Spritz me up baby

Spritz me up baby

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From
Little Italy
Makes
6
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

The humble Aperol spritz is my all-time favourite drink. But I think it’s time to add another level to it. Aperol is made from bitter oranges and rhubarb, so how better to serve it than with a refreshing rhubarb sorbet.

Rhubarb sorbet

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g rhubarb, chopped into 2½ cm lengths
250g caster sugar
100ml grenadine
1 orange, finely zested and juiced
1 lemon, finely zested and juiced
1 pink grapefruit, juiced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated

Aperol spritz

Quantity Ingredient
300ml aperol
100ml gin
600ml prosecco
orange slices, to garnish (optional)
orange zest curls, to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Begin by making the sorbet. Put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan with 400 ml of water. Set over a medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the rhubarb is very soft. Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth. Pass the purée through a fine sieve, making sure to push down on the pulp to extract as much liquid as possible. Leave to cool completely before pouring it into an ice-cream maker to churn. When it’s nearly set, transfer to freezerproof containers and place in the freezer for 2–3 hours to set completely. Place 6 serving glasses into the freezer, too.
  2. Take a cocktail shaker or jug and fill halfway with ice. Pour in the Aperol, gin and Prosecco and stir well. Remove the glasses from the freezer and fill each three-quarters full with the spritz. Working quickly, put a scoop of sorbet in each glass, add an orange slice and an orange zest curl, if you like, and serve immediately with a small spoon.
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