The Aperol Spritz recently became my new summer fun times, easy living, need a drink after work, weekend with friends, backyard brunch cocktail. Wait… that sounds like I’m an alcoholic. I’m not, though one of the stages of alcoholism is denial, so you’ll either have to take my word for it or not take my word for it. This is getting serious. Back to fun time cocktails.
One of my favorite aspects of the Aperol Spritz is actually its lightness. It isn’t loaded down with alcohol, and the bubbles from the prosecco and soda water keep it approachable and summery. I usually add a heavier splash of soda water than necessary because I prefer my drinks a little weaker for summer–that way, I cut out the “ugh, why did I do that?” at 1 a.m.
If you need a summertime festive drink, this is the one. Just look at that smile-inducing persimmon color. The flavor somehow matches the hue–rosy with a bit of bite. The Aperol Spritz has a light sweetness, a citrus tang, and a little hit of bitter to keep you coming back for more.
You don’t need to buy a ton of weird ingredients; stock up with a bottle of aperol from the liquor store, prosecco, and an orange and you’re good to go. Plus, this spritz is dead simple to make, so you can have a fleet of glasses ready to hand your guests as they arrive.
Aperol Spritz (this is the recipe from the bottle of Aperol)
For one drink of the size pictured, you need a few ice cubes, 1-1/2 shots prosecco, 1 shot aperol, a splash of soda water, and a wedge of orange.