An Aperol Spritz — you’ve probably seen this classic drink on every cocktail menu in town.
You may be asking yourself, what is in this classic drink and what makes it so special?
Further, you may be wondering, when is this best time to order this cocktail and what meals does it compliment?
If you have traveled to Italy, you undoubtedly have heard of this drink. It is virtually impossible to walk through an Italian town during the late-afternoon without seeing groups of people enjoying an Aperol Spritz.
Make this Italian tradition your own by continuing reading this article and trying our our favorite Aperol Spritz recipes for yourself!
Let’s start by defining some of the most integral ingredients to this classic drink.
What is Aperol?
Aperol is an aperitif. While both delicious and refreshing, aperitifs are also appetites stimulants. Therefore, it is best enjoyed before a meal.
Since its 1919 inception, Aperol has not changed much. The recipe, which includes bitter and sweet oranges, rhubarb, and a variety of herbs and roots remains largely unchanged.
What is the history of the Aperol Spritz?
Although Aperol has only been around for 100 years, the spritz was invented much earlier. While the origins of the spritz are somewhat murky, it is believed that spirits date back to the 1800s when Italy was controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Visitors to Italy found Italian wines too strong for their palettes, so instead, they opted to indulge in a spritz or wine with a splash of water.
Today the spritz has evolved into something much greater. The flat water has been substituted with soda water and the flavor has been supplemented by fortified wines and liqueurs. With the invention of Aperol in 1919, the spritz got a facelift.
Brothers Luigi and Silvio Barbieri are credited with the invention of the bold, technicolor tipple Aperol. After inheriting their father’s liquor company in the early 1900s and seven years of experimentation, they created Aperol, who’s recipe remains a secret up until this day.
As Aperol continued to gain popularity through the 20th century, the Aperol Spritz was born. In the 1950’s the official recipe for the Aperol Spritz came to be. While popular in Italy, the drink did not make its way across the Atlantic until the early 2000s when Aperol was acquired by the Campari Group. Campari put serious money behind the marketing of the Aperol Spritz and it remains a popular pre-dinner drink until this day.
How do you make an Aperol Spritz?
Transport yourself to Italy with this delicious summer drink that’s on the top of everyone’s cocktail list these days. The delicious combination of bitter Aperol with sweet prosecco make this a refreshing treat that’s beloved by all. It’s easy to make, and even easier to drink.
Below you can find the delicious original recipe and two of our favorite twists on the classic.
CLASSIC APEROL SPRITZ
- 5 oz prosecco
- 2 oz Aperol
- 1 oz club soda
Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with orange wheel.
ROSÉ APEROL SPRITZ
- ½ oz lime juice
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz Aperol
- 3 oz rosé
- Splash of club soda
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir. Pour into a glass with ice and top with club soda.
Pear APEROL SPRITZ
- 1 oz pear nectar
- ½ oz lemon juice
- 2 oz Aperol
- 4 oz prosecco
- 1 oz club soda
Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir. Garnish with pear slices.
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