The Made in Italy DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Bar
We’re all trying to stay socially responsible, but still craving that bar environment and the delicious drinks that accompany the experience. So we’re bringing you The DIY (Drink-it-yourself) Bar. You get to learn a little, and drink a little, of our favourite Italian classic standalone drinks and cocktails. Set the mood, pull out a little plate of olives for that typical Italian bar vibe and get ready to drink with your favourite Made in Italy dishes.
This iconic bright orange drink is a wine-based cocktail, commonly served as an aperitif in Northeastern Italy. The essential ingredients to make it are Prosecco, Aperol and soda water. The Aperol Spritz has been perfected over time, from a wine-based beverage to the Aperol and soda water concoction we treat ourselves to today.
History of Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz, also commonly known as a Spritz Veneziano for where it was created, was born in the 1800s. During the Hasburg domination in the Veneto region during this time, the soldiers, merchants and diplomats of the Hasburg empire got used to drinking wine in the local taverns. Nonetheless, these new varieties of wines were unfamiliar and had higher alcohol contents than they were accustomed to. The newcomers then asked the locals to spray a bit of water into the wine (spritzen in German) to make the wines lighter. So, the real original spritz was composed of sparkling white wine or red wine diluted with fresh water.
The Aperol component that know and love today was created in Padua in 1919 by the Barbieri brothers. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the recipe was adapted to include Aperol and soda water.
Aperol Spritz at Home
- 100ml Aperol
- 150ml prosecco
- soda, to top up
- Put a couple of cubes of ice into 2 glasses and add a 50 ml measure of Aperol to each. Divide the prosecco between the glasses and then top up with soda.
Made in Italy Meal Pairing
The iconic way to drink Aperols is as an aperitif with the ritual of aperitivo. This pre-dinner drink and snack tradition can be experienced throughout Northern Italy, particularly in Milano and Venezia. These cities are famous for their nearby oceans, and as a result, their seafood. Pour yourself an Aperol Spritz and order in a Gamberi pizza or pasta, for that bittersweet drink and salty food combo.
Grazie for reading and as always buon appetito!
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