Jacopo’s back this week for the next installment of Bar Therapy with a classic cocktail that is not only perfect for the summer but also a favorite of many Italians…including his mom! It uses two Veneto drink staples: Aperol, a bitter orange aperitif that originates in Padua, and Prosecco, the Veneto’s sparkling star made from the Glera grape, and can be seen clutched in the hands of Italians enjoying an after-work aperitivo all over the country. Read on below for Jacopo Falleni‘s easy-assembly instructions for how to bring this pieces of Italy into your glass at home.
Notes from Jacopo’s Bar: The Aperol Spritz
Every time I think about the Aperol Spritz it makes me smile. Not only because I love it so much and it brings back great memories, but also because it’s my mom’s favorite cocktail and maybe one of the very first drinks I started making in my early bartending career… yes, I used my mom as a guinea pig.
Why do I love it so much? I love it because it’s one of Italy’s traditional drinks that has a history behind it. Every time you sip on one you can’t help but to think of Venice, the Carnival, the distinct Venetian accent and all their traditions. Cocktails for me are like music, they always bring back memories…. both the good ones and (the not so good ones).
- 2 oz. Aperol
- 2 oz. Prosecco
- Splash of Soda Water or Seltzer Water
- GARNISH: Orange slice
The Aperol Spritz is an Italian Classic, right up there with Negroni Cocktails. These cocktails are the result of a solution of a classic aperitivo that people from Veneto are accustomed to drinking. The Venetian Spritz is made with White Wine and Soda or Seltzer. But in the 1950’s people all over Italy started enjoying a revised version- Aperol, Prosecco and Seltzer. And that is how The Aperol Spritz was born! It took around 50 years to make it a worldwide sensation and here it is… my mom’s favorite cocktail is finally desired around the world!
Now that we’ve had our history lesson, lets make a drink!
Directly in an ice filled Rocks Glass (or in a Big Wine Balloon Glass) add your ingredients in this order: first the Aperol, next the Prosecco and lastly a splash of Seltzer. Stir it gently and garnish with a slice of orange or with some cumquat slices (as seen in the photo) and serve. The color is a seductive translucent red. The scent teases with bitter oranges and the taste is screaming Viva l’Italia! Dry and bitter, but so refreshing and perfect as a before dinner drink or an aperitivo…(if you were Venetian that is what you would say!)
Dio te varda da un magnador che no beve! God saves you from an eater who does not drink!
If you love Jacopo’s mixology madness, try another famous cocktail, a Rosso Atunno!