One of my favorite new drinks here in Italy is the Aperol Spritz. I also like them with Campari, but my preference is Aperol. I was making one just now.
“Having a spritz?” asked Fritz.
“Yes,” I said. “I hurt my back and the Advil just isn’t working.”
“That’ll work,” he predicted.
“No,” I said, “it won’t. But it will make me not care.”
Unfortunately for you folks back Stateside, Aperol is not cheap. Twice the price as it is here. Ouch. I will be stocking up before we return, that’s for sure.
If you’d like to try one, here is the recipe:
3 parts prosecco
2 parts aperol
1 part fizzy water
Fill wine glass with ice, add the liquids, garnish with a slice of orange, and stir.
Prosecco is a white, sparkling wine. I had never heard of it, or Aperol, before I came to Italy. It is also half the price here vs. anywhere in the US. I get mine, often, from the local wine shop that has it and about 20 other wines on tap. I bring my own bottles, and we walk out of there with 8 liters of wine for about $20. This wineshop is why I know Italian numbers. I could say “quindici” which is 15…and I like the #15 wine which is a frizzante (bubbly) red…but I had to learn the other numbers so I could try the other wines.
You can substitute another sparkling white wine for the prosecco, but I can’t guarantee that it will taste as good.
In Garmisch, Germany, I had an excellent weissbier spritz, using weissbier instead of prosecco.
Locally, they also recommend a limoncello spritz, but in this one, the limoncello replaces the aperol. Limoncello is another beverage that was unknown to me before coming here, and one that I have taken quite a fancy to. It is usually served as an after-dinner drink and often is provided without charge at restaurants. One restaurant in Florence gave Bill and I a second shot of limoncello…we had sent all the kids back to the apartment after dinner and stayed behind to savor a moment of peace and quiet. The Italians know that everything is better with a little alcohol.