Where Were You When the Aperol Spritz Wars Began?

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A contrarian take on every overpriced pool party’s VIP beverage, the Aperol Spritz, published by The New York Times is what the internet fought about on May 9. Because who among us hasn’t been poolside, drinking bubbly yet bitter booze from an absolutely ginormous glass and thought, “I’d call a stranger an idiot defending the honor of this $15 drink.”

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The piece, succinctly titled “The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink,” quickly galvanized everyone who loves social media fighting and alcohol (a predictably huge overlap) to chime in with pushback on author Rebekah Peppler’s assertion that it “drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.”

Peppler both quotes Aperol haters and finds fault with the “terrible quality, sweet prosecco” often used to make the cocktail, which seemed to infuriate admirers of bitter alcohol and cheap hooch in equal measure, as did tips on how to avoid polluting your perfect spritz with “garbage bubbles.”

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Aperol Spritzes are adequate because they transmit alcohol from one’s cup into one’s body, and the internet really was a mistake.

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DISCUSSION

I just spent a week drinking my way through Italy and you cannot escape the Aperol spritz. It’s literally everywhere at all times of the day or night. And it’s fine. I wouldn’t go out of my way and say it’s delicious, but for sitting at a sidewalk table at a cafe, watching people go by? It’s perfect. The best one I had was garnished with a slice of blood orange and a green olive, because why not. And it WORKED!

And in Italy, they are cheap as hell - we paid at most 4 euros for them, but lots of places had them for half that.

So drink what you like and don’t worry what some bitter old nerd at the NYT thinks!