Spritz and Aperitif

Spritz garnished with olives

Aperitif in Venice: Spritz

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The typical aperitif drink in Venice is the "Spritz" , made of sparkling water, white wine and, according to your preferences, bitter Campari, Cynar or Aperol.

It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a Martini glass or wine glass) and garnished with a slice of orange, or an olive, depending on the liqueur.

The story tells us that the Austrians used to drink the venetian wine with water, because it was too strong for them, so the Venetians added a bit of liqueur to give it a new taste.
The Austrians called it "Spritz", that means injection.

More recently the Spritz became the traditional drink of the students of Northern Italy and in recent years it has also become extremely popular in Southern Germany (Munich and Stuttgart).

The aperitif-time is from 5 p.m, but many people in Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino, drink spritz in the morning before lunch.
The Spritz is a delicious beverage, but also a little bit strong, so take care when you drink it!

But the real Venetians drink the "Ombra", that literallly means "Shadow"!
If you walk in Venice, you will often hear people say "Andemo bèver unombra" (Let's go drink a "Shadow"). You will see them enter in a bar and order little glasses of wine.

But why call "Shadow" a simple glass of wine?
"Ombra" is a typical Venetian word that has been used for centuries and was born in San Marco Square, which was always a good place to meet.
Venetians and tourists used to stop in this square to relax, drinking a glass of wine.
During the summer the sellers had to maintain the wine fresh, so they used to "follow" the shadow of the bell tower with their stand.
From then the glass of wine in Venice is called "Shadow".

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