The Aperol Spritz, also known as Spritz Veneziano, is a popular Italian aperitif cocktail that originated in Venice, Italy. It is said to have been created in the early 20th century when the Austro-Hungarian soldiers, who were occupying Venice, would dilute the local wines with water to make them more palatable. The modern version of the Aperol Spritz was popularized in the 1950s by the Barbieri brothers, who created the Aperol liqueur. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for warm summer days and is enjoyed by people all around the world.
The Aperol Spritz has a refreshing, bittersweet taste with a hint of citrus. It is light, effervescent, and slightly herbal, making it a perfect balance of sweet and bitter flavors.
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What is the origin of the term 'aperitif'?
The term 'aperitif' comes from the Latin word 'aperire' which means 'to open'. It is called so because it is believed to open or stimulate the appetite before a meal.
What's the difference between Aperol and Campari?
While both Aperol and Campari are Italian bitters, they have quite distinct tastes. Campari has a much stronger and more bitter taste than Aperol. On the other hand, Aperol has a lighter, more subtle flavor, slightly sweeter and has a lower alcohol content than Campari.
Can I substitute white wine for Prosecco in the Aperol Spritz?
It's recommended to use Prosecco or another sparkling wine for the Aperol Spritz to maintain its characteristic fizz. If you use a still white wine, the cocktail will lose its effervescence.
What kind of glassware is suitable to serve cocktails other than a wine glass, rocks glass, or highball glass?
Depending on the cocktail, different glasses like the Coupe glass, Martini glass, Hurricane glass, Margarita glass, or even the Nick & Nora glass can be used.