It’s one of the most popular apéritifs in Italy, and it’s as tasty as it is refreshing. Low in alcohol, aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter.
Aperol was created 100 years (in 1919) ago by two Italian brothers (Silvio and Luigi Barbieri) in northern Italy’s Veneto region and is part of Campari family now.
The name Aperol comes from the French term for aperitif ‘aperó’.
And how Aperol describes Aperol?
The name says it all: Aperol is the perfect aperitif.
Its unique bittersweet taste and bright orange color derive from a secret and original recipe, that has remained unchanged over time as a result of a hard work of 7 years of experimentation. An infusion of selected primary components including oranges, herbs and roots in a perfectly balanced combination (aperol.com)
Aperol has officially made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, described as “A proprietary name for: an orange-coloured Italian aperitif flavoured with gentian, rhubarb, and a variety of herbs and roots.”
As well it’s an light liqueur, with its alcohol content only 11%.
Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe
Learn how to make an Italian Aperol Spritz coctail! These bubbly Italian drinks are easy to make.
- 3 ounces (75ml) (1 part) Aperol
- 2 ounces (50ml) (1 part) dry Prosecco
- 1 ounce (25ml) (a splash) soda or sparkling water
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Fill a wine glass until it is nearly full of ice.
- Add the Aperol (about one-third of the glass)
- Add an equal amount of Prosecco (the second-third of the glass)
- Add a soda or water
- Garnish with an orange slice
Aperol Spritz Coctail: 177 kcal
What to serve with Aperol Spritz coctail?
The aperol drink is commonly served as an apéritif. I tis designed to be served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. They’re typically lightly alcoholic and more dry than sweet.
You can adjust Aperol Spritz drink
In original ceripe is equal parts Aperol and Prosecco plus a one part of soda. But i tis possible to play around with the ratio until your Aperol spritz tastes exactly the way you like it.
Less bitter – you can reduce the bitterness by using less Aperol and more Prosecco.
Less boozy – original Aperol Spritz is around 11 percent alcohol. To make it even lower in alcohol content, use more soda and less Aperol and Prosecco.