Aperol Spritz – Signature Drink of Venice

The Aperol Spritz is THE Signature Drink of Venice

The Aperol Spritz is THE Signature Drink of Venice

We just returned from Venice where I officially I initiated my love affair with the Aperol Spritz, the signature drink of Venice. Ever since I overdosed on gin and tonics in my early twenties, I have avoided any type of cocktail that has the slightest bitter taste. I had tried an Aperol Spritz several years ago, without being impressed and without wanting to repeat the experience. Perhaps it was just bad timing and the wrong conditions. Fast forward to a suffocatingly hot and humid June day in Venice, when my mouth was screaming for something to revive me and to quench my thirst. This time, the Aperol Spritz was magical, and now I am a devotee. I probably shouldn’t confess this, but between the two of us, Simone and I consumed probably fifteen of these beauties during our three-and-a-half day stay in Venice.

If you’re not having an Aperol Spritz, along with cicchetti (small bites or a Venetian type of “tapas”), then you’re not getting into the swing of Venetian life. Making a meal of these small bites while enjoying a Spritz is quick and easy.

Aperol Ready for Mixing and Consuming

Aperol Ready for Mixing and Consuming

An Aperol Spritz is made of three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one part fizzy water. Add a slice of orange or lemon, and your ready to go. Normally you can find a Spritz for 3-4 euro, but expect to pay much more if you choose to sit in a popular tourist spot.

My New Favorite Tee Shirt from Elitre Concept Store in Venice

My New Favorite Tee Shirt from Elitre Concept Store in Venice

I returned from Venice with my witty new Spritz tee-shirt, which I found in the Elitre Concept Store. The store has two locations – one in the Dorsoduro, and the other close to the Rialto Bridge. Federica, who owns and runs the store, has curated the store selection with uniquely fashionable and fun items. You’ll find many items there to temp your whimsy.



By |2015-11-11T11:10:13+01:00June 13th, 2015|A Romance with Venice, Drinking in Italy|4 Comments

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  1. Shelley Hobson June 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Do you have the recipe for the spritz, and will you promise to serve it to me when I’m sitting on your porch with you soon?

    • Jed June 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, one part fizzy water…add orange or lemon (and zest around the rim of the glass). I promise to serve you your first at dusk, sitting out front!

  2. Gilly June 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    We love them too, got addicted in Cortina whilst skiing! Rub the orange zest around the rim, mmmm

    • Jed June 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Oh yeah! I forgot to add the important detail about the orange zest around the rim. Thanks for reminding me. Let’s plan an Aperol Spritz get-together soon!

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