Happy Hour Recipes: Aperol Spritz Cocktails and Crostini Four Ways

 Aperol Spritz cocktail | Crostini

Aperol Spritz cocktail | Crostini

(Images:@MrStyler, left, and Catherine Roscoe Barr)

Happy Hour = Friends, Food, Drinks and a Dose of Sunshine!

Our fabulous friends, the Stylers, joined us for an Italian-inspired happy hour on our rooftop the other day!

We both fell in love with the iconic Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, while on separate trips to Italy earlier this year.

Check out photos of @TripStyler@MrStyler and #BabyStyler's #TSRomanHoliday on Instagram for a serious dose of vacation inspiration!

Our little get together in the sun was so delicious, I thought I'd share the recipes with you here!

Aperol Spritz Recipe:

  • Pour 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part sparkling water into a wine glass!

Crostini Recipe:

  1. Place baguette slices on a cookie sheet and brush liberally with equal parts butter and olive oil.
  2. Broil on low heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, flip pieces over, brush with equal parts butter and olive oil, and broil for another 2 minutes.

#1: Tuna Pate

Ingredients

  • 1 can sustainable tuna, including liquid (I love Raincoast Trading)
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

#2: Pea and Mint Spread

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 dozen fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until well-combined but still chunky.

#3: Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1 small tub baby tomatoes (about 1.5 cups), chopped
  • 1/2 dozen fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Stir all ingredients together in small bowl.

#4: Goat Cheese and Marmalade

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spread goat cheese on crostini and top with marmalade