In Boston, we drank rose in Summer. Heck, we drink rose in Summer pretty much anywhere. That was the taste of Summer evenings for me. A chilled glass of rose.
Then, while traveling across Europe last Summer, I discovered Aperol.
And more importantly, the Aperol Spritz.
A bitter sparkling chilled cocktail I first had while in Berlin. And continued to have at every cocktail hour where it was available.
But finding a bottle of Aperol stateside was not anything I'd considered. In fact, I'd long forgotten about this gorgeous cocktail until a few weeks ago when I was thinking about what would be great to make as a Summer cocktail.
A watermelon beer?
And then I remembered the Aperol Spritz.
So off to discover the wonder that is the local BevMo here in Encinitas. I'd never been in one before, and I was pleased with what I saw when I got inside it. There was so much!
I quickly found my bottle, and also picked up the soda and the Prosecco to complete the recipe.
When I got home, into a shaker everything went...
And then out of the shaker everything went.
It matched my Tom Ford lipstick...
(That's the Flame color.)
The perfect way to wrap up the week, mid-Summer. Though, let's face it... Here in Paradise, "Summer" is mid-70s and sunny... Which is how it is for a large part of the year. So this will always remind me of the European Summer evenings.