No one does a cocktail hour quite like the Italians. Aperitivo culture is Italy is something that fascinates me. It is a daily ritual and is less about the cocktails and more about the time of day with friends and family. Signifying the end of the workday. Food and drink go hand in hand in Italy, unlike American happy hours, Italians charge more during this time because every cocktail or their clever non-alcoholic options are all served with a snack. Count me in for an aperitivo any day of the week. I love a bitter and effervescent cocktail and I'll take it anyway it's served, up, on the rocks or tall. This is the perfect drink for a languid summer evening. 

makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 fl oz bitter aperitif (Campari, Aperol, Contratto or Aecorn for NA)
  • soda water
  • orange slices
  • green olive


Pour the bitter aperitif over ice in a rocks or wine glass, squeeze just a touch of orange juice in the glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and a green olive.