Vermouth Spritzer

vermouth spritzerFresh, muddled strawberry meets two wine-based mixers in this summery, low-alcohol refresher.

1 fresh strawberry quartered
1 oz. dry vermouth
1 1/2 oz. Cocchi Americano
3 oz. club soda
Tools: muddler, barspoon
Glass: highball
Garnish: fresh mint bouquet, 3 drops of Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters (optional)

Muddle the strawberry in the base of a highball glass. Add the remaining ingredients, except club soda, and fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda, gently stir to combine and garnish.

Paul McGee for RPM Italian, Chicago