You know you’re in Italy when you walk into a bar or restaurant and everyone is sipping from an orange glass. In case you haven’t had Aperol Spritz before, trust me, it is almost a ritual in Italy and probably the most widespread and common aperitif in Italy. So if you feel a little Italian this summer, grab a bottle of Aperol and have yourself an Aperol spritz.
Aperol has been made in Italy since the beginning of last century. The recipe is a secret and it has never been changed. What we know is that Aperol is made from sweet and bitter oranges and includes many other herbs, including rhubarb, and roots in perfect proportions. It is similar to Campari, but with less alcohol – 11%, and has always been a staple on the Italian cocktail list. Based on the company’s information, the tasting notes of Aperol include a lightly alcoholic, zesting orange nose with appealing complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla, an intense orange top with herbal and woody body notes, pleasantly bittersweet and salty, a velvety and rounded texture, with long-lasting orange and wood memories and a herbal long pleasant typical bitterness backtaste. Couldn’t have said it better myself!
Aperol Spritz it’s the easiest drink to mix: three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol and one part soda. You can see a tutorial on the Aperol site. Invite your friends and serve some Spritz with a slice of orange in a tall glass filled with a few ice cubes. Sip and enjoy the summer together!