Just two months removed from a life changing Italy trip with Patty and great friends and I’m already scheming to go back. How do we keep these once in a lifetime trips with us long after they’re over? We try to recreate the good times. Which I’ll be honest, is nearly impossible when you’re talking about sipping an Aperol spritz 1,000 feet above the Amalfi coast in a Positano restaurant.
One particular drink that will forever take me back to Italy (besides the wine of course), is the Aperol spritz. The Aperol spritz is an Italian classic and by far my favorite Italian cocktail (besides maybe the limoncello) but that’s a story for another post…
The Aperol spritz is a refreshing concoction consisting of prosecco, Aperol, soda water, and an orange slice garnish. This cocktail is an “apertivo” staple, which is essentially a 2 hour post-work cocktail hour with light dishes. Apertivo serves as a pre-dinner drink to build up your appetite before crushing even more cheese and wine. I’d be hard pressed to say our entire trip wasn’t one giant apertivo because we were eating the ENTIRE time.
What is Aperol? An orange flavored Italian Apertif with a mix of sweetness, bitterness and spices—similar to Campari but with a sweeter twist. Combine that with prosecco and soda water and you have the most refreshing, easy sipping Summertime cocktail that will take you straight to the beaches of Positano. Ciao, prego, prego!
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- 3 ounces prosecco
- 2 ounces Aperol
- 1 ounce soda water
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a wine glass with ice. Stir and garnish with half an orange slice.