Aperol Spritz – Pour yourself a glass and relax! This cocktail made with Prosecco, Aperol, and club soda is the simplest way to embrace the good life, Italian style and is inspired by The Sweetness of Doing Nothing by Sophie Minchilli.
When was the last time you slowed down to enjoy life?
I have to confess, for me, it’s been a while. I find it difficult to unplug, which seems to be the case for many entrepreneurs, requiring more effort than a simple weekend getaway.
The truth is, I find the most relaxation when I travel, especially abroad, when there are places to explore, cultures to absorb, food to savor…and limited access to the internet. But we can’t always afford to hop on a plane when we need to relax, so I’ve been more intentional about finding ways to savor the good life, closer to home, every day.
Last summer, I had the most lovely chat with Sophie Minchilli on the podcast, where we chatted about her book, The Sweetness of Doing Nothing: Living Life the Italian Way with Dolce Far Niente. It was a much needed reminder that we can incorporate the beloved Italian philosophy of “dolce far niente” in our own lives, no matter where we live!
For me, it might mean pouring myself an aperol spritz, cozying up with a book, and enjoying some fresh air after dinner. Sometimes it means a quiet walk at golden hour. Or playing the piano. Or recently, teaching myself to crochet. I may not be in Italy, the spirit of loving the small, sweet things in life is worth toasting.
How to Make an Aperol Spritz
Originally from Venice, the Aperol Spritz can now be found all throughout Italy. The ingredients are as simple as life should be: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda water. Simply pour the ingredients in a wine glass over ice, stir, and sip! If you wish, you can garnish with with fresh citrus slices.
Listen to the Podcast with Sophie Minchilli
For more pasta and Italian-inspired recipes, check out my interview with Sophie Minchilli in Episode 45 of the Kitchen Confidante Podcast!
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- 75 ml Prosecco (2.5 ounces)
- 50 ml Aperol (1.7 ounces)
- 25 ml Soda water (aka club soda or sparkling water) (a dash)
- 2 Slices orange optional
- Fill a wine glass with ice. Pour in the Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water, in that order. If you like, garnish with orange slices (optional). Enjoy!