Hi everyone! Today we talk about my favorite drink ever that Jacopo prepared for us: the Aperol Spritz! Spritz is a refreshing drink that is commonly served in the northern part of Italy, especially in Venice - Veneto - the region where I come from. The origins of this drink are not known but it is widely believed that the Spritz was born during the 19th century Austrian occupation of Republic of Venice. The name itself seems to come from the German verb spritzen, to spray. The Austrian soldiers in Veneto and in Friuli regions frequented local taverns to drink wine. The powerful wines of Veneto and Friuli were too alcoholic for their tastes, as they were accustomed to the lighter wines of Austria. Hence the request to spray a bit (of water) into their glasses of wine. The original Spritz was composed of sparkling white or red wine, diluted with fresh water. During years, this custom spread throughout northern Italy, and colored variants were introduced: red like Aperol or Campari, or black like China Martini and Cynar. Today The “Aperitivo” ritual of northern Italy spreads to the rest of the country and we can find so many variants of this gorgeous drink. Many Venetian cities have their own specific version of this drink. In the last decade, the Aperol Spritz with Prosecco has become the most popular type served in Italy. The Spritz cocktail is considered a popular ritual celebrated just before lunch, or late in the afternoon, before dinner in caffe bar, osterie, and wine bar. The Spritz is more than a pleasant aperitif: it is a ritual, a tradition, a wonderful way to hang out with friends. Making the Aperol Spritz is very easy and it is also worth experiments with to determine proportions that suit your taste. The perfect Spritz is prepared in a wine glass garnished with a slice of orange. Salute!
- Aperol - 1/3 of glass
- Prosecco - 1/3 of glass
- Sparkling water - 1/3 of glass
- Ice cubes - 6
- Orange - 1 slice
Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes.
Pour 1/3 of Aperol into the glass filled with ice cubes.
Add 1/3 of Prosecco white wine.
Now add 1/3 of sparkling water.
With a spoon stir well but slowly.
Garnish with an orange slice. Salute!