Now that I'm feeling better, it's time for a cocktail!
This delightful and refreshing aperitif cocktail was introduced to me by my daughter who had first tasted 'Spreeeets' (as they pronounce it) in Venice, Italy on her honeymoon in 2007. At that time, Aperol was difficult to find here, but now, it's becoming more readily available if you live in an area with a well-stocked liquor store. If not, perhaps the store manager can order it for you.
Look at that gorgeous, orange color! Aperol is an Italian aperitif originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, Italy and is now produced by the Campari company. Similar to Campari but not nearly as bitter, Aperol has a wonderful, slightly bitter and tangy orange flavor and its alcohol content is only 11%. In its list of ingredients are, bitter orange, gentian and rhubarb. It's easy to understand how it became Italy's number one selling spirit and, it is becoming more and more popular worldwide.
To make an Aperol Spritz, first fill a glass with ice, squeeze the juice of a large slice of orange over the ice, plop that slice of orange into the glass then add 1-2 ounces of Aperol and fill with Prosecco (Italy's version of champagne). It makes a delightful summer aperitif cocktail on a hot, summer night!
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