The Aperol Spritz

Posted by Dani on July 7, 2012

I was introduced to this drink by one of my oldest friends, Vania. Vania is a Euro-phile. Or a European-ophile. Or something like that. Basically she spends lots of time in Europe, hanging around cool people. She probably discovered this drink while sitting in some outdoor café chatting with a soccer star. Or with a member of the International Olympic Committee. Or at the very least a very put-together woman carrying an incredibly stylish bag. Either way, as soon as Vania offered me this drink I knew I would like it because it would make me feel uber-stylish. And as I was drinking and feeling so stylish, I realized that luckily I loved the taste – something like a lighter version of Campari.

Now Campari is one of my favourite things to drink in Venice. This Campari-in-Venice tradition started when I was on a trip to Italy just after I graduated, and I stopped at a café in the Piazza San Marco in Venice and decided to order a Campari since it seemed the right thing to do. It cost me about $35, which was the same price as a coffee at one of the piazza cafés, so although it was probably my entire food budget for the day, I thought I got a great deal. I’ve been back there twice more since then to do the same, and I think 3 times qualifies as a tradition. So there you go.

Aperol is a bittersweet, low-alcohol aperitif introduced in 1919 by the Barbieri brothers in Padua. Drinking an Aperol Spritz might make you think of wearing Capri sandals while sitting in a café on the Amalfi coast. At the very least, you’ll get to enjoy a drink that’s light and fresh and goes down easily. Especially if you’re talking about things like Milan Fashion Week, or what Donatella Versace has been up to. So here’s your Euro-style-gorgeous-handbag drink of the day. Prada shoes optional.

Vania’s Aperol Spritz
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
Splash of San Pellegrino mineral water

Serve in funky lowball glasses over ice.

And, for an added European touch, here’s Mario demonstrating the perfect Aperol Spritz technique.




2 Responses to “The Aperol Spritz”

  1. Nads says:

    Where did u get those glasses?

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