Reconstituted VERgin (Botanical alternative to the Aperol Spritz)
The Reconstituted VERgin is a lovely multi-layered spritz with notes of herbs, spices, seeds, bark, mint, and the sparkle of Prosecco. Bubbles and Botanicals make this cocktail mysterious and complex – like my love life.
It’s a little-known FACT….TRUTH…. OK, ABSTRACT CONCEPT, that if you haven’t had sex in 6 months, you are a virgin all over again, and there is conjecture that this magical and earthy elixir may pave the way! And if it doesn’t, well it is still absolutely delicious and fresh.
Move over Aperol Spritz- the Reconstituted VERgin has a lot more moxie, and she is coming for you!
- 3.5 oz Prosecco
- 1 oz Ver Liqueur
- 1.5 oz Aha Watermelon-lime sparkling water
- 1 tsp Agave
- 1 Rosemary Spike
- 1 Small chunk Granny Smith Apple
- Mix all ingredients and stir until agave has dissolved.
More on the Spritz
The spritz originates from the Veneto region of Italy, where Prosecco comes from. In the 1800s Austrians began diluting Italian wines with a splash or spray of soda water to make the wine lighter and more to their liking. The spritz cocktail grew in popularity. Aperol has been around since 1919, but didn’t become a global phenomenon until a 1990s campaign that virtually relaunched the orange liqueur. The cocktail gained more notoriety when Rebekah Peppler, of the New York Times said, ‘The Aperol Spritz is not a good drink.’ She went further to call it a “Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.” The piece spurred a passionate reaction. The internet was outraged by her Spritz takedown. Maybe, in this case, any press really is good press, because it has since found a large following.
Italians especially love the cocktail during the pre-dinner Apertivo hour.
The Reconstituted VERgin is not sweet and fruity. It is best described as well-balanced, earthy, and refreshing.
VER is an interesting Liqueur from a Eugene, Oregon Distillery:
An earthy spritz cocktail is really nice with small plates. Here are some of our favorite small plates to enjoy with your new favorite, the Reconstituted Vergin:
Whip It Good http://cusskitchen.com/whip-it-good
Mother Shuckers http://cusskitchen.com/mother-shuckers