Memorial Day = Summer! = Spritz!!!

Americano Spritz
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! If you’re in New York, I hope you’ve been basking in the heaven-sent sunshine that decided to make a comeback just in time to usher us all into the summer season. While it’s not technically summer, this is the weekend that always kicks things off. And, it also marks the beginning of my months long obsession with the Aperol Spritz. Or “spreetz” as they are called in Venice, Italy. (You have to say that, when ordering, with a super heavy Italian accent, by they way, otherwise it won’t be as fun.) Normally, during this time of year, I’m sampling this traditional Italian aperitif cocktail all over town, and this year is no different, except my obsession is exacerbated by the fact that I’m heading to Italy in a couple of weeks…and I can’t get enough. Aperol Spritzers all day every day! I’m having a hard time NOT telling my bartender/server/person I’m with every time I order one of these that I’m just prepping for when I can get a “real” one in Venice in a couple of weeks. But…I try not to be an asshole when I’m in public, so I’ve been abstaining from commenting at all.

The Americano cocktail (Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Club Soda) is also a delightfully low alcohol, refreshing tipple during the warmer season. But I can never remember to order it. It’s the Aperol Spritz that always comes to mind when I’m craving orange-y, bitter Italian liqueur and bubbles. But, I thought for this Memorial Day post, I’d do a mash-up of an Aperol Spritz and an Americano cocktail. Fun fact: The Americano was the first cocktail ordered by James Bond in the very first book, Casino Royale, and is so named because of its popularity with American tourists during Prohibition. And…is rumored to have been the inspiration behind the Negroni cocktail. Supposedly, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to strengthen his favorite cocktail by adding gin instead of soda water. Dude really wanted to get bit by a fox!

Americano Spritz
3-4 oz Brut Prosecco
2 oz Aperol
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Club Soda

Pour the Aperol and dry vermouth into a large, high ball glass with some ice. Top with prosecco and club soda. Garnish with cherry, lemon wheel or little flag!

Make this drink today or any day this summer. Also, it’s your patriotic duty to watch Little Edie perform her flag dance. Enjoy!

6 Comments on Memorial Day = Summer! = Spritz!!!

  1. mammayes
    May 26, 2014 at 10:48 am (6 years ago)

    Oh! SNAP! That is the cocktail for me. Thanks for sharing…and guess what. I’ve got all the ingredients in my bar. Cheers, Prarie!

  2. Renee
    May 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I thought I might have been the only person on the planet to have seen that movie. Cocktail looks great!

    • Prairie Rose
      May 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

      Ha! Oh, no girl! I know a handful of people OBSESSED with Grey Gardens. There’s def a cult following comprised of mostly gay men, drag queens and other fabulous folks (like us!) đŸ˜‰
      Thanks for reading!

  3. Sara
    May 27, 2014 at 6:45 am (6 years ago)

    That movie always makes me sad and LOL at the same time. Also, that cocktail looks brilliant.

    • Prairie Rose
      May 27, 2014 at 9:04 am (6 years ago)

      I know! It’s so tragic and depressing and beautiful and fantastic all at the same time. It is just a perfect little documentary. The Maysles brothers were pretty brilliant. Let me know if you try the cocktail! Cheers!

  4. Nina Fitton
    June 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Love a good spritz! Are they of Austrian origin…? There’s a restaurant over here in London called Boopshi’s which does schnitzel & spritz fabulously well – highly recommend:

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? restaurant & bar blogger |


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