- Recipe: Aperol Spritz
- Writer: Lizzie Green
- Content-Type: Food Blog
I’m commemorating our upcoming trip to Italy by making this traditional Aperol spritz recipe! Cocktails made with Aperol spritz are very light and fizzy without being overly sweet.
A true Aperol spritz looks like a brilliant orange sunset and tastes like Italian summertime. And later, with a view of the Italian Riviera, I’ll happily enjoy one on our front porch while staring out at our overgrown front yard.
Since the New York Times boldly announced that “The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink,” the aperitif has been in the news a lot lately. The “Entire Internet Agrees Aperol Spritz Is, in Fact, Good,” responded Grub Street.
The Aperol spritz is quite excellent in my opinion. Although it is assumed that you have tried an Aperol spritz in both articles, what if you haven’t? I propose that this weekend, let’s all make some and make our own decisions.
Ingredients in Aperol
These cocktails call for ice and the four basic ingredients.
Here, only Aperol will do. Bright orange Aperol is known as Aperol. “Zesty orange with deep herbal smells balanced with a hint of vanilla,” according to the manufacturer, best describes the flavors. At the liquor store, look for Aperol near the liqueurs or amaros.
Italian Prosecco is a reasonably priced sparkling wine, akin to French Champagne or Spanish Cava. In order to avoid your cocktail tasting overly sweet or syrupy, I advise selecting a dry (brut) Prosecco. Good options cost between $12 and $18.
in order to add some fizz. Any sparkling water without flavors will do. For this, I keep cans of sparkling water in my pantry.
Fresh orange slice
An orange slice is a traditional garnish for an Aperol spritz, but you can omit it if you don’t have one.
Making an Aperol Spritz
The preparation of Aperol spritz cocktails is quite simple. No costly equipment, such as a cocktail shaker, is needed!
Simply put, you’ll put ice in a wine glass, then add Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and an orange slice.
Changing Your Aperol Spritz
The standard mixture calls for mixing equal parts Prosecco and Aperol with a dash of club soda. To ensure your Aperol spritz tastes the way you like it, experiment with the ratio. In my version, Prosecco is preferred over Aperol a little more.
Lessen the bitterness
You can lessen the sharpness by using less Aperol and more Prosecco because the bitter notes of Aperol can take some getting used to.
Take the alcohol out
Your Aperol spritz contains approximately 11% alcohol by volume as described (Aperol is 11 percent ABV and Prosecco is 12 percent ). Use proportionately more club soda and less Aperol and Prosecco to make it even less alcoholic.
Serving Ideas for Aperol Spritz
The aperitif Aperol spritz is frequently offered. Apéritifs are intended to be consumed prior to a meal in order to pique the appetite. Typically, they are less sweet and moderately alcoholic.
Serve your Aperol spritzes with appetizers that have an Italian or broader Mediterranean taste. Remember that Aperol tends to be bitter. Bitter flavors are softened by meals that are salty, creamy/fatty, and sweet.
Here are some basic alternatives that go nicely together:
- Olives, whole or torn, with celery, almonds, and parmesan
- Burrata, fresh mozzarella, or goat cheese served with crusty bread and sometimes some olive oil or jelly
- Grapes, oranges, and strawberries are examples of recent fruit.
- Caprese skewers or feta and tomato dip from the Mediterranean
- Why not spray olive oil on some popcorn?
|Three minutes to prepare
Three minutes in total
Yield: One cocktail
Discover how to prepare the traditional Aperol spritz! These fizzy Italian cocktails are delicious and incredibly simple to create.
Since it’s preferable to create Aperol spritzes one at a time, the recipe is intended to make one cocktail, but you can add extra as needed. Cheers!
- 3 ounces (1 part) Aperol
- 3 ounces (1 part) dry Prosecco
- 1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water
- Orange slice, for garnish
- A wine glass should have almost all the way full of ice. Pour the Aperol into the glass (I often eyeball this and pour until the glass is about one-third full).
- Pour Prosecco in an equal amount. Add a slice of orange and a splash of club soda to the top of your beverage. Enjoy!
- Use more Prosecco and less Aperol to lessen the bitterness.
- USE MORE CLUB SODA AND LESS APEROL AND PROSECCO TO MAKE IT LESS BOOZY
- RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: I adore stemless wine glasses. They are the regular wine glasses I use, and I hardly ever break them.