The Perfect Cocktail for Virtual Summers in Italy
It became an official cocktail in 1919, but it’s been a thing since the Austrian Empire ruled the Veneto region of Italy, where Venice is located today, in the early 19th century. The Austrians would add a splash – or spritz – water to their Italian wine, which eventually also included the addition of favorite spirit Aperol. Today, the Aperol Spritz is as Italian as it gets, offering a relatively low alcohol, refreshing option for summer days spent along the canals and coastline (or on the verandah or Promenade Deck of your Crystal ship).
While the original Aperol Spritz follows a simple combination of prosecco sparkling wine, Aperol and club soda, there are plenty of choice to suit your preferences on board. So popular and universally satisfying is the cocktail, Crystal’s barkeepers and mixologists devised an entire selection of “Spritzes” from which to choose. Aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter with the refreshing bite of prosecco, feel free to spritz any way you wish.
Classic Aperol Spritz
1 oz. Aperol
2 oz. Prosecco Sparkling Wine
1 oz. Club Soda
Serve the drink in a nice stemmed glass over ice. Garnish with slice of orange.
Aboard Crystal ships, choose from Aperol Aperitivo, Cynar, Campari, Lillet, Limoncello, or Galliano L’Aperitivo
Aperol, an Italian aperitif or bitter, made using bitter oranges, rhubarb, cinchona and gentian root. Aperol is not as bitter as Campari and more approachable.
Cynar, pronounced chee-nar, is an artichoke liquor made in Italy full of woody vegetal flavors and perfectly refreshing as a spritz
Campari, the famous bright red bitter which was originally colored from the cochineal beetle. Campari is the world’s most famous bitter and found in many cocktails.
Lillet, the sweetheart of Bordeaux in summertime. A French aromatic wine this aperitif is made with both sweet and bitter oranges and Semillon wine.
Limoncello, if you don’t favor the bitter flavors the try and sweet and tangy spritz. Limoncello is traditionally made in Campania Italy from Femminello St. Teresa lemons.
Galliano L’Aperitivo, made from sage, lavender, anise, vanilla, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit, this bitter packs a lot of complex favors.
Explore the flavors of Italy in your favorite onboard bars, lounges and Prego specialty restaurants (aboard Ocean ships). Sip an Aperol Spritz in the place of its origin aboard 2021, 2022 and 2023 voyages exploring Venice with Crystal Esprit, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
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