The Story Behind The Sfizio Spritz

The spritz-shandy mashup gets its name from an Italian word for "indulgence" or "whim," hinting that this sparkling, simple riff is sure to scratch the itch for an Aperol Spritz. Mike Schnebeck, head brewer at San Francisco's Fort Point Beer Co., created this shandy last year using Fort Point’s Sfizio Italian-style Pilsner, a dry, light, and easy-drinking lager inspired by those of the old country. The shandy-like drink uses two types of amari, keeping its Italian edge.

“It’s a nice in-between for someone who is looking for a refreshing drink that isn’t too sweet,” Schnebeck says. We wholeheartedly agree. Go ahead and indulge. (After all, who says you can't drink shandies and spritzes all year long?)

This recipe originally appeared in the VinePair article, "Six Shandy Recipes from Beer and Cocktail Pros," written by Flora Tchapovsky.


  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • ½ ounce Amaro Nonino
  • 1 Fort Point Sfizio
  • Orange peel


  1. Fill a 17-ounce bodega glass with ice.
  2. Add Aperol and Amaro Nonino.
  3. Top with Fort Point Sfizio.
  4. Garnish with orange twist.

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Updated: 2022-03-08

The Sfizio Spritz Recipe