The hot season is here so the opportunity to talk about the famous Spritz. First of all, its origins. As you may already know, the origins of Spritz aren’t completely clear, the most probable “legend” says that Austro-Hungarian soldiers in Venice in the 18th century used to add (in german “spritzen“) sparkling water to the North Italy wines that were too strong for their refined palate. From there, Spritz finally acquired its classic red color, probably as a sign of disproval towards Austrians after the second half of the first world war.
For decades, Spritz was only famous in the Veneto region, but thanks to a very efficient marketing campaign, it became famous firstly in all Italy and then in other places in the world.
What it is, exactly?
Spritz is an aperitif drink, best to be drank before dinner, and it’s made with:
Its red ingredient is variable and depends on your taste. The most popular option is Aperol but I recommend you also try the other choices:
Lastly, where to drink it (in Venice)? There are two popular options, both excellent in my opinion. The first is Campo Santa Margherita, in Dorsoduro. Very easy to reach from Piazzale Roma and the train station (in 10 minutes) and near the beautiful Zattere and Accademia bridge. It’s a popular choice among students, as the local university is near there. The second option is Campo dell’Erbaria, at the feet of Rialto bridge. This is also an excellent location with several bars at your disposal, and it’s not as crowded as you may think despite its location.
If you happen not to be in Venice you can order a 'Spritz' at just about any bar. It's a nice alternative especially on a hot day.
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