Aperol Spritz cocktails

Here's how to use Aperol to its full potential | Source: Punch Drink

More Than A Spritz: Five Aperol Recipes to Perfect

The Aperol Spritz has made a name for itself as a summer classic.

Best sipped under the sun, the refreshingly cold cocktail is a global phenomenon with a history that can be traced back to the Veneto region of northern Italy in the 1800s and today appears on cocktail menus across the globe.

While the Italian aperitivo may be famed for its Spritz-y reputation, these five cocktail recipes prove the spirit can be so much more.

Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz has an established reputation as the ‘drink of summer’ | Source: Fine Dining Lovers

What is Aperol?

Before we dive in, let’s get to know the spirit first. Aperol is what’s known as an aperitivo, or an apréitif in French, a drink that’s typically served before meals in many European countries. The Italian bitter was originally produced by the Barbieri company, which spent seven years in tasting and research before the drink’s release.

In 2003, the Italian liquor brand Campari bought Aperol when sales were sitting at 50 million euros (A$75.3 million). Campari ran an incredibly successful marketing campaign, selling Aperol as the essential ingredient for everyone’s favourite summer spritz.

The drink is distinctly bright orange and defined by its notes of bitter oranges and mixtures of herbs and roots. The spirit has a low alcohol content of 11 per cent, which is part of what makes it so easy to sip.

Aperol and Gin Cocktail

It’s a riff on the classic Negroni, curated by the esteemed Jeffrey Morgenthaler bar manager of Clyde Common. Compile your gin and Aperol cocktail with 45mls of gin, 20mls vermouth and 20mls of Aperol. Stir all ingredients in a chilled cocktail glass with ice and finish with a lemon twist garnish.

Et voilà, we have a bittersweet mix combining a cocktail classic with Aperol.

Aperol and Gin Cocktail
Combining two favourites; Aperol and Gin | Source: Cocktail Contessa

Red Sangria with Aperol

The classic Sangria is the perfect crowd pleaser and party drink. Easy, delicious and ideally chilled for a summer’s day, this drink can be spiced up by subbing in a new ingredient. Ditch the measuring cups and grab your best serving jug. A cup full of ice to start off can then be followed by a bottle of your favourite red wine, a carton of orange juice, a few splashes of lemon juice and equal part splashes of Aperol.

Aperol Sangria
Sangria is another summer favourite and here’s how to infuse it with Aperol | Source: Liquor

Aperol and Rhubarb Fizz

If you can get your hands on some rhubarb syrup, then this cocktail is a mouth-watering glass of fizzy goodness to add to your repertoire, concocted by Keeping It Simple. Get together 60mls of rhubarb syrup, 30mls of Aperol and 30mls of gin and shake well. Ice two rock glasses and fill with your shaken mixture about three-quarters of the way. Top up with tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge.

And there you have it; the perfect cocktail to impress your dinner party guests with and finish off the night with something sweet.

Aperol and Rhubarb Fizz
Rhubarb is the secret ingredient to keeping this cocktail different and delicious | Source: Keeping It Simple

The Boulevardier- Aperol and Bourbon Cocktail

Bourbon lovers rejoice because this Boulevardier cocktail by Fine Cooking combines Aperol, vermouth and bourbon for a bittersweet drink that’s perfect to sip on during dinner. Grab your mixing glass and fill it with ice, pouring in 60mls of bourbon and 30mls of Aperol, stirring until ice begins to melt. Strain into a lowball glass with ice and add a lemon twist as a garnish, rubbing the peel along the rim of the glass.

This cocktail is classy and straight to the point, so grab your bourbon and get stirring.

Bourbon and Aperol Cocktail
Not traditionally paired with Aperol, this Bourbon and Aperol Cocktail is the perfect pre-dinner drink to sip | Source: Fine Cooking

Aperol Cosmopolitan

The cosmopolitan has long been hailed as Carrie Bradshaw’s go-to cocktail in Sex and the City. Today, we’re spicing it up with an Aperol version. Simply combine 60mls of your favourite vodka, 30mls of lime juice and 30mls of Aperol. Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.

Aperol Cosmopolitan
The classic cosmopolitan is often a go-to for nights out | Source: Concrete Playground

If you’re about to shake and make any of these delicious recipes and need a serving tray; check out these Designer Cocktail Trays that are sure to elevate your bar cart.

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