Summer Bevs for Cool Moms

Summer Bevs for Cool Moms

I don't have a sweet tooth.

I'm into salty, vinegary flavors, which are best paired with my other favorite flavor... beer.  It's just that sometimes a mom wants to feel classy and order a cocktail.  I've never made good cocktail choices- everything is too sweet.  And I can't just order straight liquor.  I'm too much of a wimp for whiskey, vodka and gin taste like college hangovers, and tequila gives me a rumbly tumbly.  My main man, Jimbo, is always making new concoctions and waiting for a breakthrough.  Boy, oh, boy did he hit the jackpot last week, with an Aperol Spritz.  Oh I know some of you supercool moms will say, "That's so two years ago."  And you're actually right... my "research" shows that these were all the rage in 2014.  I think I even maybe had one... or two... back then but, a mom forgets these things when she's pregnant and nursing and wiping butts all day.  So, here's a reminder!  Drink this.  It's good.  

Aperol Spritz- Recipe from Food 52

Serves 1 (YAS!  And blast this, whilst you celebrate your hot bod for getting you thru the day)

  • A few large cubes of ice
  • 1 1/2ounces Aperol
  • Prosecco (I usually grab a bottle between $10 and $15) (white wine and La Croix works too)
  • Orange wedge or twist, for garnish
  1. Pour your Aperol over ice in a large wine glass, tumbler, or whatever vessel you like. (Mason jar? Sure.) Top with Prosecco, about 3 ounces, or until the mixture is a color that makes you happy.
  2. Garnish with orange, and serve. Be sure to have extra orange slices on hand -- you're going to want a second.

Ok so a little background on this cool drank.  Aperol is the creation of the people who brought us Campari.  Both are considered "bitters."

Aperol is an Italian aperitif based on the flavours of bitter orange, rhubarb, vanilla and various herbs. (There are, apparently, more than 30 ingredients in all.)

It was created by the Barbieri brothers in Padua as a ‘tonic for active men’ and was then bought by the Campari company. Indeed, the two drinks are quite similar, though Aperol is less bitter, so easier to drink, with an alcohol content of 11 per cent — around half that of Campari.
— Daily Mail, 2014

What about an "active mom"?  A mom who "actively" heals herself with a nightly drink?  Let's reclaim this "tonic" for our world-weary selves, moms!  

Maybe mixing up a cocktail is too much for your evening wind-down.  If you need things to be simple and you're into this bitter flavor thing... 

How to Move Beyond Aperol Spritz
Once your palate has warmed up to bitters and you’ve started to acquire a taste for them, Karraker suggests, “Try sipping a digestivo, or enjoying an aperitivo with just soda.”
— Vogue, 2016
 Some apertifs and digestifs to try.  

Some apertifs and digestifs to try.  

Or just maybe go full bore and do as Argentinian moms do: spike your litre (cause, the metric system) of Coke with a whole bunch of Fernet and chug.  

 Coke + Fernet = Cool Mom Bev

Coke + Fernet = Cool Mom Bev

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