In Italy, don't call a cocktail a cocktail. It's an aperitivo.

on 04/11/10 at 3:31 pm

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The Vesper Cocktail

Cocktails are a strange proposition in Italy, as I once again experienced last week during a visit there.

Non mi piace il cocktail – I don’t like cocktails – I’ve been told many times by my Italian acquaintances, often during the aperitivo hour while they sip a Spritz, perhaps the most popular drink in the country. It’s a mix of Aperol, club soda and prosecco.

Americans might call a Spritz a cocktail. But Italians can, of course, split the thinnest of hairs over food and drink categories. Okay, so in Italy, Aperol Spritz is not a cocktail. It’s an aperitivo. Va bene.

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