HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT APEROL SPRITZ
IT’S SPRITZ O’CLOCK!
Summer is looming and to get us in the mood, here is the perfect Aperol Spritz recipe. This cocktail of Aperol, prosecco and soda is the epitome of Italian sunshine. Definitely one of my favourite drinks.
WHAT IS APEROL SPRITZ?
Originating from Padua, Italy in the 1919, Aperol is a famous semi-sweet, slightly bitter aperitif. This Aperol drink evolved to become the base for Aperol Spritz cocktail, now globally famous, known as Italy’s signature drink.
When in Italy in the Summer, Spritzes are non-negotiable! There is something magical about the combination of this ice-cold sweet, refreshing cocktail and the Italian sun beaming down. Automatically makes me smile.
Now being in cold, wet, locked-down Amsterdam, this feels like a distant memory. I see a glimpse of the sun which made me pour a couple of spritzes and dream of Italy.
RECIPE FOR APEROL SPRITZ
3:2:1 – that’s all you need to remember!
3 parts Prosecco. 2 parts Aperol. 1 parts Soda Water.
It is difficult to know what the best prosecco for aperol spritz is. Since Aperol is the driving flavour, I suggest using a relatively inexpensive brand of prosecco. Substitute for a dry white wine if you prefer. I have even tried using Asti, this is a sweeter sparkling white wine.
Campari v Aperol
Campari and Aperol are both Italian alcoholic liqueurs and considered bitters. Otherwise known as an apéritif. When distinguishing Campari, it’s a deep dark red colour whereas Aperol is a vibrant orange colouration. To taste, Aperol is the sweeter, perhaps more delectable of the two, with herbal, orange undertones. Campari is unapologetically bitter, with a spicy and slightly sweet taste.
Depending on your preference, Campari is a popular substitute in a Spritz cocktail. Yet is most commonly found in a Negroni cocktail.
The perfect Aperol Spritz recipe
- 90 ml Prosecco (or dry white wine or Asti if preferred)
- 60 ml Aperol
- 20 ml Soda Water
- slice of Orange
- 1 Castelvetrano olive (or your favourite green olive)
- Ice Cubes
- Fill a white wine glass with ice
- Pour in 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part Soda Water
- Garnish with a slice of orange and a Castelvetrano olive
- Swap the Prosecco out for your preferred dry white wine or if you prefer a sweeter drink try Italian Asti.
- I love to use Sicilian Castelvetrano Green olives as a Garnish, the combination of the salty olive soaked in the sweet spritz is just delicious!
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