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A spritzer is a long drink made from white wine and soda water. The concept is nothing new, of course (hock and seltzer was a popular nineteenth-century drink), but the term spritzer is a recent introduction. It seems to have been coined in American English in the 1950s, as an adaptation of German spritzer, ‘splash’, influenced also no doubt by the German adjective spritzig, ‘fizzy, sparkling’.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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