Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
By now the entire world has heard of Italy’s iconic cocktail, the Spritz. No aperitivo is complete without this sophisticated, refreshing, and satisfying drink.
In this fun class, our Spritz guide will explain the origins of the classic tipple, the main variants such as the difference between a Spritz made with Aperol and one made with Campari, the sort of fruit that can accompany it, and various optional alternatives to delight your guests – did you know that a sprig of fresh rosemary is a perfect garnish for a Spritz with a complementary aroma? Or that some people even use limoncello to make their Spritz?
You will then have the chance to go hands-on through the entire process, understanding the perfect proportions of fortified wine to effervesent, how much soda water, how much ice to add, and how to mix it for perfect results.
And then, having mastered the mixology of spritzology, you get to sample your creation.
But wait! Remember, in Italy you must never drink anything alcoholic on an empty stomach. So to accompany your tipple you will need some snacks, and then a ‘primo piatto‘ – the pasta!
Step in our chef. Contrary to popular belief, though pasta is quick to cook, it’s not fast food, and is in fact complex and sophisticated.
You will be taught about the different kinds of wheat used to make pasta, how extrusion techniques change the texture of dried pasta and ultimately the experience of the dish, and how to handle fresh pasta.
You’ll learn about Rome’s classic pasta sauces, and you’ll learn how to make them.
Then, perhaps, another cocktail before you get your hands into the flour to make your own pasta, and learn to make Rome’s one and only authentic carbonara sauce (vegetarian option ‘cacio e pepe’ too!) that you’ll be able to make when you get home.
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