While visiting my sister in Italy this past fall, she introduced me to the idea of an Apertif, a dry cocktail to be consumed before a meal. The bright and effervescent Aperol Sprtiz is the local favorite in Florence and I think I had one every single night. And now that the weather is warming an Aperol Spritz is the perfect way to greet your friends the moment they walk into your house. Or enjoy solo on a quiet spring afternoon. I love serving this beautiful drink in a coupe glass.
3 oz Prosecco
1.5 oz Aperol
Place a couple ice cubes in a coupe glass. Add the prosecco and aperol. Top with a healthy splash of sparkling water and garish with a 1″ long strip of orange rind. Enjoy immediately.