I am currently on a summer vacation in Italy. Therefore I bring you a recipe that will make you feel like you are here with me. Also, summer Fridays call for cocktails, and here it is – Aperol Spritz!

A proper Aperol Spritz tastes like summertime in Italy and looks like a golden orange sunset. I’ll gladly sip one in the afternoon on the beach while relaxing in the shade, and also later, with a view of the Tuscan countryside.

Aperol Spritz drink
Aperol Spritz drink

Aperol Spritz drink ingredients

These cocktails require five basic ingredients. 

1) Aperol

Only Aperol will do here. Aperol is a bright orange apéritif. The brand describes the flavours as, “zesty orange with complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla”.

2) Prosecco

Prosecco is an inexpensive Italian sparkling wine similar to Spanish Cava or French Champagne. I recommend choosing a dry (brut) Prosecco so you drink doesn’t turn out too sweet.

3) Club soda

For some fizzy dilution. Any unflavored sparkling water will work.

4) Slice of fresh orange

You can skip this if you don’t have it, but an orange slice is a classic garnish for an Aperol spritz and works with this drink perfectly.

5) Ice

No Aperol Spritz can be made without ice. Make sure you have some in your freezer.

Aperol Spritz drink
Aperol Spritz drink

How to make Aperol Spritz drink:

  1. Start by adding ice into the glass.
  2. Then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda.
  3. Top it all with a slice of orange.
  4. This way of serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom of the glass.
  5. Enjoy!
Aperol Spritz drink
Aperol Spritz drink

Do you want to experiment with other drinks? Go to the DrinkUp section of our blog to find more inspiration. We especially recommend our recipe for butterbeer (inspired by Harry Potter) and homemade lemon flavoured nalewka/tincture.

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