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Home Bartending:: Aperol Spritz

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The Aperol Spritz is a classic summer cocktail. It’s refreshing and quintessentially Italian – the perfect drink to whet your appetite before a meal. Let me know if you add it to your classic summer cocktail arsenal. I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for making this delicious drink.

Cin Cin!

Aperol Spritz
serves 1

You will need:
– 3 ounces prosecco
– 2 ounces Aperol
– 1 ounce soda
– 1 orange slice

To prepare:
In a glass filled with ice, pour Aperol and prosecco, and finish off with the soda. Serve in a large wine glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

xx Annette

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4th of July Cocktail:: American Shakerato

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Today I’ve got a fun summer cocktail for you just in time for July 4th, the Americano Shakerato. Shakerato simply means “shaken.” Shaken vigorously. The agitation of drinks forms a desired foam, and this technique is used in many classic drinks to add a little foam. Almost anything can be a shakerato!

Give it a try, or any other recipes from Cocktail Italiano, and let me know what you think!

American Shakerato
serves 1

You will need:

1.5 ounces sweet vermouth
1.5 ounces campari
– 1 orange peel

To prepare:

Chill a martini glass with ice, then discard the ice.

Place the vermouth and Campari into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

xx Annette

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The Negroni Sbagliato

I am always asked what my favorite cocktail is, and without hesitation, I say the classic Negroni or the Negroni Sbagliato from Bar Basso, they make it best.

I am a Campari girl and always will be. Since we cannot get to Italy anytime soon, do yourself a favor and make one of these cocktails at home. Sit on the terrace or patio or porch, listen to some Italian hits on spotify and create your own apero-o-clock at home.

Negroni Sbagliato – Bar Basso
serves 1

You will need:
– 1 ounce sweet vermouth
– 1 ounce Campari
– 1 ounce lightly sparkling wine
– Orange slice

To prepare:

Combine vermouth and Campari in an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine and garnish.

Photo credit: Moi

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Watermelon Spritzer:: THE drink of the season

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Watermelon is ripe and ready this time of year which means it’s time for Keith Robinson’s delicious batched cocktail recipe, the watermelon spritzer. It’s perfect for spring and summer. Try it this weekend, and let me know what you think. Remember: you can always cut it down for a smaller, more COVID-19 appropriate group. Or just make the entire batch for a weekend of refreshments.

Watermelon Spritzer
Serves 12

You will need:
– 6 cups watermelon juice
– 1 cups fresh lime juice
– 1 cups mint simple syrup
– 1 bottle white Bordeaux or white burgundy wine
– 1/2 bottle club soda
– Fresh mint, lime slices as garnish

To prepare:
In a pitcher combine all the ingredients and ice and stir. To serve add fresh mint and slice of lime as garnish to each glass.

Photo: The Raftermen

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AJS Team in Quarantine:: Web-Manager, Nicole

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Hi Everyone!

I’m Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend. As Annette mentioned earlier this week, we are running a series of posts checking-in on the team to see how everyone is handling shelter in place, and I’m up next.

Beyond helping Annette with her web-happenings, I am a freelance journalist which means that I am used to working from home. In fact, I’ve been working from home for six years next month! That means that my day-to-day work hasn’t changed too drastically which I think has really helped my mental state. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m finding that the smallest things absolutely exhaust me, and the tiniest bumps in my day can send me spiraling.

Because of that, I’ve implemented a few quarantine practices to help keep things positive:

A wardrobe of “workday” pajamas. Yes, I wear pajamas for working, and yes, I change into “regular” pajamas for bed. I like to say I’m channeling my inner Patricia Altschul/Betty Draper. For total transparency, I *did* start this routine after falling while walking my dog and not being able to wear anything tight on my knees for two weeks, but I very quickly realized it was a good system.

Quarantine earrings. I am a statement earring wearer, so I am wearing fun earrings once a week or so and documenting it on Instagram.

Needlepointing. I have been needlepointing for the past few years, and I honestly have no idea what I would be doing if I did not have that hobby right now. It keeps me busy with my hands; it keeps me off of my computer/phone, and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment every time I complete a project. If you are looking to learn, check out this post about getting started!

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Herb gardening. Okay, so maybe I am just an herb planter because I potted full-grown herbs but STILL. Planting a variety of herbs has given me something to watch grow and take care of. It’s also inspired tons of herbaceous cocktails. Below, I’m sharing one of my current favorite recipes:

The Windsor Garden
by Empress Gin, modified by me
serves 1

You will need:
– 3-4 fresh mint leaves
– 3-4 fresh basil leaves + 1 for garnish
– 1 hearty rosemary stem
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1/2 oz simple syrup
– 1 oz of Empress gin (or other gin of your choice)

To prepare:
Remove herbs from stems and muddle well in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and plenty of ice. Shake well for 30 seconds. Pour into a small martini or coupe glass, garnish with remaining basil, and enjoy.

Overall, I’ve been grateful for the excuse to slow down. Of course, I’d love to be working from my favorite coffee shops, eating at restaurants and going on now-canceled vacations, but all things considering, I am weathering this storm just fine. Better than fine, actually. My friends and family are safe and healthy, and that’s truly all that matters.

 

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