Never, have I been more aware of a drink taking over clubs and bars as I have with the Spritz (German: "splash" / "sparkling") is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in northern Italy, especially in the Veneto region and surrounding areas. The drink is prepared with white wine or Prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol or Campari .
The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnished with a slice of orange, or sometimes an olive, depending on the liqueur. Another variation of the drink uses champagne with the liqueur rather than wine.
The drink originated in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire , and is based on the Austrian Sprtzer , a combination of equal parts white wine and soda water . More recently it became the traditional drink of the students of the University of Padua . In recent years it has also become extremely popular in southern Germany and with Aperol is the aperitif of choice in Munich.