I remember one trip to Italy a little while ago, arriving in Venice, and seeing Aperol bottles virtually everywhere I went. On café tables, bar shelves, even being recycled by local artists at some postmodern exhibition!
The Aperol bottle is still as classic looking today as it was decades ago, possessing an art deco aesthetic that is as attractive as some of the cocktails it’s become a key ingredient of.
One of those cocktails is the now-famous Aperol Spritz, a simple but delicious concoction of one-and-a-half ounces of Aperol, a splash of sparkling wine and dash of soda.
The cocktail recently enjoyed a renaissance at the Watsons Bay Hotel in Sydney, and so popular has the aperitif proven to be that the brand’s people have the same cocktail magic to Perth, presenting Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions every Sunday night in March at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.
Patrons have been enjoying $8 Aperol Spritz Cocktails while going into the draw to win a trip for two to Italy: home of the Aperol Spritz.
It’s a great drink to enjoy in the last days of a belated Summer, so if you happen to be around Cott this Sunday, do drop in and enjoy a bevvy or three.
RECIPE: THE APEROL SPRITZ
2 to 3 ounces sparkling wine or Prosecco
1 1/2 ounces Aperol
Slice of orange
Fill a wine glass one quarter full with ice cubes. Pour in the sparkling wine (or Prosecco for full Italian effect) and then top with Aperol. Add the soda and stir gently until mixed. Garnish with an orange slice and there you have it!
The Cottesloe Beach Hotel is situated at 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe.
Enquiries on (08) 9383 1100.