The cause of many a swerving bicycle.

bicicletta italian classic spritz cocktail

According to a popular Italian legend, the Bicicletta—“bicycle” in Italian—was named after the elderly men who swerved all over the road while riding home after a few afternoon drinks at the café. In traditional aperitivo style, the cocktail mixes two of Italy’s favorite early evening refreshments. Campari adds delightfully bitter complexity to dry Italian white wine, while a splash of club soda turns the combination into a refreshing spritz.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Campari
  • 2 ounces white wine, Italian and dry
  • soda water

Garnish: orange wheel

  1. Add Campari and white wine to a wine glass.
  2. Add ice and top with soda.
  3. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wheel.
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Aperitif (Aperitivo)

(n.) An umbrella of a drink category relating to the time of consumption rather than a specific drink, an aperitif is an alcoholic beverage consumed before a meal. The tradition stems from 18th century France (apéritif) and Italy (aperitivo), where it was believed that a drink—usually something bitter or bubbly and not terribly alcoholic—would help [...] More A-Z →