Well, another summer is in the books, and if you’re anything like me your feelings about it can be summed up in one word. Sigh. No wait, let me rephrase that. SIGH. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of great things to look forward to in a New York City fall–even for those of us not, ahem, obsessed with pumpkin spice. It’s just–I don’t know, there’s something about the summer that makes everything in the city feel slower and more laid back. All those al fresco dinners, margarita happy hours, and other vacation-like activities make it feel like you’re actually on vacation every time you step outside.
Fortunately, it looks like we still have a couple more weeks of summer *weather* left, which means we can live in denial for a little bit longer if we so choose. And as far as I’m concerned, there is no better way to do that than by hunkering down outside with a good old-fashioned Aperol Spritz.
Yes, that’s right. I said Aperol Spritz. Not glass of rose.
For those of you who have never heard of an Aperol Spritz, it’s an Italian aperitif cocktail made primarily of Prosecco and Aperol liqueur, an infusion of bitter and sweet oranges and a number of other herbs. I discovered them a couple months ago when I went to Paris on vacation–they are hugely popular all over Europe–and I have to say, after trying just one myself it became my new favorite summer drink. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect way to beat the heat; and the color–oh, the neon pink color–well, I can’t think of a better hue for lazy summer days.
Of course, the spritz is not nearly as prevalent here in the States, so when I got back from Europe I had to do a little research on where to find them. I’m happy to report that most places do serve them upon request (or at least the places I tend to frequent). If you’re looking for a more authentic Italian experience, though, I highly recommend Da Mikele in Tribeca. Not only do they serve them up right, in large wine glasses, perfectly garnished with an orange slice and a straw–when you look around the place, you actually see other people drinking them. It’s a real culture. While you’re there, consider rounding out the experience by staying for dinner–they’ve got a great selection of pizzas and pastas. The Grandmother’s Pizza in particular will leave you feeling very satisfied.
Cheers to the Aperol Spritz, and (knock on wood) one more week of summer!
Details: Da Mikele is located at 275 Church Street between White and Franklin. 212-925-8800.
P.S. If you’d rather experience the Aperol Spritz on your roof deck or at the nearest park, here is a link to the recipe.
By: Reagan Daly, follow along with her adventures here!