If you’re looking for the cocktail du jour, then look no further than the Aperol Spritz. I first tried this light, refreshing alcoholic beverage in Pantelleria, a Sicilian Island in Italy, about 8 years ago. And last summer, while in South Tyrol, Italy, I enjoyed it again. Aperol Spritz is a drink born in Veneto, Italy, and it was typically served with small appetizers, like olives and sandwiches. One of the most quintessential Italian experiences is to enjoy a bright orange Aperol Spritz served in a tall wine glass on a hot day at an Italian café—especially if it involves looking out over the Mediterranean Sea! Cool and refreshing, this drink is a bit lighter in sugar and alcohol than many cocktails, and it is so refreshing.
This drink is all based upon Aperol, a liqueur that dates back to 1919 in Italy. It’s a bright orange liqueur made of bitter and sweet oranges, with herbs and roots added to the mix. It has 11% alcohol content. An Aperol Spritz is simply ice, Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and soda. In my lightened up version, I swap out soda for mineral water, and use a little less alcohol. Of course, it must be accompanied with an orange slice to give it that festive look. These oranges in my Aperol Spritz are from my very own orange tree at home.
You can get Aperol at many well-equipped liquor stores. Enjoy this cocktail around the pool, for brunch, for the holidays, and just about any old time you need your day brightened up a bit!