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Garibaldi Spritz Recipe – A Lighter Take On The Garibaldi

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If you liked the original garibaldi you might also like the Garibaldi Spritz. It’s a take on the original but a bit lighter, with sparkling wine added for carbonation and an extra layer of flavor. 

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Garibaldi Spritz

What is the Garibaldi Spritz ?

The Garibaldi spritz replaces 1 oz of orange juice with sparkling wine, for more carbonation and more flavor. It’s just as simple to make as the original.

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Garibaldi Spritz Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
If you like mimosas you'll definitely enjoy the Garibaldi Spritz as well.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz orange aperitif
  • 3.5 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz sparkling wine dry
  • orange for garnish


  • In a shaker combine orange aperitif, orange juice, ice. Shake well.
  • Strain into ice-filled highball glass.
  • Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine.
  • Garnish with orange wheels.


Any orange aperitif will work here, but sweet orange will work best. The dry sparkling wine adds a hit of bitterness that becomes too much if you use bitter orange aperitif.

When is this drink best ?

The Garibaldi Spritz is just as relaxed as the original Garibaldi, so it easily works for summer lounging, office parties, brunch, anything you can think of. 

My thoughts on Garibaldi Spritz

I think the addition of sparkling wine works well, in terms of carbonation. Even with the shaken orange juice, this can feel a little flat and the vague tingle of sparkling wine or prosecco definitely helps. 

As for flavor, I’m not big on bitterness and the sparkling wine is dry, so it adds a bit of bitterness as well. If you use sweet or semi-sweet it may taste better, but that could also be just me and my tastes.

garibaldi spritz making

If you like Garibaldi Spritz, you might also like…

Garibaldi – the original

Mimosa – the brunch staple

Cointreau Fizz – Cointreau, lime juice, club soda

Aperol Spritz – a mix of Aperol, sparkling wine, and cub soda

Americano – similar to a Negroni with club soda

Notes, substitutes, and tips

I used a sweet orange aperitif, but the original calls for Campari. There is a significant difference in flavor, Campari is far more bitter and this is reflected in the final result. 

Aerating this is extremely important, since you’re using fresh citrus juice. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can just shake this very very well before pouring.

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