If you’re looking for a light and delicious cocktail with a relatively low alcohol content, you can’t go wrong with an Aperol Spritz. The apéritiv, which originated in Italy, delights its drinkers with its fresh and zesty taste as well as the lovely orange color. Wherever you are, you will be reminded of gorgeous sunsets and warm summer days when you drink this cocktail.
History of the Aperol Spritz
The beverage, consisting of Aperol, Prosecco and soda water, was created in Italy in the early 1900s, although the idea of adding a ‘spritz’ of soda water to Italian wines has been around since the 19th century, when visitors and soldiers found the local drinks too strong for their liking. In 1919, Luigi and Silvio Barbieri created a Aperol, a brightly colored, sweet orange and rhubarb flavored beverage.
The drink grew more and more popular until the 1950s, when the official recipe for the Spritz was created. The Italians generally use the cocktail as an aperitivo, which is a light and low-ABV pre-dinner drink that is meant to refresh you and whet your appetite for the upcoming meal. In the early 2000s, Aperol was acquired by Gruppo Campari and started advertising the drink more heavily both in Europe and the US.
The featured ingredient is, of course, Aperol. The recipe of this orange liquor is still a secret, but it contains oranges, herbs and roots. Compared to other, similar drinks, it has a very low alcohol content at 11% ABV, and it tastes both sweet and slightly bitter. This is the reason it is such a popular choice around the world, as you can drink a large glass before dinner but still not feel inebriated.
The other main ingredient is the Prosecco, which should be dry to prevent the cocktail from getting too sweet. Because it makes up a large part of the drink, don’t choose a cheap Prosecco, but go for a high-quality version that will enhance the taste of the Aperol. If you want to make the drink true to the original recipe, use Cinzano Prosecco.
To create an authentic and delicious cocktail, choose the following ingredients. Remember to use around the same quantity of Prosecco and Aperol if you want to create the original version – the exact amount will depend on the size of your glass.
- Cinzano Prosecco or similar
- A splash of soda
- Orange slice as garnish
How to Make It
A Spritz is very easy to make and requires only three steps. Before you begin, make sure you also have ice at hand.
- Add the Aperol and the Prosecco to your wine glass
- Gently put in some ice cubes with tongs. If you put the ice cubes in before the Prosecco, around half of your bubbles will be lost, so try to avoid this
- Add the splash of soda and garnish your cocktail with an orange slice
Whether you are enjoying a vacation in Italy or simply in the mood for a light summer drink, you can’t go wrong with the Aperol-based Spritz. With its vivid color and sweet but also bitter taste, you and your guests are sure to delight in this delicious cocktail.