Saturday, July 15, 2017

When In Rome...Indulge in a Spritz! #Recipe @PegCochran

Hubby and I recently spent two weeks in Italy--a dream vacation, a celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary and something to cross off our bucket list!  While there we were introduced to the "spritz" which could very well be the Italian national drink!

They're light and refreshing in the summer heat--light enough to indulge at 11:00 a.m. after a morning of sightseeing.

There are basically three kinds of spritzes--con (with) Aperol, con Campari and con Select.  All are infusions of herbs, roots and fruit.  Campari is also used to make a Negroni (Campari, vermouth and gin) and an Americano (Campari and vermouth.)

Select, which is available only in Venice, is a deep red and the sweetest of the three.  Aperol is next and is a vibrant red-orange.  Campari is the most bitter and adds more of a brownish color to the drink.

Upon returning home, we had to continue with our spritz addiction and I readily found the ingredients in our Italian gourmet shop.

3 parts Prosecco or other sparkling wine
2 parts Aperol
1 splash of soda water

Fill your glasses with plenty of ice.

Add an orange slice--we had to make due with a clementine!

Add three parts Prosecco

Add two parts Aperol and a splash of soda water.

An olive is optional--some bars included one while others didn't.


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  1. Ah, I remember it well...sipping spritzers while watching the sun set over the Tuscan hills... Your vacation sounds lovely! And now, when you're feeling romantic you can pull out your bottle of Aperol.

  2. Love to try this. Getting burnt out on Apple or Vanilla Moscow Mules. lol

    1. You need a change of venue! From Moscow to Rome lol!

  3. Definitely drinking one of these soon! At the Oddfellows Cafe in Seattle, we had a Negroni made with sparkling wine instead of gin, and my goodness, it was wonderful!

    1. That sounds good! I've never had a Negroni--I'm not fond of gin.

  4. What fun and what a lovely anniversary celebration. it looks like it suits you very well!
    Campari is too bitter for my taste. What is Aperol like?

    1. Aperol is much less bitter than Campari. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Hubby hates Campari but loved Aperol!

  5. Happy 15th Anniversary to you and your husband, Peg! What a wonderful way to celebrate. And "cin cin" for sharing this fantastic summer refresher--Italian style! xoxo ~ Cleo