Not me. My locality is having a heatwave. Its hotter than bejesus here and bejesus is very hot indeed so you please enjoy your fall food while I cling to summer just a bit longer. I therefore decree it i "OK" to toss certain seasonal rules aside until it cools down a bit more. If its going to stay 95 degrees outside I think I will continue to wear my white jeans with sandals and sip my favorite summer drink. There will be plenty of time to wear sweaters and make pot roast later. I'm sure my regularly scheduled bourbon obsession will wait.
The extra time will allow me me enjoyment of the apertivo ritual I bringing home from Rome each summer vacation. Apertivo just seems to have more authenticity when its hot outside even if I can sense the days are getting shorter.
A light drink refreshes the spirit and prepares the taste buds for a future dinner which often can be a few hours away. A Campari and soda or a prosecco are considered appertivo classics. The bitter Negroni, while certainly not light has enough bitter to be the exception that proves the rule and it practically defines the genre.
Stuzzichini, or light snacks, are served with the drinks. In our house this means a small dish of stuffed olives and some salty snack such as a small bowl of fancy chips or roasted, salted almonds will do just fine and won't spoil our dinner.
A view of the Roman skyline isn't a requirement but it certainly won't hurt.
- 2 1/2 ounce prosecco
- 1 1/2 ounce Aperol
- splash of soda (optional)
- orange slice for garnish