Italian Cocktail of the Week: Orange Blossom Special

The weather here in Naples has at last taken a turn for the better.  The temperature is up, the shorts and summer dresses are out and the sprinklers are on in the evening.  Time for a cocktail which you can find all over Italy.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Summer than to mix and serve this classic Aperol Spritz.  It’s a feel-good, relaxed and refreshing drink, low in alcohol and high in style, which comes with a slight, but not overpowering, bitter taste.  Its orangey-rhubarby hue makes it unmistakeable in the bar or on the beach.  And it comes in a cool bottle too.

The recipe is simple:

Take a highish glass and add ice.

Pour over 3/5 Prosecco.

Add 1/5 (a splash) of Soda Water and then 2/5 of the Aperol, added last so it sinks through the other liquids.

Add a slide of orange and serve.

Adjust the taste as you see fit.  If you want it sweeter, add more prosecco.  More kick? Add a splash of gin.  More bitter, add more aperol or better still add some Campari instead.

Cin Cin

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