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Chill Out - Aperol Spritz
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July 6, 2018
Category: DT Advantage Summer 2018

Chill Out!

There’s nothing better than a cool drink on a patio on a hot summer day.

Katherine Hoy has put together a list of libations to help you beat the heat. You can make them yourself or order them while you’re out enjoying all the great patios in Downtown YEG.

 

Aperol Spritz


The Aperol Spritz is THE drink of summer 2018. Aperol is an Italian aperitif made with oranges, rhubarb, and herbs. It’s similar to Campari but a little sweeter and smoother. It has a low alcohol content of 11%, making it perfect for sipping on hot, sunny afternoons.
The Aperol Spritz has been popular in Europe for years, but is having its “moment” this summer, thanks to its popularity with North American food writers and bloggers. It’s delicious, and so easy to make: A simple 3-2-1 ratio of prosecco, Aperol, and soda water.

Ingredients
3 parts prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part soda water
Slice of orange for garnish
Build in a tall glass over ice.
Stir and enjoy!

 

White Wine Sangria


Sangria is the perfect drink for a summer party. Prepare it a day or two in advance. Stick it in the fridge and forget about it until your guests arrive. This recipe calls for white wine, but any type of wine mixed with your favourite fruit/juices will do. Don’t forget the brandy and triple sec! They make all the difference!

750 ml bottle Riesling or any crisp white wine
1/4 cup of brandy
1/4 cup of triple sec or Cointreau
1/4 cup of simple syrup (1/2 cup each of water and sugar, simmered until the sugar dissolves)
2 cups of peach or pear nectar
3 cups of your favourite fruit, thinly sliced (peaches, pears, strawberries, limes, oranges)
Mix all ingredients in a large container. Cover and set in the fridge for at least one day so flavours can meld. Serve over ice. If you prefer a bubbly drink, add a little soda water to taste.

 

Mock-tails


Something for kids, or for those who simply don’t care to imbibe.

Virgin Moscow Mule
8 oz of Ginger Beer (The Grace brand is the spiciest, and our favourite!)
A splash of Roses’ Lime Cordial,
to taste
A couple of squeezes of fresh lime
Build over ice in a tall glass or a traditional copper mug.
Mum’s Collins


My Dad use to serve this in his restaurant way back in the 70’s. A colourful, tasty treat, just for the kids!

4 oz of orange juice
4 oz of 7-up or ginger ale
A splash of grenadine syrup
Build in a tall glass over ice. Top with a slice of orange, a maraschino cherry, and the most important addition,
an umbrella!

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