I have been trying to put pen to paper so to say for the past couple of weeks as I reflect on 2011.  I want to wrap it up tightly and say good-bye but not sure how to begin.  The words seem to be on the tip of my tongue, but I cannot seem to get them onto this screen for the life of me.  Instead, I am going to whip up an Aperol Champagne Cocktail, which has become my go-to holiday cocktail, pick up my camera, and relish in the past year.  


Here I am sharing the last post of 2011 with you all.  Something slightly sweet, and slightly tart.  Festive and bubbly.  Worth making and toasting a new year with the ones you love.

We spent most of this month drinking bottles of champagne as well as these luscious Aperol cocktails. Aperol, are you familiar with it?  Here is a little history on what is a favorite around our house.  Aperol is an Italian aperitif that was created in 1919 by the Barbieri brothers in Padova, Italy.  It is known for its signature orange color and bittersweet taste.  I love bitter and how the tang of Aperol lingers on the back of my tongue.

The recipe for Aperol has not changed since the early days;  it is still made with a select list of ingredients including sweet and bitter oranges as well as other herbs and roots.  As well it is still a secret recipe!  I love that!  In the early days, it was being marketed as a liqueur for folks interested in keeping lean and fit thanks to the low alcohol content.  Today it is a classic aperitif that is enjoyed by many, including us.


We usually enjoy Aperol on ice with a wedge or twist of orange, while cooking dinner on a hot summer day.  During the winter months or the holidays we like to add it to glass of champagne to create a little sparkle.  The champagne adds a nice sweetness to the bitterness, and the bubbles were just fun.  It kind of reminded us of a bubbly Negroni.  

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

We wish each of you a safe New Years’ Eve and a New Year filled with Joy!

Denise & Lenny


Aperol Champagne Cocktail

** makes one cocktail


1 oz Aperol


lime swirl, for garnish

How To:

In a champagne glass add the Aperol.

Top off with champagne.

Garnish with a lime swirl.



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