I personally do prefer winter much more than summer, especially to the hot and humid Japanese summer.
Following are my two basic rules for the winter season:
1- keep warm.
2-avoid to catch a cold.
No big problems about point 1, right? Thick clothes will keep you warm, but how about point 2?
Let me reveal you my secret.
In my native city of Padua and all around the Veneto Region we have some good traditions, and one of them is to drink a shot of grappa (a 45% alcoholic spirit) after dinner as digestive and, as my grandpa used to say, “to disinfect the throat”(!!!).
↑ A bottle of “Grappa di Amarone” (sooooo nice!)
Even Aperol, an aperitif invented in my beloved Padua in 1919, is very effective against flu as you can read from this 1951 Italian newspaper advertisement:
…sales talk maybe? By the way, quite a funny advertisement.
So, what are you waiting for?!?
Presto! Take the bottle and pour some grappa! …do you wanna catch a cold?
P.S.: Please remember NOT to
DRINK oops ‘disinfect’ before driving!
P.S.Ⅱ: Aperol spiz recipe (a simple and fresh aperitif before entertaining your friends for dinner):
3 parts of Prosecco (or a good dry sparkling white wine)
2 parts of Aperol
1 part of soda
add ice and a slice of orange or a peel of lemon, stir and enjoy!