Lyre’s Italian Spritz
I reviewed Lyre’s Coffee Originale (a coffee liquor alternative) some weeks ago and it got a very strong score indeed (44/50) thanks to its flavour and similarity to an alcoholic version. So it was with high anticipation that I tried out Lyre’s Italian Spritz … a take on the hugely popular aperitivo Aperol.
Like many other Lyre products you can drink them neat from the bottle but it is recommended to pair the alcohol-free spirit with a decent quality mixer. In this case, I filled a glass up with ice and went for a slightly left-field option, pairing the Spritz with a bottle of Double Dutch’s cucumber and watermelon tonic … why not experiment I say.
As a fan of Aperol Spritz (especially on a hot summer’s day), Lyre’s were going to have to pull out all the punches to impress with their Italian Spritz. How did it go down? Well, you’ll need to read my review below to find out.
Is Lyre’s Italian Spritz any good?
I came into this with high expectations and am glad to say I was not disappointed. Taking a small sip of it neat was just like taking a sip of Aperol. Ok, it was marginally more subtle on the bitterness compared to the alcoholic version but it was still an incredibly realistic experience. As a cocktail with the basil and watermelon tonic it made for an exceedingly refreshing and tasty alcohol-free cocktail and on completion was almost tempted to go for another. If you’re after a well-balanced bitter-sweet drink that won’t disappoint then this is for you.
Aroma & Appearance
When taking a whiff from the bottle your mind immediately gets fooled into thinking this is actually Aperol. The aroma of tangy, fruity oranges mixed with tart rhubarb and the complimentary aromas from the tonic created a perfect balance. As you can see when poured into the glass it has a rich red color very similar to an alcoholic version.
Lyre’s have made a great effort with their packaging so always get extra marks on the branding front; in the case of Italian Spritz, it features a vintage rabbit with her parasol. The good news is that this drink contains no alcohol, is suitable for vegans and those who are gluten-free, and is only 70 calories (per 100 ml) … so you can drink guilt-free. Italian Spritz is a fairly accessible spirit and you can find it from a range of online stockists; I do hope that they start stocking more UK supermarkets so others can find out about this brand.