Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Midweek Check-In

Portland, Oregon:  Now that May is here it looks like warm weather might finally be working it's way back to Oregon.  I'm sure I'm not the only one happy to be saying goodbye to the back end of April.  What a head-spinner it's been!  We are going on day 40 of Oregon's stay at home order and I have to admit that I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep myself busy in lock-down.

In my search for stay-at-home entertainment, I recently discovered professional chef and author David Lebovitz's personal blog.  He has been posting some fun looking cocktail recipes in conjunction with the release of his new book Drinking French.  Since I'm not ready to jump on the popular sourdough bread starter bandwagon just yet, it looks like I may have found myself an alternative boredom-buster project.

The first cocktail I decided to try is the Aperol Spritz.  It's a bitter / sweet orange concoction that Parisians like to drink in the summertime.  David says he prefers to make his with Campari to make it more bitter, but I stuck with the original Aperol for this one.  I also used a blood orange flavored Sanpellegrino rather than plain soda water.  It turned out very good - a little bitter, slightly sweet.  I can see this drink becoming a regular on the RV happy hour menu.

Aperol Spritz

2 ounces Aperol
3 ounces Prosecco
a splash of blood orange Sanpellegrino (or other soda water)
orange slices

Fill a glass with ice.  Add Aperol and Prosecco.  Fill the rest of the glass with Sanpellegrino and add an orange slice.  Makes 1 drink.

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