There are some things you just don’t mess with, and New Yorkers who enjoy an occasional summer-y Italian beverage is definitely one of them.
After last week's attack piece in The New York Times, “The Aperol Spritz is not a good drink," supporters of the cult cocktail are retaliating with a Rally for Aperol on May 17. (Some highlights: "If your finished drink tastes like a children’s vitamin, it’s wrong…" and "...something that drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.” Yikes!)
Aperol advocates will unite at The Springs in Greenpoint from 4pm until 2am to show support for the drink by, well, drinking it. Grab Aperol Spritzes and Aperol Spritz Slushies for $10, but prove your allegiance to the spritz by wearing orange and you’ll only pay $8. The first 50 guests “to clap-back at The New York Times' shade” by ordering a drink will also receive free branded Aperol sunglasses.
The Aperol Spritz has taken New York by storm over the last few years. A miniature mobile bar roamed the streets of the city last year, and Time Out New York even named it the official drink of the summer in 2017, dethroning the equally controversial Frosé.
Spritz lover or not, the event sounds like a good opportunity to kick off the summer one week early.