The Classic Aperol Spritz

For most people, Aperol is too bittersweet to drink straight, but some enjoy it with a twist of orange. In its signature cocktail, the liqueur's distinct orange flavor is simultaneously softened and enhanced with prosecco and soda.

It's a splendid and refreshing drink with a cheery, bright orange color, tons of sparkle, and an invigorating citrus taste that tantalizes the taste buds.

Commonly seen on piazzas and outdoor tables at neighborhood bars during the hot days of summer, this classic northern Italian low-alcohol cocktail is ready in no-time and makes a wonderful pre-dinner drink. 

Called the "Aperol spritz ritual," there's a certain order to the pour for this recipe. First the ice, then the prosecco, followed by Aperol and a splash of soda. By pouring the sparkling wine before the liqueur, the Aperol will not settle and there's no need to stir the drink. Just leave the mixing to the bubbles of the wine and soda. Garnish with an orange wedge for a classic look.

While most “Spritz’s” you will find at a restaurant will be served in a wine glass, the proportions of this recipe translate perfectly to a highball. 

Ingredients

 

15ml (1/2oz) Soda 
Wedge of orange or sprig of rosemary to garnish

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