When you think of Venice, what immediately comes to mind?
A gondolier navigating his craft?
The Rialto Bridge?
The bustling traffic along the Grand Canal?
St. Mark’s Square, “Europe’s living room”?
Perhaps, all of those pigeons?
The personal images of Venice are endless. Anyone who has ever laid eyes on
La Serenissima leaves with an indelible mark that’s carried within for the rest of time.
And, that is the magic that is Venice.
Just think if we could bottle up all of those images and impressions and uncork them every once in a while to be momentarily whisked back to the “City of Canals.”
Well, believe it or not, you can. Meet (the Venetian Spritz), the preferred lo Spritz Veneziano aperitivo (cocktail) of residents around “the Lagoon,” and now the signature drink of the Bel Paese.
Born out of the common practice of spritzen (German for splashing) — diluting glasses of wine with splashes of water — during the 19th century occupation of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia by the Austrian Empire, lo Spritz Veneziano came to life shortly after World War I when the Barbieri brothers — Luigi and Silvio — created a spirit low in alcohol: . Aperol
They unveiled their fluorescent-orange colored liquor to much fanfare at the 1919 Padova Exhibition. An amaro (bitter), Aperol is an infusion of 30 herbs and roots, orange and rhubarb.
When mixed just right, it’s transformed into a fashion-forward statement that distinctly says
, where the anonymous religiously take their VENEZIA ombra (shade) — the late morning AND late afternoon cocktail break.
So, how do you prep
lo Spritz Veneziano?
Step-1: In a rocks, tumbler or wine glass, drop in the ice cubes
Step-2: Pour in the Prosecco wine
Step-3: Add a dash of sparking or seltzer water
Step-4: Pour in the Aperol
Step-5: Garnish with an orange slice and a green olive
Lo Spritz Veneziano — the sparkling aperitivo that takes you back to Venice after just one sip.
Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog
, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based The Palladian Traveler.com , and is a member of the TravelingBoy.com . Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.” International Travel Writers Alliance