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  • Saturday, May 23, 2020

Amalfi Aperitivo Spritz (Ontario) - Cocktail Review

While enjoying the great weather we're having , I opened this Amalfi Aperitivo Spritz that recently launched at the LCBO. It is locally made with premium ingredients here in Ontario and comes in packs of 4 for $12.95.

What is an Aperitivo (Spritz)? The word "Aperitivo" is derived from the Italian verb "aprire" (ah-pree-ray) and means "to open". In Italian culture, an aperitivo is a bitter-sweet herbal meant to whet your appetite. An aperitivo "spritz" adds sparkling wine or soda water to the bitter-sweet aperitivo to make it more refreshing and perfect for hot weather - like today!

In the Amalfi Aperitivo Spritz, they use 22% real sparkling wine, and not "wine flavours" like other ready-to-drink cocktails. Their bitter-sweet aperitivo is made in-house using an infusion of burnt orange and tangerine peels, along with a blend of herbs and roots including quinine. To bring the alcohol down to a highly-quaffable 5%, they use both sparkling wine and soda water, making it well-balanced, easy to drink, and refreshing.

It is best enjoyed during Aperitivo Hour - which is like Happy Hour, but in the style of "La Dolce Vita" - giving particular importance to the inclusion of food and socializing (while practising physical distancing during these novel times). Aperitivo Hour is an Italian tradition that occurs every day at sunset when restaurants and bars set out small snacks, called "cicchetti" (chee-ket-eeh), to accompany the palate-opening drinks. As they say in Italy - Cin cin!

Amalfi Aperitivo Spritz

Tasting Note:

AMALFI APERITIVO SPRITZ - Ontario, Canada (#14515) (4 x 355 mL) - $12.95
This ready-to-drink cocktail has pleasing bitter-sweet flavours with touches of orange, citrus, and herbal root notes, while the spritz adds a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and finish. Ideally served over ice in a stemmed wine glass and garnished with an orange.

Amalfi Aperitivo Spritz

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  • Sunday, March 22, 2015

MadeWithLove - Canada's Largest Mixing Competition is Coming to Toronto

After a successful run in Montreal last December, the largest and most extravagant mixology competitive event, MadeWithLove™, continues its tour across Canada to the great city of Toronto. The finals will be held on at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex located at 25 British Columbia Rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $65 at or at participating locations.

21 bartenders from across the city will compete during the finals to impress over 1000 cocktail enthusiasts with exclusive and innovative creations. Each cocktail will be judged based on its originality, creativity and taste. This year marks the start of a new trend at the competition, a food pairing; a promising new addition which will only serve to enhance the overall experience of the event.

Come and enjoy the cocktails created by the finalists who qualified at College Street Bar in early January (click here to watch the video):
  • Aaron Male, Campagnolo
  • Alex James, Hopgood’s Foodliner
  • Andrés Márquez, Fonda Lola
  • Andrew Hunter, The County General
  • Brett Intrater, Independent
  • Dan Tavares, Mr. Flamingo
  • Ger Cullen, Her Majesty’s Pleasure
  • Jake Valianes, Linwood Essentials
  • Joe Howell, The Spoke Club
  • Holly Dewan, The Whirppoorwill Restaurant & Tavern
  • Japhet Bower, Parlor Foods & Co
  • Mana Moghada, Blowfish Restaurant & Sake Bar
  • Michael Crispo. Soho House
  • Michael Fortier, Drake One Fifty
  • Michele Maffei, Balsamico
  • Nick Incretolli, Urban Tavern On George
  • Parham Rahimi, Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
  • Rob Renda, BartenderOne
  • Rory West, Pastizza
  • Ryan Desjardins, College Street Bar
  • Will Howden, Howden Bar Service

The People's Choice and Judge's Choice winners will represent the city at the National Finale which is slated to be held in Toronto on .

Click here to purchase your tickets. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 21 cocktails, the food pairing and afford you the right to vote for the People's Choice.

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