Aperol Spritz is one of the trend drinks in UK bars and restaurants this year and if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s about time you do. Despite its bright orange colour and its somewhat radioactive appearance, this Italian aperitif is incredibly delicious and morish.
Aperol is an award-winning aperitif that stems from Padua in North Italy and was first produced in 1919 by brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbier. For some reason, it didn’t really hit off until after World War II, but now it’s a firm favourite for those that prefer a lighter version of the stronger and darker Campari liquor.
Aperol is a bitter-sweet blend of rhubarb, bitter orange, cinchona and gentian and can be enjoyed as Aperol Tonic (on the rocks and filled up with tonic water), Aperol Sour (mixed with lemon juice and sugar syrup) or as Aperol Spritz, which is quite possible the most popular way to the Italian aperitivo.
The good news is: Aperol Spritz can easily be whipped up at home. All you need is a bottle of Aperol (obviously!), a bottle of prosecco as well as a bottle of soda water, some ice and a couple of orange slices. To create the perfect mix, simple follow the 3-2-1 rule: Mix 3 parts of prosecco with 2 parts of Aperol and 1 part of soda water. Fill up with some ice cubes, garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy!
I’ve enjoyed my very first Aperol Spritz at the weekend and what can I say? It’s really refreshing, not as sickly sweet as some other cocktails and definitely rather moreish. Drink responsibly though as I felt rather tipsy after finishing my glass! Not that that’s a bad thing!
Right now, I’m looking forward to my Roman holiday in October as I bet in the perfect Italian setting, this aperitif cocktails will taste even better!
Have you tried Aperol Spritz or any of the other Aperol varieties?
Thanks to Aperol for sending us a hamper with everything we need for making our own Aperol Spritz cocktails.