Great cocktails: the history of Spritz


Great cocktails: the history of Spritz

From Veneto the Spritz has conquered all of Italy: we tell you about its origins, the regional variants and we follow its evolution.

He started from Veneto to conquer the world: Spritz , which in Goldoni’s language is also called Spriss , Spriz or Sprisseto , boasts ancient origins. There are those who think that the first blends of wine and water date back to the Romans or the Middle Ages. Another legend has it that it was the soldiers and diplomats of the Habsburg Empire during the period of domination in the Veneto who asked the tavern to stretch the local wines, finding the alcohol content too high for their tastes. So they exclaimed “ Spritzen! ”And the innkeeper added water or bitters according to preference.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century with the spread of seltzer siphons, the Spritz that we are used to knowing begins to take on its physiognomy. However, it was at the turn of the twenties and thirties of the last century that the habit of using Aperol in preparation began to spread between Padua and Venice. In the 1950s , the spread of the recipe for Aperol Spritz was decisive for the popularity of the cocktail on an international scale . Ten years later, TV is also introduced: Carosello arrives with the famous spot starring the actor Tino Buazzelli whose colorful exclamation “ Ah Aperol! ”Makes the drink a myth.

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Since the seventies, Aperol Spritz conquers its own space in the bars of Venice, the characteristic bàcari that are still faithful guardians of a Venetian way of life . In these traditional places, no one gives up the pleasure of a cicheto , that is, a small taste before lunch or dinner. The popularity of the drink reaches its peak in 2003 with the acquisition by the Campari group : Aperol Spritz conquers an even more international allure and a couple of years later thanks to a successful advertising campaign the phenomenon ” Happy Spritz ” spreads. , Happy Aperol! 

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Fundamental in the history of the cocktail is the year 2011 . A product has been launched on the market that contributes to making the cocktail affordable for everyone, even at home: it is the Aperol Spritz in the pre-mixed version. Thus the consumer can have all the taste of a perfect Aperol Spritz directly at home: just add ice and a slice of orange and the aperitif is served. In 2011, the consecration by IBA, the International Bartender Association, which officially recognizes the Venetian Spritz prepared with Aperol and places it in the elite of the most known official drinks served by bartenders in the world. The official recipesays that for a perfect drink you need to fill a wine glass with ice, pour 3 parts of Prosecco Doc and then add 2 parts of Aperol in order to obtain a better mixing and a bright orange color. Then just complete the preparation with a part of soda and finally garnish with an orange slice. Aperol Spritz is perfect as an accompaniment to food, from the simplest to the gourmet preparations; in Venice the classic combinations found in traditional Bàcari are sardines in sàor , creamed cod , meatballs and vovetto (half hard-boiled egg finished with salted anchovies).

CURIOSITY

For those who love curiosities, it is impossible not to remember the debut on the big screen of Aperol Spritz: in the film Meet your parents , Robert De Niro sips a glass in the characteristic orange color.


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