An Aperol Spritz is one of those cocktails that pretty much everyone will have heard of. After it became massively trendy over the last few years or so, I think it’s fair to say that most of us will have tried it at some point. For me, it’s been a favourite drink for years, and it’s one that I make for myself most weekends. Because of its popularity, I was wondering whether or not to share my Aperol Spritz recipe with you. But, then I realised that my version of the classic cocktail actually has a bit of a twist on the original Aperol Spritz recipe. So I thought why not share it with you anyway? Keep reading to uncover my (not so) secret twist on the drink.
What is Aperol?
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the drink, Aperol is a type of Italian aperitif. It’s a reddish, orange colour and is typically used as a go-to liquor for spritzes. Sitting at 11% ABV (alcohol by volume), Aperol is a great lower alcohol liquor that has a lovely citrusy yet bitter taste to it. Aperol themselves describe the drink as bittersweet and made up of an infusion of oranges, herbs and roots.
Aperol Spritz: My Take on an Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe
Alright so, I mentioned at the beginning that the way that I make an Aperol Spritz is slightly different to the classic recipe, and I’ll tell you why. I’ve always found it crazy that people think that an Aperol Spritz is sometimes too bitter for them. For me, it’s actually often too sweet! So one of the main differences in my take on an Aperol Spritz is that I use tonic rather than soda water to add an extra bit of bitterness. And this is how I do it…
150ml tonic (I use Fever Tree tonic)
Slice of orange, for the garnish
Plenty of ice
Fill half of your glass with ice (I normally go for a balloon-style glass)
Add the Aperol and the prosecco into the glass
Top up with the tonic water
Stir the drink so that the Aperol is mixed in properly
Finish with a slice of orange
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There you have it, my take on the Aperol Spritz. It really is such a great afternoon drink that can be enjoyed on a lovely warm day. Because of it’s low alcohol percentage it’s a light drink that you can sip on throughout the afternoon without worrying about overdoing it. Have you tried an Aperol Spritz before? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it’s bitter or, like me, do you find it to be more of a sweet drink?
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