You have to love Europeans and their ritual of pre-dinner drinks that makes booze a natural companion to their dining culture.

They do it best in Italy. Order a glass of appealingly bitter Campari ($20.99 - $27.49) and soda at any resto and you’ll get a nod from your waiter that he knows you know how to drink Italian.

One of my favourite Italian cities to imbibe in is Verona in the province of Veneto. It’s surrounded by the wine regions of Valpolicella, Bardolino and Soave, and the popular sparkling wine Prosecco is made nearby.

The Veronese are crazy for The Spritz: A mix of two ounces of Campari’s little (and less bitter) brother Aperol ($21.99 - $25.98) with an equal part Prosecco and a dash of sparkling water.

 

Served over ice in a wine glass and garnished with a slice of orange, it’s an appetite enhancing refresher. Thanks to its bright orange colour, it’s also an appropriate tipple for fall.

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