If you’re feeling like you could really use a vacation, you’re not alone. That 9 to 5 grind can make sometimes seriously make us consider quitting our job, packing our belongings, and booking a one-way ticket to the South of France. But before you call your travel agent, there is a cheaper alternative to traveling the world: you could try bringing the world to you instead. Here are a couple of cocktails from around the world that will quench that wanderlust craving.
Italy: Aperol Spritz
It might seem like this neon-colored drink is only gaining popularity in recent years, but actually, Venetians have been mixing Aperol Spritz cocktails for decades. After the Napoleonic wars, during the period when Austria-Hungary was occupying Northern Italy, the German ‘spritz’ drink was introduced to the Veneto region, by adding splashes of water to Italian wine. In 1919, Aperol was invented and soon became the signature liquor in a Spritz cocktail. Today, the sweet, bubbly drink is made by starting with a base liquor like Aperol or Campari, adding prosecco or white wine, and finishing it off with some sparkling water.
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If you’re going to a chic summer garden party, chances are that a pitcher or two of sangria will be served to party guests. The earliest record of this type of mixed drink can be traced back to ancient Roman civilizations where wine was mixed with sugar and various spices. Today, the deep red drink is most commonly attributed to Spain. This is due to the fact that Romans occupied the land in 200BC, importing vines and planting vineyards. Turns out the Spanish soil was perfect for growing grapes, and thus, a wine industry was born. These days, Sangria is typically made with red wine, brandy, spices, and fruit.