This warmer weather is awakening my longing for Venice.
One sip of this cocktail and I am instantly transported to the crooked sidewalk of an unassuming bàcaro on a tiny canal in Dorsoduro. I lean into a waist high cement wall that has been supporting Venetians and tourists alike for centuries. I’ve got a plastic plate full of chicchetti (Venetian small bites) in one hand and a spritz in the other. My kids run back and forth over a tiny footbridge as my sunkissed husband bites into a baccalà mantecato, sips his cocktail and emits a low hungry growl of satisfaction usually reserved for the bedroom. I’m not jealous. I know exactly where he’s at.
If you’ve never had a spritz, it’s a little bit like a mimosa with more bite. Like if you took a mimosa and gave it some black liquid eyeliner and a short black dress. Like My Fair Lady! Starring Sophia Loren.
I’ve been to restaurants here in NYC that try to put their own spin on this drink. They were good. But they weren’t a spritz. In my opinion, the traditional way is by far the best. It’s a time-honored classic. Why mess with that?
These cocktails would make a great addition to your Mother’s Day brunch, but only if you want your guests to linger well into dinner time.
What’s your favorite classic cocktail? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
- 2 parts Aperol
- 3 parts prosecco
- 1 orange slice
- 1 spritz of soda water
- Pour the Aperol over some ice in a large balloon glass. A red wine glass works, too.
- Add the prosecco.
- Add the orange slice.
- Finish with the spritz of soda water.
Note: All pictures of Venice were taken with my iPhone. I only recently started learning how to use a real camera.