July 11th, 2014
Last summer it was a Pimm’s Cup. This summer I’m all about the Aperol Spritz. It’s THE drink of the summer. Or, at least, MY drink of the summer.
What can I say? I can’t get my trip to Italy out of my system.
Aperol is an Italian aperitif with a bitter-sweet taste that comes from a combination of bitter orange, rhubarb, and other herbal flowers. It’s similar to Campari, though less bitter, which is why I prefer Aperol to its deeper red cousin. Aperol has a significantly lower alcohol content than Campari, too, which works for me most nights. If you’re a lightweight (and I say that with all due respect!), Aperol is a great choice. And, if you’re not, it’s a most excellent way to kick off the evening.
A popular before dinner drink in Italy is an Aperol Spritz made with Aperol, Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine) and club soda. Bright orange and just sweet enough, it’s like sunshine in a glass, perfect for sipping as the sun goes down in the summer sky. I can’t get enough.
(For grownups 21+ only)
3 parts prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 splash soda water
Orange slices, one per glass
1. Add ice to a wine or rocks glass and add prosecco, Aperol and soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.