Thursday, May 20, 2010

venice: aperol spritz

Ahhhhh… the Spritz.  The official drink of Venice, this cocktail is one of my all-time favorite beverages.  Aperol has long been my go-to aperitif, (why is it still so hard to find outside of Italy?!?!) but I hadn’t experienced a true Spritz until I had one in Venice. The bright red cocktail casts off a fiery and inviting glow as Venetians sip them canal-side in the setting sun.  Tart and sweet, refreshing and complex, the Spritz, with it’s low alcohol content, is perfect for brunch, lunch and all night long.

Here’s a great article about the Spritz from T Magazine.

Pizza and a Spritz on the Grand Canal

Aperol Spritz:
  • a few ice cubes
  • 2 fingers of dry white wine, ideally a little bubbly prosecco (nothing too fancy)
  • splash of soda water
  • 1 finger of Aperol
  • 1 green olive
  • slice of orange
  • slice of lemon
(make sure to follow this order or the Aperol won’t mix properly!)

Cin cin!

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