Aperol Spritz: La Dolce Thanksgiving Cocktail

My sweet cousin is a jet-setting flight attendant. This means that she gets to see taste the world and get paid for it. She always has the best stories, the most delicious-sounding dinners to tell us about, and the most glamorous new things from everywhere. She was able to take her delicious Delta traditional Thanksgiving skills on the road and join us in Rome during my undergraduate semester there, bringing all kinds of boxed and canned ingredients so we could have a “normal” Thanksgiving dinner. This year we all gathered here in the states (so common) and she prepared the most beautiful, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with of course a touch of the exotic.

The year, she indulged my love of all things Italian by bringing a bottle of Aperol with her. When I told her I hadn’t had it before, she let me know it was the stylish cocktail of choice in Northern Italy. And I just sighed, because I don’t know these posh things.

Aperol is an aperitif made in Padua, Italy by the Barbieri company. The flavors are slightly less bitter than Campari, which is one of the more widely recognized Italian cocktail imports. Aperol has an orange and rhubarb flavor, and according to the company’s website also has flavors of “gentian and chinchoa,” which are definitely new flavors to me. The colors are dramatic and beautiful, and the flavor is fresh and clean, which allows the drink to pair well with a variety of flavors. Plus I like any cocktail recipe that doesn’t require me to shake and pour and rinse and all of that.

You will need:
  • Prosecco (we used two bottles)
  • One bottle Aperol
  • One bottle Club Soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange Slices (optional)

The proportions for the cocktail are simple: 3 parts Prosecco (or any other dry sparkling wine, but let’s keep it Italian), 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash Club Soda
  • Pour all ingredients into a pitcher with a bit of ice (enough to keep it cold, not too much or it will be watered down as the ice cools, right when people are ready for seconds).
  • Garnish individual champagne glasses with an orange slice, and prepare your Italian “cheers” (“Salute” – informal vs. “Cin Cin” – formal)! 
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  1. ICM

    Love it!

    3 December, 2012

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