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Look, NYTimes, You Can Hate On Aperol Spritzes But We The Twitter Populace Love Them

A piece claiming that the Aperol spritz is "not a good drink" was published on Thursday and the backlash has been, much like the drink it's about, full of zest!

Having a hot take is great when the take is good, but the internet has something to tell you, New York Times: Your latest take on Aperol spritzes being bad is not good.

Aperol spritzes are delightfully refreshing and make you feel like you’re on a beach in the Amalfi coast when you’re actually on a fire escape in Gowanus. For another, the coastal elites on media Twitter love them and want everyone to know they do.

To back up, the Times published a piece on Thursday with an incendiary title: “The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink.”

“For me, a well-made spritz is an ideal opener to the night. The best ones are more nuanced than the Aperol spritz, but no more complicated. If your finished drink tastes like a children’s vitamin, it’s wrong, and it’s a hangover biding its time,” said the writer.

Personally, the flavor of children’s vitamins evokes nostalgia for us so we’re not sure that’s even a valid criticism. But also: There is a lot of nuance in the world. Do our cocktails need to be nuanced to be enjoyable? No. Aperol spritzes are simple. They’re merely prosecco, Aperol, soda and an orange slice. How wonderfully uncomplicated!

HuffPost reached out to Aperol to see what they had to say about the whole thing. the brand’s vice president of communications, Dave Karraker, told us via email: “As always, we respect the opinion of individuals and, as such, do not have a comment on this piece. We simply thank our millions of fans worldwide, including those who have passionately voiced their opinions about the article online and in social media. We are proud of the Aperol Spritz and the joy it brings to people from all walks of life, every single day.”

So, uh ... it seems they’re just glad some people like Aperol spritzes.

Anyway, as we’ve previously stated, our feelings on Aperol spritzes were echoed far and wide on the Twitterverse, so we’ve collected just a few of our favorite impassioned responses who fall in the category that heretofore will be called “The Defenders of the Aperol Spritz.”

This has been updated with comment from Aperol.