Aperol Spritz! My perfect aperitivo in Italy & beyond...
Having “uno spritz” in an historic Italian piazza (square) while soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by is a perfect pre-dinner activity after a day on the bike! Around aperitif time (5 to 9pm), you invariably get a small snack “spuntino” free of charge along with your drink. This could be a few crisps or olives to something more elaborate, such as warm crostini or mini focaccia slices, depending on the bar. Keep in mind that the spuntino isn’t likely to be sufficient to re-fuel a hungry cyclist who has just conquered an Alpine passo, but a light snack to go with your drink.
Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular aperitivo in Italy. Known as “Veneziano” in northern Italy, its bright orange, zesty, bitter, refreshing and makes a perfect early evening pre-dinner drink. It originates in the Veneto region of northern Italy – on a warm summers evening the piazzas and cafes are filled with people enjoying the sparkling orange drink along with a small snack or “spuntino”.
One of my favourite places to enjoy an Aperol Spritz is in Piazza Walther in the cosmopoloitan northern Italian town of Bolzano; the “gateway to the Dolomites”, where we will spend a night on our upcoming 2015 Milan to Venice ride.
The only downside to the Aperol Spritz is that they are so delicious it’s hard to stop at 1 or 2… and one always needs to consider the kilometers and altitude gain the next day!
How to make it:
According to the Campari Group — which owns Aperol — the "official Aperol Spritz" is made of 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda. Check out the “3-2-1” campaign on their website.