As the celebrations to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee approach, not to mention those famous summertime events such as Wimbledon and The Open Championship, supplemented this year by the Olympics of course – supermarkets everywhere are stocking up on supplies of Pimms, that quintessentially British summertime tipple.
Now we are all for being patriotic, but if Pimms is not your particular cup of tea – or maybe you would just like to ring the changes this year – then we have a suggestion that might just suit you - Aperol.
Aperol is a northern Italian drink, similar in some respects to Campari. It has a bitter flavour, redolent of citrus fruit, especially oranges. It can be drunk neat over ice, but it is most often enjoyed as a long drink with lots of ice and soda. However, although this is pleasant enough, in our view the best way to appreciate this fantastic drink is as part of an Aperol spritz.
The drink is made up of equal measures of Aperol and Prosecco, poured over plenty of ice. Use a large wine glass and add a slice of orange just to compliment the bitter tang. Stir the mixture once or twice to make sure it’s fully mixed and you are good to go. In our view there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day.