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Italian Aperitivo: Going to Italy for the Aperitif!

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While the good days are still here and we are in the middle of the Italian Week in Montreal, we have decided to offer some very Italian suggestions for the Italian Aperitivo and more!

Classic cocktails for the Italian Aperitivo.

You probably all know the Spritz. Made with an Italian Apero, but in addition to the classic Aperol of the Campari family we will propose some others. But let’s start with his story.

The story of Aperol Spritz and the Aperol Classic

The story of this iconic and memorable cocktail is very interesting. In the nineteenth century, the Veneto then occupied by Austrians and Militaries who roam the taverns of Venice in search of a drink reminiscent of beer but find only strong wine of the region. Not being used to it, he decided to lengthen the drink with fresh water “spritzen mit wasser”, literally “sprinkling water”. This method is still used in certain regions such as Trieste in Italy or in Eastern European countries such as Romania, Moldova or Hungary.

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Photo: Aperol


Thus, the Aperol spritz was born from this ingenious invention to add water to this liquor. Venetians modify the recipe by replacing the water with prosecco (sparkling white wine) and Aperol is added to flavor the bitter orange cocktail. At this moment, Aperol Spritz is flourishing in all the bars and cafes in the country. Obviously, we recommend you to consume this cocktail in moderation. Cheers!

The Aperit: Pure Italy.

In addition to the classic Aperol, there are also other alternatives like Aperit:

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Photo: Aperit

This is a bright orange color with a lively character, its distinct flavor is sweet but tart. Aperit is a deliciously refreshing Italian aperitif. Infusions of oranges, herbs and quality roots are mixed with rhubarb, which gives the drink a sweet and balanced bitterness that gives perfect harmony to the senses.

In SAQ: 13455872

Capo Capo, Italian, but with Canadian roots

Want to be a little more local while keeping the Italian side? Capo Capo is a brand new Italian app made by guys from Toronto, but made in Trentino, Italy. The best of both worlds! Distributed by our Ambassador Isaac Delaney of Delaney Wines & Spirits in Quebec!

In SAQ: 13593036

In LCBO: 493221

Italian Aperitivo -Capo Capo Bottle

Photo: Capo Capo

Before the Spritz, a simple recipe, Alta Pianura

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Photo: Capo Capo

A crisp and refreshing drink that balances the intensity of lime with rich agave, subtle cherry notes, botanical depth and a slight bitterness.


  • ¾ oz Capo Capo
  • ¾ oz Ocho Blanco
  • ¾ oz Luxardo Maraschino
  • ¾ oz Lime


  • Combine ingredients into mixing tin.
  • Add good quality ice.
  • Shake hard and strain into your favourite coupe.

How to make the perfect Aperol Spritz for Italian Aperitivo

It’s quite simple, we start with the ice, then we pour the Prosecco, the Aperol and we add a little sparkling water. Decorate with an orange slice. This method of preparation prevents Aperol from settling in the bottom of the glass.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

  • Drop ice cubes into a wineglass
  • Pour Prosceco and your aperitif to match
  • Add a splash of sparkling water

Decorate with an orange slice

But what Proscecco to serve for the Italian Aperitivo?

Italian Aperitivo - Fiol

Photo: Fiol by Lori Waltenbury

We recently had an interview with one of Prosceco Fiol’s founders, Gian Luca Passi, to be published in our autumn magazine, which will be published on September 4th, and on our website exclusively for our subscribers. Want to know more, follow the hashtag #HowDoYouFiol on Instagram.

You are less into Spirits? Peroni is what you need for your Italian Aperitivo!

This delicious Italian beer made its debut in the Canadian landscape just a year ago. You will find it in different restaurants and grocery stores. This week, she is a partner of the Rogers Cup, and this for a 2nd year.

Peroni- Italian Aperitivo


Italian Aperitivo - Peroni- Joiea Sociale

The Italian Aperitivo with Peroni at Joiea Sociale

Learn to cook Italian at Joiea Sociale

While the brand new Joiea Sociale restaurant is the Peroni house in Quebec, it was normal to talk about this brand new Italian landmark in Old Montreal. Then comes the Culinary School. Located at 645 Wellington Street, the restaurant wants to put forward its Italian expertise to weave together with the community.

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Photo: Joiea Sociale

More importantly, Joiea Sociale is where guests can enjoy the Italian Aperitivo, an Italian ritual where people gather for a pre-dinner cocktail while sharing some delicious bites and pleasant discussions in good company. We find the tradition of Italian Aperitivo in all the big cities and all the villages of Italy, and now, in Joiea Sociale also, from there comes the association with Peroni.

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Cooking class at Joiea Sociale

But back to school, through this innovative component, which was officially launched in July, Joiea Sociale offers private cooking classes, directly in their kitchen in the heart of the action to make travel the taste buds of customers across all regions of Italy. These intimate classes (up to 12 people per booking) will be ideal for corporate events or to celebrate your fellow foodie’s birthday – a great way to spend time with friends or even make some new ones ! Each lesson will be guided by the leaders of Joiea Sociale as well as by many other invited chefs. These interactive lessons will allow participants to release the chef who sleeps in them while learning how to make delicious creative dishes, and then enjoy the fruit of their labor by tasting wines and cocktails carefully arranged to their creations.

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Photo: Joiea Sociale

At the end of each session, all participants will leave with a souvenir set of Joiea Sociale, filled with specialized Italian culinary items for use at home, a recipe book based on their course, and countless recollections. engraved in their memory for many years.

There you go! You are well equipped to succeed an Italian Aperitivo tonight!

Cover photo: Joiea Sociale

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