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Summer Spritz Cocktails - Al fresco Style

Summer Spritz Cocktails - Al fresco Style

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Lockdown restrictions are easing and we’re ready to make the most of al fresco dining! 

Enjoying food and drinks outside has always been an Italian tradition. Even though this is popular all over the world, we’re still the experts. Find out how we make the most of summertime in Italy and which drinks we recommend bringing along for the ride!

Al fresco dining - Classic Italian Pasta Kits - Scarpetta Pasta

What does ‘al fresco’ actually mean in Italian?

The phrase ‘al fresco’ is a popular one in the UK, it’s used to describe eating and drinking in the open air. But before any future travels to Italy, remember it can have a slightly different meaning there...

Traditionally, Italians use ‘al fresco’ to mean ‘in the chill’. For example, if they need to keep a particular food chilled, they’ll recommend keeping the cheese ‘al fresco’.

The expression can also literally mean ‘in prison’ in Italian - probably because prisons in the past were pretty cold places. 

If you ask to eat ‘al fresco’ in Italy, we’ll know what you mean! But it’s probably best to learn the correct phrase before you travel. The right way to ask to eat outside is actually, ‘Vorrei mangiare fuori’. Otherwise you may find yourself in the fridge!

Summertime dining in Italy

Dining Al Fresco - Scarpetta Pasta Kits

Dining in the fresh air is common in Italy, especially during the summer months when the weather is favourable. 

The atmosphere is often relaxed and casual with friends and family enjoying nibbles with drinks, known as ‘aperitivo’. This tradition usually takes place around 7pm-9pm and is used to kickstart an appetite before a late dinner. 

The average Italian aperitivo consists of wooden boards piled up with breads such as focaccia, pizza slices, olives, meats, cheeses and fried foods such as arancini. However, in some restaurants, the offering could be as simple as chips, bread and olives. 

The key is to keep things simple. After all, the ritual is there to remind us to take it slow and enjoy the evening without any distractions.

Italian spritz cocktails

The idea of a spritz dates back to the 1800's in Northern Italy where visitors and soldiers from other parts of the empire found Italian wines too strong, so lightened them with a splash (a spritz) of water.

When most people think of spritz cocktails, Aperol probably comes to mind. But there are so many more on offer! The spritz list in Italy is a serious affair and other classic options include Campari, Bicicletta and Venecian. A spritz is a perfect drink to sip on whilst relaxing. Enjoy the flavours, savour the moment and forget about your worries. 

Spritz cocktails at Scarpetta

Scarpetta Blood Orange Spritz Cocktail

It is likely that your favourite bars and restaurants may be fully booked and too busy to visit right now, so we have the perfect solution for you! 

Our cocktails offer the perfect alternative and are ready to drink and enjoy with friends. Whether you’re heading to a BBQ, a picnic or drinks and snacks on the beach. 

We created our spritz cocktails to be unique. We didn’t want to go down the traditional route. Scarpetta is all about trying new things and offering something you can’t find elsewhere!

Our Porn Start Spritz is prosecco based with a tasty passion fruit twist and a hint of vanilla vodka. The perfect summer cocktail! We also created a Blood Orange Spritz which is prosecco based mixed with bergamot gin and zesty blood orange. We recommend serving this one with a slice of orange.

Our spritz kits serve 4 and each come with 2 bottles of prosecco. Everything you need for the perfect al fresco aperitivo. 

Shop our cocktail collection in preparation for your next al fresco dining experience!



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