APEROL SPRITZ

August 18, 2014

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A friend and I were chatting about how food and drinks can hold memories – like the way I remember those giant gin and tonics in Barcelona, mulled wine in any European Christmas market, or that perfect frothy cappuccino, sprinkled with chocolate, from any Italian city. when she spoke about drinking Campari spritzes in Milan I immediately became obsessed with the concept. Not being a big fan of Campari, I did some quick research and took a note from Venice instead — you are not going to believe how easy and refreshing this afternoon aperitivo is.

What You’ll Need:

Aperol

Prosecco (or tonic or sparkling water, or both)

Lemon

That’s it! And you don’t even need a lemon, but it makes for a nice garnish. This has been my go to drink lately and believe me the simplicity is greatly appreciated. After all, it’s August, it’s hot, And it seems like everyone I know is burnt out right now from one thing or another. All the more reason to make things a little easier for yourself and indulge in simple pleasures.

What to Do:

Add ice to a wine glass or tumbler

Add 1 oz Aperol

Add about 4 oz Prosecco, or play around with mixing Prosecco and sparkling water or tonic — depending on how August has been treating you so far

Garnish with a slice of lemon

Enjoy!

If you’re worried about investing in strange aperitivos, you’ll be pleased to know that a bottle of Aperol should only put you back about $20, and there’s all kinds of things you can do with it. That is, if you don’t polish the bottle off converting everyone you know to love this drink as much as you do (which is basically how I spent yesterday afternoon…).

Cheers, salut, and chin chin! Happy Monday — and thanks for reading! I love hearing from you, so please leave me a comment and stay in touch with me — pinterest, twitter, instagram, and facebook.

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