Dining & Wine

Celebrate National Aperitif Day With A Trending Brunch Board & A Spritz

May 17, 2023

Are you dreaming of a taste of Italy? To celebrate National Aperitif Day on May 18, Aperol Spritz is coming to an occasion Canadians love: brunch! In Italy, an aperitivo (or aperitif) is a pre-meal drink that’s meant to stimulate the appetite. And nothing tastes more Italian than the iconic orange aperitivo cocktail, Aperol Spritz. Aperol has partnered with Afrim Pristine, owner and cheese master at Cheese Boutique, to teach Canadians how they can make their very own aperitivo brunch board, a custom spread of brunch finger foods that pair perfectly with an Aperol Spritz. Enjoy! —Vita Daily

Board 1: “The Big Italiano”

Drink pairing: Aperol Spritz

  • 3-year-aged Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 6-month-aged Tuscan Pecorino
  • Moliterno with Truffle Cheese
  • 2-year-aged Piave Cheese
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Bresaola Cured Beef
  • Spicy Spianata Salami
  • Green Cerignola Olives
  • Taralli
  • Flatbread
  • Fig jam

Board 2: “The Cheesy One”

Drink pairing: Aperol Spritz

  • Pizzette-Mini Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza
  • Ham and Cheese Frittata
  • Spinach and Feta Danish
  • Soppressata and Parmigiano Panini
  • Tomato Focaccia
  • Grissini/Prosciutto/Melon

Board 3: “The Sweetest Bomba”

Drink pairing: Aperol Spritz

  • Nutella Bomba
  • Sfogliatella
  • NeopolitanPastry
  • 2 Biscotti
  • Apricot Danish
  • Butter Tart
  • Pistachio cupcake
  • Chocolate croissant
  • Italian Chocolate Bar
  • Fresh Fruit

Of course, all three are paired with an Aperol Spritz, here is the recipe:

Aperol Spritz Recipe (3-2-1):

In a stemmed wine glass filled with ice, pour 3 parts (oz) Prosecco, followed by 2 parts (oz) Aperol and a splash of soda water. Gently stir to combine, garnish with an orange slice and serve!



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