Enjoying A Staycation

Day 3 Enjoying A Staycation With An Orange Aperol Prosseco Soda Spritz

It’s a three day weekend here in the States and since we don’t have any travel plans, we decided to have a Staycation and celebrate it with a lovely Spritz at lunch. It was so orange that it almost glowed, so I knew I simply had to doodlewash it. This Spritz had a bit of Prosecco, soda water, and an Italian aperitif called Aperol that is an odd mixture of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, cinchona and “other ingredients” that are apparently too secret to name. Despite its mysterious contents, it was delicious and a perfect way to start a long weekend. Though I did resist the urge to have a second one at lunch, I’ll likely be enjoying another one of these charming elixirs this evening if the hunt we’re about to embark on for the ingredients proves successful.

I love the concept of a Staycation because it doesn’t involve any of the stress of actual travel. It’s the type of vacation that comes with no real rules and you are essentially free to do whatever you like. Truth be told, I enjoy treating every weekend like a little Staycation and take time to do all the things the busy work week wouldn’t allow me to do. Like be generally lazy without regrets or apologies. That’s how I’m feeling today. Perhaps it’s the wonderful orange drink or perhaps it’s just a long needed time to rest and relax. So, I’m going to keep this post short and head out in search of some of those “other ingredients” to keep this little Staycation going. I hope all of you are making time for a little bit of fun this weekend. As for me, I’m off in search of a Spritz!

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Day 3 Enjoying A Staycation With An Orange Aperol Prosseco Soda Spritz
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  1. Ha….staycation! Love that term, never ever heard of it, did you come up with that one? you must have, you are quite witty 🙂 That drink sounds so good, now I want one because you sure made it look good, I love anything orange, darn good color. I do believe that I have used my “good” quota for today 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe… I wish I could take credit for it, but it’s a term that’s been around for awhile. Not sure who came up with it, but these types of “vacations” became popular when the recession hit! And thanks! 😃💕 You should definitely try this drink… it’s so good… and low in alcohol so it’s kind of guilt free! Lol

      • guilt free is always good! I guess this country girl needs to get out more! I miss out on all the new terms 😉

  2. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Cheers to a stress free staycation Charlie!!

  3. Annie Glacken 1 year ago

    Have a great staycation! We are doing the same! I love the bright orange color in this sketch!

  4. Monique 1 year ago

    I thought you were going to Paris!
    Did I miss it🙁

  5. Carol 1 year ago

    Staycations are great any day of the week. My hubby is off work every other Wednesday but has to work Saturday mornings on those weeks, so many of our Wednesdays feel like tiny Staycations, especially ones when we don’t have errands to run. Your bright orange adult beverage is the finishing touch. I am glad to hear that you are relaxing and enjoying because you usually seem like one very busy guy. Cheers to you and Phillipe! 🍹🍷

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Carol!! 😃💕 Aren’t staycations the best? Hehe Feels good to stay home and not be rushing around trying to get things done. A much needed break!!

  6. Teri C 1 year ago

    Perfect way to spend the days off. That sketch is great and it sounds great also! Enjoy it all.

  7. Snehal Kank 1 year ago

    Thanks for the lovely treat Charlie 😍 awesome work 👌🏼 ohh yes same pinch I’m also enjoying staycation 😉😬 liked your creation ‘staycation’ 😀

  8. Jacob 1 year ago

    Blimey, you got the glow alright – this looks dangerously attractive! What a great way to mark the long weekend. Sounds like you have a wise plan of attack too – I didn’t think you knew how to be lazy! 😉 Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃 It was actually even glowier in person my I was too impatient to wait for my layers to dry properly. 😊 Glad you liked it and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well!

  9. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    So happy to hear you get some time to relax, Charlie!! 😍👍 And stay vacations are the best!! 🌟🌈 I should have done the same… My hubby and I went for a hike in the mountains and I fell and sprained my left foot. Luckily, it isn’t broke after a trip to the ER but it hurts like HELL so I’m drinking lots of wine and trying to remember why I didn’t just stay home and take a nap! Lol! 😳

    • Author

      Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that!! 💕💕 Hope you start to feel better soon… Yikes! Lots of wine is definitely something that should be on the menu. You deserve it!! 🍷🍷🍷🍷👍🏻💕

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        Thanks Charlie! 💖💕😊

  10. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Enjoy!

  11. GeorgieMoon 1 year ago

    Cheers! Enjoy your Staycation! That looks like a great drink, have another one!

  12. Now that’s my holiday each year, I will drink to that, cheers!

  13. Margriet Bierens 1 year ago

    Staycation, a short vacation? Aperol, looks special, I have never tried it, yesterday I could have because we had dinner in a good Italian restaurant here. This for the next time.

    I thought you were on your way to Paris, no?

    Your Doodlewash looks attractive fresh, does it taste bitter as well Charlie?

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Margriet!! 😃💕 You should definitely try it…it’s wonderful!! Hehe And I don’t head to Paris until later this month. So still a couple weeks out!

  14. Rebecca 1 year ago

    Mmm, Aperol… Reminds me of Italy. Perhaps a bit early in the morning for one here, but happy to know that you’re having one on our behalf. Lovely sketch too, the colour is just right! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! 😃💕 Yay! I was hoping I’d get the color across. Yeah…the morning is probably a bit too early for an Aperol. Even in Italy. Hehe

  15. Jodi 1 year ago

    Hope you were successful in finding your ingredients and enjoyed a few more of these lovely staycation cocktails 😜

  16. Tom Merriman 1 year ago

    Enjoy your staycation, Charlie! Sounds good!

  17. creatingincolors 1 year ago

    Here! Here! I love my “nest” and I love Staycations! And that Spritz looks good too!

  18. SHARON HASCHALK 1 year ago

    Thanks for all your posts Charlie – I just joined and am enjoying them so much. Enjoy your staycation and that drink looks very refreshing! Sharon

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Sharon!! 😃💕 Glad you’re with us! And yes….this drink is sooooo refreshing! Highly recommend it! Hehe Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

  19. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    I love vacationing when no one else is doing the same. LOL. Your drink looks so pretty, orange being a gorgeous and happy color. I see you filled the glass with this one.

  20. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Refreshing! Of course today it’s back to routine…(K)

  21. ED 1 year ago

    Dear Charlie, the sketch is great!
    There is an evolution in the recipe of Spritz: use larger goblet; ice, add dry Italian sparkling wine (which is better than the Prosecco wine), soda water, “Aperol” and a half slice of round, sweet, juicy orange fruit, . The name of this version of the Spritz is “Sprizzone” which means bigger Spritz. Enjoy it all! Best, Edoardo

    • Author

      Thanks, Edoardo! 😃 Glad you liked the sketch! And awesome! Thanks so much for the tip and new recipe… I’ll definitely have to try a Sprizzone soon!!

  22. samba2017 7 months ago

    Thanks for your post, I really enjoyed this. Am a huge fan of Aperol Spritz and we are embarking on our very first Staycation during Spring Break this year so could relate to it! I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Wishing you a good day, Sam 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sam! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this post and I’ll try to pop over and have a look at your blog. Happy blogging my friend!

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