Things to Read, Drinks to Drink
Aperol is a popular Italian aperitivo that was created in 1919 by the Barbieri company, in Padua (about 50 miles due west of Venice). A proprietary blend of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona (among other exotic ingredients), Aperol is now owned and produced by the Campari company. Aperol and Campari are actually similar in flavor, though Aperol is not nearly as bitter as its famous red cousin.
On a hot summer day in Venice, the Aperol Spritz can be seen on cafe tables in just about every square. We recommend whipping up a Spritz and heading to a porch, balcony, or other outdoor space with a good short story on hand.
2 oz. Aperol
2 oz. White Wine
Top with soda water
Garnish with an olive and an orange slice
A selection of some wonderful short stories to read while enjoying your Spritz:
"Lights" by Peter Rock
"Oxygen" by Ron Carlson
"Wake" by Kevin A. González
"Nadia" by Judy Budnitz