The Aperol Spritz is the quintessential Italian cocktail. It’s easy to make for friends at your next backyard barbecue or dinner party. In fact, all you need are a few ingredients. The refreshing taste of Aperol pairs well with an apple cider-based ginger ale, orange juice, soda water, ice cubes and an optional olive.
The Bloody Maria:
Aperol gives an extra kick to the other spirits, making it ideal for this spicy drink. This cocktail takes a standard Moscow Mule and revs up the ingredients with a little heat from adding Tabasco Sauce. Mix together tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and vodka along with Aperol in a copper mug or tumbler.
The Aperol Fizz:
A sweet and sour drink that’s easy to make with just three ingredients. Mix tonic water, Aperol and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker becomes frosty before pouring everything into a highball glass rimmed with salt or sugar for garnish. Mmmmm.
This breakfast favourite also packs a punch from the extra alcohol added thanks to Aperol’s flavour profile. Pour tomato juice into a shaker filled with vodka, pepperoni (optional), Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco Sauce along with Aperol if desired. Then, shake well until everything becomes frothy on top before pouring it all over ice cubes in tall glass rimmed with celery.
The Italian flag is a simple drink created by stirring together vodka, Aperol and Campari. This cocktail has three layers which can be “assembled” in the following order: Start by pouring some tonic water into an old fashioned glass. Next, pour in half of each spirit to make two halves before topping up with tonic water. This goes down well in summer and wintertime. Saluti.
The classic brunch favourite is the best drink to whip up and enjoy as soon as you finish making it! You’ll need champagne, peach puree (if organic), sugar syrup/honey, and a bottle of Prosecco.
Aperol Spritz is a popular choice as it’s light and refreshing – perfect for when you need to get back on your feet after a long day at work. This drink is a concoction made from Aperol, Prosecco (or any other sparkling white wine), soda water or tonic water with ice cubes and lemon peel garnish. It can be made by pouring the ingredients into an old fashioned glass over ice before topping up with more Aperol if desired. (Not a bad desire to have, actually.)
An Italian fizz is created using gin, Campari, Fernet Branca Menta, sugar syrup/honey and seltzer that sits in an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Mmmm, fizzicious.
Start your Presa Maria with vodka or gin and Aperol. After, mix things up in an old fashioned glass over ice cubes. Serve it on the rocks and garnished with two slices of lime or lemon.
This drink is made with fresh cucumbers, melons and Aperol in a blender before it’s served cold on the rocks or as an ice cream float for adults. Garnish with slices of either lime or lemon. Dessert, anyone?
Aperol truly is wonderful stuff. You can even mix things up a bit more with these new cocktails by adding different spirits. The more you like Aperol, the less control over the flavour profile you have. So don’t forget to add lots of sweet and sour ingredients!
Let us know in the comments section which one are your favourite Aperol cocktails.