Dailey Blend is best known for bringing you forward thinking music and DJ sets from artists from around the world. In addition to music, we love to eat and more importantly drink. From wine and beer to carefully created cocktails, we love it all. Whether you’re able to make the trek to your favorite watering hole or simply looking to relive an unforgettable evening at your own humble abode. From time-to-time Dailey Blend will bring you our spin on classic cocktails with our own unique twists.
COCKTAILS—AND HOW TO MAKE EACH THE DAILEY BLEND WAY
I grew up watching cooking shows and food network. From Julia Childs and Emeril Lagasse to Giada de Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. While I am not a fan of the Food Network anymore, favoring the less scripted web format shows coming out of Vice and Youtube at large. A chef who has my attention is Mario Batali. You might read that name and pass for a second. I bet you thought I was going to name drop someone like Eddie Wang or Action Bronson. While I love each of their respective programs and watch each show in an almost religious fashion. Mario Batali has caught my attention of late. For me, he is a combination of what a spectacular chef should be, knowledgeable and skilled in all things culinary while at the same time he has a relatability to both his guest and the camera that I think most of the modern day TV chefs are missing. That and I get the sense he is a fun guy who likes to have a drink now and then, which is my cup of tea.
Alright now, let’s talk about why Mario Batali is the topic of focus for an Adult Beverage post. If you have watched any of his latest Vice Videos, you will notice that he often shares with his guest this orange looking drink to kick things off. I had no clue what this drink was, so when in NYC I made sure I stopped by his Eataly property to get to the bottom of what this mysterious concoction could be.
Thankfully enough, the bar area at the downtown location always has a warm and friendly staff and they, of course, knew exactly what I was seeking. Turns out the drink I was after is classified as an aperitivo, or aperitif—a pre-dinner cocktail that’s usually light on alcohol and refreshing. The aperitivo is meant to stimulate the appetite but not weigh down the palate. In this case the drink I was after was an Aperol Spritz, a combination of sparkling wine with a splash of Aperol (a bitter liquer) and club soda, usually garnished with an orange.
The official Aperol Spritz recipe calls for 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and a splash of club soda with an orange garnish. I recommend using crushed ice or for you southern people Chick-Fil-A ice. If you are like me, I will go with a 3 parts prosecco and 3 parts Aperol. But that is just because I like the taste of that product more then most.
HOW TO MAKE THIS DELICIOUS DRINK
- Club soda
- Crushed Ice
Mixe 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and a splash of club soda into a highball or big open wine glass, finish with an orange garnish
DAILEY BLEND BAR SECRET
Crushed ice is your friend, find some, it will make this drink better.