Temperatures may have dropped and the days are now shorter, but that doesn’t mean we have to let go of one of our favourite parts of summer: long evenings spent with friends trading stories, making new inside jokes, sharing a good meal and clinking glasses into the night.

If you’ve volunteered to throw the next dinner party of group get-together, but don’t feel too confident with a cocktail shaker, jigger or muddler, Alex Robertson – bar manager of Melbourne’s Good Heavens Rooftop Bar – has just the thing.

“You can never go wrong with a spritz,” he says. “Sometimes simple can be best.”

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His Passion for Fashion Spritz, made with passionfruit liqueur, is “very fast and very refreshing”. “Having the correct amount of prosecco is key,” he says. “Too much soda water will water it down, so add more prosecco until the balance is just right.”

For those who like it drier, substituting the prosecco for Champagne or another sparkling wine is an option. And while passionfruit liqueur is his pick, any fruity liqueur would work.

“Pizza is the perfect pairing,” says Robertson, whose go-to is Rustica’s Margherita or Salami and Four Cheese. “Not that you can go wrong with any of their toppings”.

Robertson’s preferred pizzas are a sound choice. Rustica’s Margherita is a luxed-up version of the most iconic pizza there is. It features creamy mozzarella (with unparalleled melty stretch) with the canny addition of crumbled parmesan for contrasting sharpness, topped with oven-roasted tomatoes and basil pesto. The Rustica Salami and Four Cheese meanwhile, stars that stretchy mozzarella but also brings in three other formaggios: parmesan, provolone and cheddar. It’s topped with a big coverage of salami with just the right hit of spice.

“The sweet tanginess of the spritz with the saltiness and natural acidity of the pizza is a really good match,” he says, before painting the scene of his ideal casual at-home dinner party: “Cold spritzes no matter what the weather, a delicious spread of pizzas, relaxing house music and good friends – what’s not to love?”

Alex Robertson’s Passion for Fashion Spritz

Serves 5
Prep time: 2–3 minutes

225ml Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur
225ml soda water
300ml prosecco
Edible flowers

Add the passionfruit liqueur, soda water and prosecco into a large jug with ice and stir.

Fill 5 spritz glasses with ice, pour in the mixture and garnish with edible flowers.

*This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Rustica. Enjoy responsibly. *