'The New York Times' Sets Off Debate Over Aperol Spritz
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
You know, we cover a lot of wars on this program, and here's one that erupted yesterday.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
The New York Times published a piece headlined "The Aperol Spritz Is Not A Good Drink." We are talking about prosecco, Aperol, slash a soda water, slice of orange. The piece calls it an Instagram-friendly aperitif that drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day - not in a good way.
CHANG: The reaction was swift and fierce. The Internet lost its dang mind. One tweet said, this is the worst opinion of 2019.
SHAPIRO: A hard honor to win. Another tweet said, this is offensive.
CHANG: And there was a think piece arms race. New York Magazine defended the cocktail, saying, as rare as it is that something can rally all Americans to agree on a single opinion, The New York Times has done just that.
SHAPIRO: But to be fair, The New York Times was arguing that there are other ways to make a spritz sing - you could use a better booze than Aperol, you could swap out the cheap prosecco for better stuff. Well?
CHANG: I love the Aperol spritz. Are you kidding me?
CHANG: In fact, I'm annoyed it's considered just a summer cocktail because I could drink this all year-round.
SHAPIRO: I'm not going to object anytime someone offers me a cocktail in the studio, as my producers just did.
CHANG: Thank you, Cat (ph). Thank you, Matt (ph).
SHAPIRO: Bottoms up.
CHANG: Cheers. Wait. Clink over here. Yeah. Come on, man. There we go.
CHANG: Wait. What's the line? Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.