Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You're the Spritz + Some Venice Photos

I'm back from my long weekend away in Venice, happy to see my four goldies and P-Daddy.

{leaving the airport, Venice larsons}
We had a great time and Venice is beautiful, no surprises there.

{Canals, Venice larsons}

I'll tell you more about it on Friday but I wanted to share some photos, plus a recipe for the cocktail in Venice.

{Besties and Spritz}

It's called a 'spritz aperol' and is made with an orange flavored Italian aperitif called 'Aperol', a splash of Prosecco and some club soda, garnished with an orange slice and green olive and served over ice.

{Rialto Bridge, Venice with romantic Brits larsons}

It is fizzily refreshing and go to your head easy to drink.

{Canal Giudecca, Venice larsons}

They make a few varieties of spritz, some with bitters or Campari instead of Aperol, but we decided we liked the slightly sweeter Aperol version the best.
{, image credit}

Here's how you make one if  you'd like to try one for yourself.
Preferably on a sunny terrace with two of your best friends. Chin, chin.

{Grande Canal, Venice larsons}

You're the Spritz, Aperol
recipe adapted from

3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 splash of club soda
chunky ice
half a slice of orange
one briney green olive

Fill a short tumbler or old fashioned glass with ice. Pour in the Prosecco or other sparkling white wine to a count of three.
Then pour in the Aperol aperitif to the count of two.
Add a splash of club soda or sparkling water.
Garnish with an orange slice and green olive, preferably on a long stick.

Makes one cocktail. But you could make a big, icy, refreshing pitcher just as easily, altering your pour time accordingly.

{gondolas in Venice}


  1. I love love Venice. My mil is originally from near there...on the mainland. And my youngest can probably say she's from there too :)

  2. An olive in a fruity-ish cocktail... hmm, kinda weird?

  3. That drink sounds good to me, especially if I can find Aperol to make it at home (not that obvious, here in my corner of American suburbia...) Mind you, I think any drink would sound great if I could sit at a table somewhere in Venice, especially with that weather. Lucky girl. Glad you had fun. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  4. Hooray! Looks like you had a fabulous time. Friends of ours went last year and couldn't stop raving about the powers of the Spritz--they brought back the mixings for us to try and oooh, that is too good to be true!

  5. Yes! I've made these before, sans olive. I have that same bottle of Aperol pictured above. They are truly tasty!

  6. Yummy! We enjoyed these on our trip there in '03. Like you we preferred the Aperol to the Campari as well. The pics look great, so glad you had a fun time and looking forward to hearing more!

  7. Sure looks good.....Can't beat sunshine, friends, and drinks in Venice!

  8. That sounds so delicious and thirst quenching. But I'm super curious about the olive mixed with the orange x

  9. I'm glad you shared the recipe but now I want to be in Venice with a spritz aperol in hand!


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