This week’s Friday Cocktail is quintessentially Italian, as Cameron and I are on a trip to Venice! The spritz originated in Northern Italy, Venice to be exact, where it involved a combination of wine and sparkling water. The later inclusion of prosecco helped create the versions we know today, adding a bitter liquor and a splash of club soda to balance things out.
I’ve never been to Venice before, but needless to say I couldn’t be more excited. A friend of ours invited us to meet her there last summer, and I can’t believe it’s finally here! I majored in Art History at University, and did a focus on Renaissance and Baroque art, so getting to see the buildings, frescoes, and paintings in person is going to be pretty amazing. Be on the lookout for a new post sometime next week about the trip, complete with probably way too many architecture photos.
Now back to this week’s cocktail.
I have been a huge fan of Campari since pretty much forever. I remember as a child I would sneak little sips of my mom’s Campari and grapefruit during the summer, and loved the bitterness, and the gorgeous pink colour. Aperol has a lot in common with Campari, but is decidedly less bitter, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your taste. The nice thing is that its relatively low in alcohol, so enjoying a spritz pre-dinner (or late-afternoon) is totally doable without getting tipsy.
There’s just enough bitterness to be interesting, but what I really love about Aperol is the gorgeous, orange-y smell. It’s a lot like Campari, but more floral, and absolutely perfect for summer sipping.
• 3 oz dry prosecco
• 2 oz Aperol
• 1oz club soda
- In a wine glass or tumbler add a healthy about of ice
- Add apparel, prosecco, and club soda
- Gently stir and garnish with an orange wedge