July 11th, 2014

Summer cocktails: Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe | One Hungry Mama

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.

Aperol Spritz
(For grownups 21+ only)

Ice
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.

4 Responses

  1. Carole says:

    I am definitely a light weight!

    Can you get the ingredients as a regular liquor store?

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    Yes, Carole, all of these ingredients should be available any most any liquor store. Enjoy!

  3. Dan says:

    Don’t forget the olive! Best with a big, hearty green olive.
    Thanks for the recipe. It is great to refresh my memory of Italy

  4. Hi there! Found you on Momtastic…love what you do! As for your trip to Italy, where did you go? I spend my summers in Sardinia (my husband is from here and I lived here for 4 years) so I know this drink very well. Having said that, can you believe I don’t like it?! lol! I just can’t do these bitter drinks…I guess that makes me less Italian!!! ;-)

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