This cocktail, which I drank almost every afternoon after school, is ubiquitous in the Veneto region and a Venetian staple. It’s more like a designated part of the day than a drink (I would often hear “It’s spritz time!” around 4pm).
Italians drink it like iced tea, because it is as refreshing and reviving. You can make it as strong or weak as you like, and you can use Aperol or Campari depending on your taste. I used Aperol because it is slightly sweeter, but both give it a beautiful bright orange color. Don’t forget a slice of Meyer lemon, orange, or even an olive as a garnish.
Adapted from many combinations I tried in the Veneto
One part Prosecco or dry white wine, chilled
One part Aperol, Campari, or other bitter aperitif
One part sparkling water
Slice of citrus, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a glass or tumbler over ice and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of citrus, and enjoy.