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Refreshing with a definite flavor of orange, an Aperol and Tangerine Spritz is a civilized and delicious cocktail that boosts your appetite and your spirits.
I’m b-a-a-a-c-k!!!! Despite appearances to the contrary I’ve not abandoned this blog!!! I’ve always been one who has believed I could “do it all” – the last 2 months however, have taught me otherwise. Teaching 3 college classes, taking on a major remodeling project, doing freelance work AND planning a 2 1/2 week trip for my family to Italy over the holidays??
Good Lord what “was” I thinking? Or rather, “was I thinking”? I “think” not! Madness I tell you, utter Madness!!!!!
But “all’s well that end’s well” and 2013 ended pretty darn well, if I do say so myself – even if I was sick in bed… but that bed happened to be in Florence, so… as I said, “all’s well that end’s well.”
And honestly, with a view like this (and yes, this was our view!!) who could complain???
So.. although I am just a “tad” late, I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous 2014… and introduce you to my new favorite “aperitivo” … the Aperol Spritz – which I discovered on our trip and made sure to “experience” in every city we traipsed through. So what exactly is Aperol? It is an Italian aperitif made with oranges and infused with various herbs and roots according to a secret recipe and meant to be served before a meal to stimulate one’s appetite… accompanied of course by snacks….
A highly civilized and delicious practice if you ask me… and one of my resolutions for 2014!
But before I wander off into the joys of Italian appetizers or “chichetti” let’s get back to this Aperol and Tangerine Spritz. Traditionally, the Spritz is made with 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts Prosecco and a splash of sparkling water and garnished with oranges slices. But as you know, I have a habit of “tinkering” with recipes and this one is no different! When I arrived home, I found a beautiful box of Neopolitan Tangerines waiting for me from Melissas Produce!
These Neopolitan Tangerines are very sweet with an almost floral character – they really need no embellishment – but I thought their floral notes would pair wonderfully with an Aperol Spritz – and I was right! (They also make a lovely holiday decoration… that is IF you can keep from eating them!). Although an Aperol and Tangerine Spritz seems more suited to to the hot and humid days of summer I think it’s perfect any time of year – and for those of you who are hunkered down under feet of snow, this Aperol and Tangerine Spritz is just the antidote to your winter blues… and if you are here in California… well, we’ve got the summer weather going on (84 degrees….. really??) … and now a cocktail to go with it!
Aperol and Tangerine Spritz
- 3 parts Prosecco or other sparkling wine
- 2 parts Aperol
- 2 Tbsp. Neopolitan Tangerine juice
- 1 splash sparkling water
- ice cubes
- Neopolitan tangerine slices
- fresh mint sprigs optional
- In a large old fashioned glass or tumbler, add ice cubes. Pour the aperol over the ice, add the tangerine juice, prosecco and top with the sparkling water. Stir briefly and garnish with tangerine slices and fresh mint if desired.