Enjoying an Aperol Spritz at Cantinetta Luca
The word for the day is aperitif (pronounced “ah-pair-ee-TEEF”)… the lovely Latin word for a pre-dinner cocktail that’s usually big on refreshment and light on alcohol. The sun has arrived here on the Monterey Peninsula (and hopefully to your neighborhood), so it’s the perfect time to head to BevMo! for supplies to make one of my favorite afternoon coolers. The Aperol Spritz is orange soda for adults. It’s a sparkly, happy drink with notes of rhubarb and a hint of grapefruit rind bitterness. This is the cocktail that says: the day is done…it’s time to celebrate!
1 slice orange
It’s very simple to make; here’s a tutorial for you!
I have some expert mixing notes to offer:
- Adjust the drink to suit your personal taste. If you’d like a more sweet, less bitter taste, lower the Aperol to Prosecco ratio.
- Make sure to use large ice cubes, not crushed ice! This is essential for slow dilution of your drink!
- Choose a chilled, dry Prosecco, but if that’s not handy use whatever you’ve got in your frig: Gruet, Cava or anything French but not expensive.
- Use a Bordeaux glass and add a straw…black is the traditional color. If you haven’t got one, a rocks glass will work.
- MIX WELL!
Ladies, I guarantee you’ll look lovely sipping this spritzer while your man fires up the grill or orders the appetizers!