Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tired of drinking “Jack & Cokes” or “Vodka Tonics” elbow to elbow with drunkerds you don’t even know? Why not have your friends over for a few creative cocktails of your own!
In the Veneto Region of Italy (top right of the boot) a wildly popular “aperitif” or pre-dinner cocktail is the ever refreshing Spritz (SPR-EATS). It is a wine-based cocktail prepared with white wine, specifically Prosecco and a dash of either Aperol (a sweet liquor) or Campari (a unique bitter tasting liquor). The drink is then topped off with a small amount of sparkling water. It is served over ice in a lowball glass and garnished with a slice of orange. The drink originated in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire and is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and water.
2 parts dry white wine, ideally a little bubbly prosecco
1 part Aperol or Campari
splash of mineral water (fizzy or naturale)
Garnish with a slice of orange and serve with potato chips!
Salute! Cin Cin!