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Cool Off With a Squeaky Spritz

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The name of The Squeaky Bean‘s signature drink, the Squeaky Spritz, may not be surprising, but its color is. The bright orange concoction gets its blush from Aperol, a vaguely bitter, orange Italian liqueur.

The Bean’s owner, Johnny Ballen, first discovered Aperol on a trip to Italy in 2006. It was the same vacation that inspired him to open the eatery. As Ballen tells it, he saw the liqueur while sitting in a cafe in Palmanova and knew that he wanted to serve it in his would-be restaurant. The Squeaky Bean opened three years later.

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This cocktail is made by mixing Aperol with Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, and topping it off with Rocky Mountain sparkling water. Perfect for a hot summer day, the spritz has a cool taste with a slightly bitter ending and is served with a briney green olive. Pair it with any dish on the menu—or do as I did, and choose the flavorful leeks vinaigrette salad.

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