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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Venetian Spritz

Drink Like a Venetian…

It’s summer and that time of year for dinner parties al fresco. While you’re wondering what to throw on the grill, start off your evening with a refreshing summer cocktail.

One of our favorites is a drink we discovered in Venice called the “Spritz”. It’s the quintessential aperitivo in the Veneto, and not only does it tastes great,  it’s beautiful to behold (especially at sunset), thirst quenching and will whet your guests’ appetite before dinner.

A combination of white wine or Prosecco, bitter alcohol such as Aperol or Campari, and soda, it's garnished with orange or lemon for that extra infusion of citrusy splendor. Aperol is lighter and less bitter than Campari, so you be the judge of which spirit to use. It’s easy, fast and fresh… summer never tasted so good!

Tuto va bene!
 Cin cin!

Venetian Spritz

3 ounces Prosecco (or any sparkling wine or plain white wine)

1 ounce Aperol

Splash of soda water or sparkling water
Garnish of orange or lemon

Pour the sparkling wine or white wine into a glass of ice cubes.  Add the Aperol and then a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with orange or lemon slice (green olive optional).


1 comment:

Julienne said...

Not only tastes good but it is pretty as well!!