Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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.

Aperol Spritz:

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

3 comments:

BJK said...

that sounds refreshing. i wish i had a porch, but i can put my lawn chair in my little garden out front, i guess...

you know, i don't think i've ever had campari!

remember our old bar in ithaca?! i mean, it was mostly yours, but...

oh, and that hazelnut rogue beer you got me is really good. have you had it?

N. Brown said...

No, I haven't tried it yet, but I found out about this brewery called the Southern Tier Brewing Co., and they make all kinds of botique beers that look kind of like the Rouge stuff. Plus, I mean, it's from the Southern Tier, which makes me all nostalgic for upstate NY.

t.a.b. said...

What bar, what bar? The one in your house? That was an excellent bar. Let's open a bar! Nothing but Aperol!