Aperol Spritz - The Italian cocktail

Aperol Spritz - This famous Italian cocktail is simple, elegant and the perfect start or finish to any beautiful afternoon or evening......or breakfast or midnight snack....or....you get the idea! Have you ever tried it? If you haven't...you must! If you have, you probably remember the exact moment in time. The moment your taste buds made a memory and placed it deep in your soul. That beautiful color, that sweetness, that bitterness, that taste like no other.....that taste of Italy. 

Aperol - An herby bittersweet orange liqueur has been around since 1919. It was introduced by the Barbieri Brothers at an International Fair in Padua, in Northern Italy. It took the brothers 7 years from the time they inherited the liqueur company from their father in 1912 to the time they perfected the Aperol recipe. It was worth all the hard work and time because perfection is definitely what they hit....so much so that the secret recipe has never been changed from the original. The famous Aperol Spritz 3-2-1 cocktail recipe didn't come to be until the 1950's. It's popularity spread thanks in part to a large advertising campaign that made it's way into America and in part to the fact that it is DELICIOUS!  Since then it has made it's way up to the very top and could easily be called Italy's most favorite cocktails. 

aperol spritz recipe

 The Aperol Sprits 3-2-1 recipe is so easy and delicious it is sure to become one of your favorites! Traditionally it is served is a wine glass but I have seen them many times in the glasses pictured as well as just a standard glass so use what you like.

3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol Liqueur

1 part Soda Water

Ice

   Orange slice to garnish

Add ice to the glass of your choice. Follow the 3-2-1 recipe starting with Prosecco , Aperol and lastly the soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and then happily sip. Cin Cin!!

Other drinks using Aperol liqueur

If you are making this recipe then you obviously have a bottle of Aperol at your disposal...so here are a few other recipes that use this lovely liqueur :)

Aperol Betty

  • 4 parts Aperol Liqueur
  • 4 parts Orange Juice
  • 2 parts Grapefruit Juice

Pour into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

bois de rose

  • 3/4 part St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur 
  • 1/4 part Aperol Liqueur 
  • 1 part Gin 
  • 1/4 part Lemon Juice 
  • Champagne (Brut Rose)

Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne/Brut Rosé Sparking Wine, and garnish with an orange peel or twist.

G'indian summer

  • 2 oz. G'Vine Floraison Gin 
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol Liqueur  
  • 1 oz. Pomegranate Juice  
  • 1 oz. Cold Green Tea 
  • 1/4 oz. Simple Syrup 

Put all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake and serve in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with orange and lemon wheels.