Aperol Spritz – The Italian national drink 16

Two Italian national drinks

When Italians talk about aperitif they think about light white wines, rosè, sparkling wines and about Aperol Spritz. So what exactly is Aperol Spritz? Aperol Spritz is not pure wine, instead it is a type of wine-drink which usually gets served in big fancy glasses.

Aperol Spritz originated in the region around Venice but was “invented” by the Habsburgs who where ruling over most of Northern Italy at that time (late 18th century). Nevertheless, today it is one of the most popular drinks in Italy.

There are two types of Aperol Spritz drinks. The first one, which usually is referred to as Aperol Spritz, is mostly made of sparkling wine while the other one, which is known as Veneto Spritz, is blended with white white. The name Veneto Spritz derives from the region Veneto. Both drinks are mixed with Aperol, an Italian liquor which can be bought (at least in Europe) at most big supermarkets or liquor stores.

Veneto Spritz
Photo by troistoques (time-out)

Recipe for Aperol Spritz:

  • 3 parts of Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda
  • 6 cubes of Ice
  • half a slice of an orange

Recipe for Veneto-Spritz

  • 1 part of white wine (often Pinot Grigio or Bianco di Custoza are used)
  • 1 part of Aperol
  • 1 part of soda
  • 6 cubes of ice
  • an olive (cocktail olives)

The taste of the Veneto Spritz is compared to the Aperol Spritz less sweet and lighter since it has more soda water in it. This drink is the Italian summer drink so next time you have a party and you feel like trying something new then give the Aperol Spritz a shot :)

Here in Italy we serve Aperol Spritz at many occasionsm but usually we drink it as an aperitif for example before dinner. At first, the taste might be a bit unusual (it is bittersweet because of the Aperol) but many people. including myself. love it.

Have you tried Aperol Spritz before? Let me know in the comment section

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