stringy lemon twists. This garnish has been manicured: It’s peeled with a Y-peeler in order to get some real width, then trimmed on all sides, the top and bottom cut on a bias. Très chic.

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verjus spritz

Verjus Spritz

This is one of my go-to recipes because all it requires is the opening and pouring of three ingredients. Plus, I’m a sucker for the soft acidity of white verjus.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Scale

2 ounces white verjus

2 ounces soda water

2 ounces tonic water

1 lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions

Combine: the verjus, soda water, and tonic water in a wine or spritz glass filled with ice. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Batch for 6 Combine 1 1⁄2 cups verjus, 1 1⁄2 cups soda water, and 1 1⁄2 cups tonic water in a pitcher filled with ice. Divide among 6 wine glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist.

  • Author: Julia Bainbridge
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1

Keywords: verjus, spritz