This week’s cocktail is the Aperol spritz, a light, refreshing, orange-y sparkler.
Spritzes come in many forms, but one the most well known is probably the Aperol spritz- especially after the recent resurgence of the drink thanks to Aperol’s marketing pitch. Aperol itself is a bright bold orange colored liquor that tastes like orange with a slight bitterness to it. It is definitely more sweet than bitter. It is definitely NOT an amaro, but if you are trying to experiment with tasting more bitter liquors, Aperol is a great place to start.
Some recipes call for a 3:2:1 mix of prosecco:Aperol:club soda, but the actual bottle suggests using equal parts of prosecco and Aperol and just a splash of soda.
That is how I made my drink, except not quite as much Aperol because I didn’t quite have enough for a full 1.5 ounces. Oops!
Pick our a pretty wine glass, fill it with ice.
Add equal parts prosecco and Aperol, then top with a splash of club soda.
The Aperol itself is quite sweet so the sweeter the prosecco the more sweet your spritz will be. Decorate with a slice of orange, or like me line your glass with thinly slices orange wheels.
Like the Lillet Spritz, the Aperol Sprits is light, refreshing, and low in alcohol so you can drink, look fancy schmancy and be less likely to make friends with the floor when your glass is empty.