Monday, January 25, 2010
The Venice Spritz: Breakfast of Champions
Since Blushing is otherwise visiting Venice Lido today to recap the dramatic Chanel fashion show at the edge of the Adriatic, a cocktail in honor of Coco: The Venice Spritz.
Regularly consumed at all hours of the day by the natives, the Venice spritz is part of the Venetian lifestyle which takes some conditioning. I once met our import agent in my hotel lobby and he announced in a booming voice, "Let's go get something while we have a little bit of time!" Having been in Venice for a bit by then, I might have suspected it was not an Americano.
I was still trying to lift the haze from the night before when a vendor insisted we drink his homemade grappa. When I tasted the Spritz, which I assumed was some sort of morning juice cocktail, I was so surprised I struggled through laughter to swallow it.
"Eh?!" The agent said. "Like you say about your coffee! Jet fuel!"
6:30 am: Prosecco and Campari. Welcome to Venice.
A handful of Ice
2 fingers Prosecco
A splash of sparkling water
One finger Aperol, Campari, or Cynar
Garnish: Orange or lemon slice or peel and a green olive