The Aperol Spritz is the number nine bestselling cocktail in world and there’s a reason why it has consistently been on the list – because it is simply delightful, especially during the day. Made of gentian root (a flowering herb), rhubarb, and cinchona (taken from a tree in South America,) the orange flavored Italian apéritif Aperol, the main flavoring of the famous Spritz, originated in 1919, when the bitter apertif or liquor based drinks were taking off in northern Italy. But everything changed when they decided to add Prosecco and lots of fancy advertising in the 90’s. First hitting the northeast Venice region it took off from there, especially in the northern regions of Italy, and the larger cities such as Milan, Turin, and Florence.
Here is the the Official Aperol Spritz Recipe:
- Fill a White Wine Glass with Ice
- Pour 3 parts Prosecco
- Followed by 2 parts Aperol
- Add a splash of Soda
- Garnish with an Orange Slice
Other recipes use less Aperol and more Prosecco; or even add rose water or other fruits such as pineapple or lime. And don’t forget little nibbles to go with it. Crostini, meat such as prosciutto, cheese, potato chips, veggies, olives, and other finger foods are perfect. Any way you like it, an Aperol Spritz is a delightful way to spend a relaxing and fun afternoon.
Be sure to check out my video “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, Especially in Italy (The Aperol Spritz)”