The Drink of the Summer

Here is my last-ditch effort to save your summer. Labor Day is fast approaching. In fact, it’s practically here. Summer is coming to a close. What a spectacular time for me to introduce you to the drink of the summer. Timing has never been my strong suit. Summer is difficult. You are cutting early from the office for the beach on Fridays. Your Sunday mornings are spent on a rooftop instead of in a Netflix binge, and you are drinking more than you do the rest of the year. Well, outside of Thanksgiving, New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and the Super Bowl. But yeah, summer.

Summer drinking is difficult. The heat forces you to abandon those high alcohol beers or full-bodied bourbons that can quickly drag you into a stupor. You also don’t want to be relegated to the, while refreshing, boring world of vodka soda. You need a light, flirty drink with heavy, powerful flavor. My millennial friends, here is a love letter to the Aperol Spritz. The drink of the summer.

Call it recency bias, but I just spent a long weekend imbibing each morning with this beautiful cocktail. For those of you less imbedded in the world of cocktails, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What is an Aperol Spritz?” You may even be wondering, “What is Aperol?” To understand the former, I must explain the latter. Aperol is an Italian aperitif, reddish-pink in color, created in 1919. It didn’t gain its popularity until after the Second World War. So, in terms of the entire history of alcohol, Aperol is relatively new, making it somewhat of an instant classic. For those of you familiar with Campari, the best way to describe Aperol is a less boozy, less bitter Campari.

Other than being utterly delicious and refreshing, it is very simple to make. Part of its charm. All you need is Aperol, Prosecco, soda water, and an orange to garnish. And the recipe is impossible to mess up. Equal parts Aperol and Prosecco, splash of soda and toss in an orange wheel. Or tailor it to your personal taste. That easy.

Now you know how to make it, but what makes it great? The Spritz is light, airy. The bubbles from the Prosecco and soda water gently tickle lips with each sip. It’s light enough to start a morning without sidelining you for the rest of the day, which makes it a near-perfect brunch cocktail. Brunch not your thing? It’s also flavorful and refreshing, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to a sidewalk patio, under an umbrella only half covering your face in a late August heat. Picturesque and overtly Italian. But let’s say, for instance, you spent all night out and went with vodka sodas at the club all night. It’s hot, you’re sweaty, and you get home and need to entertain a guest with a nightcap. Well, due to its relatively low alcohol content (considered high for a morning beverage) it works as an end to evening without putting you over the edge and ruining your night.

It’s versatile for almost any situation. It’s pink in hue which draws those people who don’t like a boozy drink, it has a subtle potency to bring along those of us that do. Lazy summer Sundays should be spent with an over-sized wine glass hanging from your off hand, sunglasses on, sipping a Spritz. Especially the last one of the summer. Close summer properly.

 

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I hope you last weekend of “summer” is as good as I know your last #MillenialFriday will be.