Celebrate the day with a refreshing aperitif — a bubbly, Italian spritz cocktail.
Here’s a glass especially made to say cin-cin — this classic spritz cocktail is a refreshing aperitif that will take you straight to an Italian piazza at dusk.
I became smitten with the cookbook Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook of Sorts. from the London restaurant of the same name. It has everything I love in a book, cooking related or not, including great stories and photography, a few maps, and a stunning design.
I’m in love with the book’s Japanese-style exposed binding, which looks strangely sexy to me, as if the book has stripped down to nothing but corsets and crinolines….oops, I’m getting a bit off topic.
Flipping through the book will not only make you hungry, but eager to buy a ticket straight to Venice.
The recipe for the Spritz cocktail is the one perfected in the Veneto, made with white wine, bitters and soda water. I made this version with a splash of prosecco for an all-in-one drink that feels especially celebratory.
I also like to use Aperol in place of the usual Campari because it has a tiny bit less bitterness.
italian spritz cocktail
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Sip this simple classic Italian cocktail and imagine dusk on a beautiful piazza - the spritz cocktail is the ultimate grown-up refresher.
- 2 slices lemon
- 3 ounces Prosecco or sparkling wine
- 2 ounces Aperol or Campari
- Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Squeeze the juice from one lemon slice. Pour in the wine, followed by the Aperol or Campari.
- Garnish with additional lemon slice and drink.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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