We tend to think of a spritz as an Italian invention, but the Austrians had an influence in creating the king of the goblet serves.
In the 19th century Austrian soldiers frequented bars in Venice and when Italian wine was ordered, they added a splash of water to dilute the abv.
The lightweight military men said ‘das ist gut, ja?’ and since the German for splash is ‘spritzen’, the term was adopted and the spritz culture was born.
When the Austrians left the bar though, the Italians, understanding it lacked the requisite booze, added a bitter liqueur to the mix to deliver the first incarnations of a Spritz Al Bitter.
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