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WHEN IN BRESCIA, IT’S THE PIRLO COCKTAIL YOU WANT

Pirlo Cocktail

This Refreshing Cocktail is a Smooth Blend of Campari, White Wine and Citrus

There’s a big difference between Italy’s northern, inland region of Brescia and the flowing lagoons of Venice. Beyond the geographical obvious traits, one very important distinction is the cocktail of choice in each of the two cities. Many people are familiar with the Venetian Spritz, fewer know the complementary version from Brescia, the Pirlo. Even though the International Bar Association declared that the Pirlo cocktail is “the father” of the spritz version, the bubbly Venetian favorite gets more pub.

Today, we’re changing that. The Pirlo has all the sweet, smoky smoothness of Campari and dry white wine and citrus twist that a spritz has, but uses still white wine instead of prosecco. A small change with a big impact, as the Pirlo consequently transcends seasons a bit more than the decidedly refreshing summertime spritz. Understandably, Brescia locals and those in the surrounding region feature their version of the drink prominently, so when exploring in the north, make sure not to call it a spritz!

Insider fact: The Pirlo shares its name with another Brescia original, the famed AC Milan footballer Andrea Pirlo who played for the club in the early 2000’s. The drink and the athlete have no other connection than their birthplaces, but are both fan favorites in their own right.

This Thirsty Thursday, we’re sipping on the Pirlo while daydreaming of Italy and its many flavors. Whatever your preference of white wine – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Lugana – or favorite citrus twist, this easy-to-make, easier-to-love cocktail suits the evening perfectly.

The Pirlo Cocktail

1 part Campari (Aperol if you prefer a lighter flavor)
2-3 parts white wine
Small splash of sparkling water
Slice of lemon or orange

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