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Spritz by Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Parizeau, £13.99, published by Ten Speed Press 

Brooklyn-born Talia Baiocchi is a busy woman. The editor-in-chief of Punch – an irreverent online drinks magazine, has also penned a popular tome on Sherry. For her next trick she’s teamed up with Leslie Pariseau on Spritz – a fun and approachable guide to the popular Italian apéritivo cocktail.

Boasting a retro mustard and navy blue cover, Spritz takes a deep dive into the colourful history of the apéritivo hour and the cocktails enjoyed at that special time of day when work ends and night, with all its temptations and possibilities, begins. The book takes us up to apéritivo hour’s modern day revival, which coincided with a rise in popularity of bitter spirits like Campari, Aperol and Cynar.

Featuring 50 recipes twisting on the classic Spritz, from The Rib Tickler an the Blood Orange Spritz to the Americano, Rome With a View and the glitzy sounding Diamond Spritz Fizz, which involves Aperol, honey, orange juice and egg white.

In addition to every variant on the Spritz imaginable, the book also includes a fun recipe section at the back of snacks to enjoy while your appetite is whetted, which include the likes of roasted artichokes, baccala mantecato and lardo-wrapped shrimp.

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