In Italy ‘aperitivo time’ or ‘ape time’ is more than just a ‘thing’, it is a prelude to dinner ,and a part of the day that is intrinsically woven into Italian culture that it is easily considered as sacred as dinner itself. Which is why this bank holiday weekend we are going to be making like the Italians and relaxing with a cold drink in hand as we watch the sunset over Lake Garda.
Ok, we can see what you’re thinking ‘it's alright for some?!’...
This is why this Find Your Fleek Friday we are going to be bringing Italy to you and sharing some of our favourite Italian drinks recipes, so you too can enjoy la dolce vita…
The Aperol Spritz
The ‘Pimms’ of Italy. That weird looking orange drink that you see absolutely everywhere and has taken Italy and the world by storm in the last couple of years.
- Grab a decent sized wine glass
- Add some ice cubes and a slice or two of orange
- Pour in your Aperol, followed by your prosecco (approx 1:3 ratio)
- Add a splash of soda/tonic water, or just let your ice cubes melt a bit
There are several variations to the Spritz. Today we shared the recipe for the ‘classic’ Spritz Aperol, or Aperol Spritz (depending on which country you are in), but if Aperol isn’t quite up your street then you can swap it out for the following:
Created in 1860 Campari is Aperol's older sister and if you like your drinks bitter then this is the one for you.
Many would argue a compromise between Aperol and Campari, to many this Venetian aperitivo is almost as iconic as the Rialto Bridge or Piazza San Marco. If you want to show you know your stuff go for this concoction, the one to wow at any dinner party.
The Aperol Alternative; although the spritz is the ‘darling drink’ of the moment, due to it’s rather unique flavour there are still many people for who it’s not their drink of choice. To this we present the Hugo, or pronounced ‘Ugo’ if you are in Italy. This refreshing, sweeter drink always tickles our taste buds and is a real fleek favourite in the summer months.
- Pop a handful of ice into a large wine glass along with some torn mint leaves
- Mix your elderflower cordial with prosecco (you don’t need as much elderflower for this as you did Aperol in the previous recipe, as it can be quite a sweet flavour we suggest to keep adding it until you achieve your perfect taste)
- Add a dash of soda water
- Stir and add a slice of lime to garnish
You can also make a similar non alcoholic version of the Hugo by swapping out the prosecco for sparkling water and adding a squeeze of lime.
Succo di Limone (Non alcoholic)
In the south of Italy lemons are ubiquitous. Driving down the Amalfi Coast, it’s not hard to spot the alberi di limone dotted across the picturesque countryside. Invigorating and thirst quenching, this drink is a relatively new kid on the block outside of Italy, but we think mocktail is going to be massive:
- Put a couple of ice cubes into a highball glass
- Take 2-3 (preferably unwaxed) lemons and peel the rind off one of them (this will be used for garnish)
- Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the glass
- Top up with water (most people use ordinary tap water but we like to use fizzy water to give it some pizazz)
- Mix and then sprinkle on the lemon rind
Note: If you find the above a little to bitter sweeten it up with a teaspoon of cane sugar
If you enjoyed this then why not book in to our June Retreat to Lake Garda.
We still have a few spots left, so if you want to join us for a sunset aperitivo or three, then make sure you sign up now.
Spaces limited to 10 guests per retreat.
Dates: 20-23rd June 2019. Book now.
Disclaimer: Have fun but please drink responsibly
Written by Emma Bolus