The Aperol Elderflower Spritz is a twist on the classic version with a splash of St-Germain to give it a nice floral hint!
What is an Aperol Spritz?
If you’ve never had a classic Aperol Spritz, you are truly missing out. It is as simple to make as a mimosa but doesn’t have nearly as much fruit sweetness. Aperol is an Italian aperitif that should be easy to find. It’s a bitter orange liqueur that is 11% alcohol. Mixed with Italian sparkling wine – Prosecco (generally about the same alcohol level as Aperol) – and a splash of soda over ice and you have the vibrant orange Aperol Spritz.
So, what makes this such a great drink? Everything. Aperol is a unique liqueur with a touch of sweetness and a good amount of bitterness. It’s not heavy on the alcohol, so it’s very complimentary to Prosecco, which is naturally sweeter than a brut Champagne or sparkling wine that is used in a mimosa. The bitterness of Aperol is not nearly on the same level as similar aperitifs like Campari, which is typically used in a Negroni. Although it’s light on the alcohol like a mimosa, don’t think of this as a mimosa replacement – it has its own identity, flavor and place in the world. It’s an anytime drink, but is refreshing and colorful and perfect for sitting on the porch or by the pool on a warm day! If you like the taste of Aperol, you should also check out this Aperol & Gin Cocktail!
How do you make an Aperol Spritz?
The classic Aperol Spritz is just Aperol, Prosecco, ice, a splash of soda and an orange slice. But use your imagination and there are many interesting possibilities. We have tried it without the soda water and find it is a little better for our taste. We have also added a bit of St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, which is Angela’s preferred way to make this drink. Try a splash of lemon juice or a teaspoon or two of fresh orange juice if you like to cut the bitter Aperol a bit. The ratio of Aperol to Prosecco can be tinkered with as well.
Having a bottle of Aperol around is a must in our house. We use it for some sort of Aperol Spritz quite often. Give it a try with a bit of gin or vodka if you want to spike the drink up a bit and incorporated into an Italian type of sangria would be interesting as well. Enjoy!
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