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Parisians say "oui" to the "Spritz"

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:22

Italy's famed ''Spritz'' takes hold in the French capital, bringing ''la dolce vita'' to Parisians' summer.

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The hottest drink in Paris this summer is "The Spritz." Making the classic Italian apertif is simple. Three parts Prosecco, two parts bitters and one part soda - and don't forget the ice. French media are reporting sales of Aperol are rising ... So what's behind the craze? Food writer Lucile Escourrou says it's partly about the fun orange color and partly about the economy. SOUNDBITE: Lucille Escourrou, journalist for Figaro Madamme, saying (French): "Within cocktail fashion, the 'Spritz' has a big advantage, it's not expensive. In Paris, a cocktail costs between, depending on whether you are drinking it at a neighbourhood bar or at a fancy one, it will cost between 10 and 18 euros let's say. A 'Spritz' will always be three or four euros less than a classic cocktail." Parisians sipping near Canal Saint Martin say the Spritz is refreshing in the heat. SOUNDBITE: Parisian bar patron Christine saying (French): "This year all bars are offering it, not just Italian bars. There are also neighbourhood cafes that do 'Spritz' nowadays just like they do mojitos. And it's very gratifying when it's extremely hot." Looks like a little spritz can go a long way on those hot summer nights.

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Parisians say "oui" to the "Spritz"

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:22