Every food blog post I’ve read this past week seems to start off with the obligatory acknowledgement of the autumn”chill in the air”. Not so this post on the Aperol Spritz! Of course means it is time for all food blog posts to turn towards stew recipes and all other manner of dishes ably prepared on stovetops and hot ovens. The calendar has spoken! Its time stop grilling and come inside!
Not me. My locality is having a heatwave. Its hotter than bejesus here and bejesus is very hot indeed so you please enjoy your fall food while I cling to summer just a bit longer. I therefore decree it i “OK” to toss certain seasonal rules aside until it cools down a bit more. If its going to stay 95 degrees outside I think I will continue to wear my white jeans with sandals and sip my favorite summer drink. There will be plenty of time to wear sweaters and make pot roast later. I’m sure my regularly scheduled bourbon obsession will wait.
The extra time will allow me me enjoyment of the apertivo ritual I bringing home from Rome each summer vacation. Apertivo just seems to have more authenticity when its hot outside even if I can sense the days are getting shorter.
If you are not yet in the know, Apertivo refers both to the ritual/time of day as well as to the drink style that accompanies its. It is that peaceful moment just before evening begins but at which time it would be too premature to say “good evening”. Italians refer to period of respite as secondo pomeriggio or the ” second afternoon”.
A light drink refreshes the spirit and prepares the taste buds for a future dinner which often can be a few hours away. A Campari and soda or a prosecco are considered appertivo classics. The bitter Negroni, while certainly not light has enough bitter to be the exception that proves the rule and it practically defines the genre.
Stuzzichini, or light snacks, are served with the drinks. In our house this means a small dish of stuffed olives and some salty snack such as a small bowl of fancy chips or roasted, salted almonds will do just fine and won’t spoil our dinner.
A view of the Roman skyline isn’t a requirement but it certainly won’t hurt.
Aperol's bright orange color is custom made to usher in a gorgeous sunset. Its 11% alcohol content ensures you'll enjoy its flavorful effects without getting too wrecked for dinner. While certainly a cousin of Campari it enjoys a much less bitter flavor profile which focuses on bitter orange and rhubarb.
This is what you will need:
- 2 1/2 ounce prosecco
- 1 1/2 ounce Aperol
- splash of soda (optional)
- orange slice for garnish
This is how you make it:
- In a rocks glass or highball filled with ice add prosecco, a dash of seltzer (if using) and then top with Aperol, in that order to avoid Aperol settling to the bottom. Garnish with a slice of orange. Take time to enjoy the view and drink responsibly.