Aperol Spritz

What better place to celebrate turning 40 than in Rome with old friends from Australia?

Recently we ran away for a little break (kids at the grandparents place…) to spend a few nights wandering around the streets of Rome. For the trip I took my travelling camera, a Sony a7ii, and a couple of Zeiss lenses.

I was on a mission to get some good food shots, and hunt out some authentic pizza – what really took me by surprise was the joy to be found in a glass of Aperol Spritz. I love Campari, but had not before tried Aperol – enjoyed as a spritz it is a light and refreshing drink that is the perfect to throw down in a sunny piazza whilst doing some serious people watching.

Aperol was launched in 1919 at the Padua International Fair, created by the Barbieri brothers, and has since been acquired by Gruppo Campari, and the recipe for the Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3, 2 , 1.

Take a very big glass jug and add 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda water. Add plenty of ice and stir. Serve with a slice of orange.

Another lovely thing we enjoyed in Rome was the happy hour at around sunset – you bought a drink (no points for guessing what), and along side your refreshing beverage arrived a generous selection of tasty treats from the buffet, a little bit like Pinchos, and a great way to start an evening of eating, and cheap at around 8 euros.