Super Aperol Spritz: Italian Aperitif#1

Introduction

In the world of cocktails, few drinks embody the essence of summer quite like the Aperol Spritz. This classic Italian aperitif has gained international popularity for its refreshing and vibrant taste, making it a go-to choice for those seeking a delightful pre dinner drink. In this ingredients, preparation, and cultural significance of the Aperol Spritz. So grab a glass and let’s dive into the world of this iconic beverage and we take to enjoy it.

Aperol Spritz

A proper Aperol spritz tastes like summertime in Italy and resembles a golden orange sunset. I’ll gladly sip one on our front porch now, overlooking our overgrown front yard, and later, with a view of the Italian Riviera

The Aperol spritz has been in the spotlight over the past week since the New York Times boldly declared that The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink Grub Street shot back that the Entire Internet Agrees Aperol Spritz Is, in Fact, Good.

Aperol Spritz

Only Aperol will do here. Aperol is a bright orange apéritif. The brand describes the flavors as, “zesty orange with complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla.” Look for Aperol near the liqueurs or amaros at the liquor store.

Only Aperol will do here. Aperol is a bright orange aperitif. The brand describes the flavors as, “zesty orange with complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla.” Look for Aperol near the liqueurs or amaros at the liquor store.

Prosecco

Prosecco is an inexpensive Italian sparkling wine similar to Spanish Cava or French Champagne. I recommend choosing a dry (brut) Prosecco so your drink doesn’t turn out too syrupy or sweet. Good choices range from 12 to 18 dollars.

Club soda

For some fizzy dilution. Any unflavored sparkling water will work. I keep cans of sparkling water in my pantry for this purpose.

Slice of fresh orange

You can skip this if you don’t have it, but an orange slice is the classic garnish for an Aperol spritz.

Classic Aperol Spritz

We’re going to Italy this summer, so I’m celebrating with this classic Aperol spritz recipe! Aperol spritzes are ultra refreshing not too sweet bubbly cocktails.

A proper Aperol spritz tastes like summertime in Italy and resembles a golden orange sunset. I’ll gladly sip one on our front porch now, overlooking our overgrown front yard, and later, with a view of the Italian Riviera.

The Aperol spritz has been in the spotlight over the past week since the New York Times boldly declared that  The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink. Grub Street shot back that the Entire Internet Agrees Aperol Spritz Is, in Fact, Good.

I, for one, find the Aperol spritz to be entirely delightful. Both articles are written assuming you have tried an Aperol spritz, but what if you haven’t? I vote that we all make some this weekend and decide for ourselves.

Slice of fresh orange

You can skip this if you don’t have it, but an orange slice is the classic garnish for an Aperol spritz.

How to Make an Aperol Spritz

Aperol spritz cocktails are unbelievably easy to make. No cocktail shaker or fancy equipment is required!

You’ll simply fill a wine glass with ice, then add Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and a slice of orange.

How to Adjust Your Aperol Spritz

The generally accepted ratio is equal parts Aperol and Prosecco plus a splash of club soda. However, you can play around with the ratio until your Aperol spritz tastes exactly the way you like it. I like mine with a little more Prosecco than Aperol.

Make it less bitter

Aperol’s bitter notes can take some getting used to, so you can reduce the bitterness by using less Aperol and more Prosecco.

Make it less boozy

As written, your Aperol spritz is around 11 percent alcohol content by volume (Aperol is 11% ABV and Prosecco is 12%). To make it even lower in alcohol content, use proportionally more club soda and less Aperol and Prosecco.

Ingredients

Ice

3 ounces (1 part) Aperol

3 ounces (1 part) dry Prosecco

1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water

Optional: Slice of fresh orange for garnish

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