Simple is almost always better isn't it? Life is complicated enough in this technology driven world. This morning for example I met with a "Genius" at our local Apple store because I couldn't figure out to load my email program onto my new iPhone. I love Apple's "Genius Bar". Where people like me who know next to nothing about computers go to get humiliated by a geeky 20-something who looks at me like I'm an idiot. I'd resent it more but he's pretty much right, which doesn't make me feel any better. So while I realize I can't control that part of my world, I can control what I eat and drink. Hence, my search for simplicity. And good things to drink don't get any simpler than this deliciously refreshing Campari Aranciata Cocktail. Two ingredients, which are conveniently listed in the name. Oh, plus ice. I read about it in Jason Wilson's spirits column in The Washington Post. Being a lover of all things drinkable and made from Campari, I was intrigued. I grabbed some Pellegrino Aranciata and spent maybe 20 seconds making it.The slight citrusy, fizzy sweetness from the Aranciata perfectly complimented the bittersweet character of the Campari. Not a typical winter cocktail, but one that has me pining for warm weather when it will really rock the bar. Two ingredients that lead to two words: simply satisfying!
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Campari Aranciata Cocktail
adapted from Jason Wilson/The Washington Post
2 ounces Campari
3 ounces Pellegrino Aranciata (the Pellegrino conveniently comes in bottles that are slightly over 6 ounces, so one bottle should be good for 2 cocktails)
Fill highball glass 3/4 full with ice (preferably large cubes). Add Campari and Aranciata and stirr gently. Garnish with orange slice.