The hot weather has come, and there is nothing better to fend it off than something really refreshing, really cold, and really dry. It is these qualities that have made such a simple drink as the spritzer become so popular as it is today. Who would have thought that Ányos Jedlik from Hungary was going to have such impact in our drinking culture when he came up with a mix of wine and sparkling water back in the 19th century? The drink was later renamed fröccs, but nobody can deny it was the birth of the spritzer. Years later, Italians would add carbonated water to prosecco, and that would be the primitive version of today’s Aperol Spritz. But this time, we are going to sample something different: a Campari IPA Spritzer.
The Recipe: You will never find anything less complicated than this.
1½ oz Campari
6 oz IPA (half a 360 ml bottle)
Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice and add the Campari. Top with the IPA and garnish with a lemon or orange twist.
The Drink: I found this recipe on one of my favorite websites: “The Kitchn”:http://www.thekitchn.com/. Apparently, it is a drink that was born in New York in the summer of 2011, but I have not been able to get further information on that. Campari and its 57° proof is a lot better here than Aperol’s 22° proof. Besides, there is the fact that Campari has less sugar than Aperol. And while Aperol Spritz uses prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine usually below 12,5 % alcohol content, the use of the IPA keeps the elements of alcoholicity and carbonation in our drink. The thing about this drink that gets most of our attention is the simplicity of the recipe and making, the resulting strength of the thirst-quenching alcoholicity, and the refreshing quality of its effervescence.
The Key: It is essential to use an IPA plenty of piney or resiny flavors and intense bitterness in order to compensate the light sweetness (yes, there is sweetness indeed) of the Campari. This time, we have chosen a bottle of “Planeta Bierra‘s”:https://www.facebook.com/cerveceriaplanetabierra/ DiablIPA, a beer with the much-needed aromatic load to contribute to our drink’s bouquet, the necessary bitterness over 60 IBU, and a mighty 8,5 % ABV. A caveat. Look for a fresh batch. Not only to make this recipe but also for any occasion when you want to enjoy an IPA. There is no doubt that this drink will also work deliciously with a double IPA such as “Oveja Negra‘s”:https://www.facebook.com/ovejanegra.cerveceria/ Traicionera, “Barbarian‘s”:https://www.facebook.com/Cerveceria.Barbarian/ K-7 or 174 IPA, “Sierra Andina‘s”:https://www.facebook.com/Sierra-Andina-Brewing-Company-152037114856790/ Shaman IPA, or any of your favorite IPAs with an ABV near or above 8 %.
Be jolly and joyful. The hot weather is here. It is the perfect excuse to find the best way to mitigate our body temperature, and we have many ways to do it. Make this Campari IPA Spritzer, and you will make it a new item on your list.
_This recipe was originally published on_ “_Tomando Altura_”:http://tomandoaltura.com/campari-ipa-spritzer/recipes/.