Looking for a new cocktail to try out this weekend? Want to wind down with a fresh new drink? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should drink this weekend.
As yours truly is still in Italy, I figured I would continue the theme of Italian drinks and offer up the Aperol Spritz for this weekend’s drinking. While I don’t think the Aperol Spritz is a perfect drink, I do think the Italians nailed the tradition of the Aperitivo. Aperol Spritz isn’t the only aperitivo but it’s become ubiquitous and, in all honesty, it’s pretty delicious. (Though if you’re looking for a worthy substitute, we put together a complete guide to the spritz life.)
The Aperol Spritz is one of many variations on the Italian spritz, which calls for prosecco (or any sparkling wine), some bitter spirit, and soda water. With its roots in the early 20th century, the spritz is now a mainstay of Italian drinking culture. And by the early 2010s it had taken a hold of the American market, too. Aperol in particular originates in Padua, Italy in 1919 but was closely tied to the spritz from the drink’s inception. In 2003, when the Campari Group acquired Aperol, the Aperol Spritz was cemented as the warm-weather cocktail for Italians.
In addition to the cocktail itself, aperitivi typically come with a small selection of snacks. So, when you’re prepping your Aperol Spritz, set aside some chips, olives, prosciutto, cheese, bread, or whatever you feel like munching on.
Aperol Spritz Ingredients
Aperol – The universal popularity of Aperol led to this bitter Italian aperitivo taking over the spritz genre. So, if you’re making an Aperol Spritz, you obviously need Aperol. But, you can really make a spritz with any bitter red aperitivo. The Faccia Brutto Aperitivo and St. Agrestis Inferno Bitter are great modern alternatives but we also love Select Aperitivo or Aperitivo Cappelletti.
Prosecco – While not the main ingredient in a spritz, prosecco is critical to the success of your drink. Look for something dry, well chilled, and well carbonated. Cinzano Prosecco and La Marca are great options you’ll find in most places and Bisol Crede is an excellent step up.
Tonic Water – The final touch of the Aperol Spritz is a splash of tonic water. While the official recipe considers tonic water an integral part of the drink, others think it’s optional. Follow your heart and choose what you’d like.
Aperol Spritz Recipe
- Combine 3 parts Aperol, 2 parts prosecco, and 1 part soda water in a large wine glass over ice.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with an orange wedge or slice.