As we’ve been traveling lately, Germany, Italy, and now Austria, we’ve noticed people sipping bright orange (almost day-glow) cocktails. A little detective work and now we’ve joined the ranks with the Aperol Spritz.
The first time we saw this florescent orange cocktail, we were wandering the streets of Munich with a bunch of Ed’s Air Force buddies. People were sitting in outdoor cafes, as people in Europe tend to do, when the color caught our eye. One member of our party, was a tall, handsome, college student (the son of one of Ed’s friends). He had studied German and was eager to try out his language skills, so he ran over to chat up two matronly women, one of whom was enjoying an Aperol Spritz.
He was a charming young man (who seemed quite pleased about being on vacation with his family, how unusual is that?!!!), and he returned with enough information that the bartender at our hotel was able to concoct the cocktail for us.
The next stop on our road trip was to meet up with Ed’s brother and his wife in Venice. You can bet that I found an Italian supermarket and brought home a bottle of Aperol. Oh, the advantages of traveling by car!
Aperol is an Italian apertif made with bitter orange, rhubarb, and cinchona (the source of quinine). The end result when mixed with proseco and sparkling water is a light, refreshing drink that isn’t at all sweet. The flavors make me think of tonic water flavored with a hint of orange marmalade. It’s so easy to put together; want to give it a try?
A colorful and refreshing summer aperitif!
- 3 parts proseco
- 2 parts Aperol
- 1 part sparkling water (club soda)
- Chill all of your bottles and combine