The Aperol Spritz Made Even Better
- Rip & Tan: What are the fundamentals of a well-stocked liquor cabinet?
- Talmadge Lowe: One should start with the basics: Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum, Bourbon, and Scotch. You’ll want to get dry and sweet vermouth, triple sec, Aperol or Campari, and Angostura Bitters. Fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice at the ready and some homemade simple syrup and you’ll have a dozen great cocktails at your fingertips!
- Rip & Tan: What are they key ingredients to a refreshing cocktail?
- Talmadge Lowe: Quality ingredients and a little skill in putting them together. It not nearly as difficult as it may seem. I teach a workshop – The Five Essential Cocktails – and the attendees are always so surprised at how straightforward it is, with a little coaching.
- Rip & Tan: Where did the Aperol spritz come from? What made it so popular?
Talmadge Lowe: That’s a great question with a book-length, historical answer but, to greatly over-simplify: it comes from the Italian Spritz Culture, similar in ways, to a kind of Happy Hour. Spritzes are easy going drinks, light on alcohol, meant to offer some refreshment and relaxation in the sun.
The Sunset Spritz is meant to evoke LA with its rich honey, bright apricot, fragrant peach bitters and dry sparkling wine. Like traffic, it will force you to slow down and, maybe, enjoy the ride.
- The Sunset Spritz
The Sunset Spritz
- 1/4 oz 7 g honey
- 2 oz 57 g Apricot Liqueur
- 3 1/2 oz 99 g Sparkling Wine
-Add the honey and liqueur to a large wine glass and stir quickly.
-Add the sparkling wine and stir again.
-Add 3 dashes of peach bitters.
-Add ice and lemon garnish.