As you may know, we went to Italy on our honeymoon this September. That is where I discovered one of my favorite cocktails – the Aperol Spritz. It is a little tangy, bubbly, and extremely refreshing. Aperol is a bright orange Italian aperetif. It is made with orange, rhubarb, gentiana (a blue flowering plant) and other herbs that Aperol claims are secrets.
My spritz revelation occurred in Lake Como, a simply magical and jaw-dropping destination. We arrived in the early evening, around 4 or 5pm. Everyone was sitting outside drinking these orange cocktails in wine glasses. I consider myself a cocktail connoisseur (hence the name of this blog), and it busted my ego to think I had not seen this classy glass of orangey-goodness before.
We sat down to dinner in the town of Varenna (One of George Clooney’s favorite towns, btw) and I asked the waitress what was that orange drink everyone was having? She smiled and replied “that is an Aperol Spritz!” and I smiled back – “I’ll have one of those, please.”
From then on, it was my chosen aperetivo after long days of walking and touring. And as soon as I came back to the states, I started making them at home.
The traditional recipe an easy 3-2-1 ratio. The spritz is 3 parts prosecco (or sparking wine or champagne) 2 parts Aperol, and 1 splash of sparkling water. It is THAT easy. I’ll show you exactly how I make mine.
The Aperol Spritz – Glass of Glam Style
What you need:
- Sparkling wine, Champagne, or Prosecco
- sparkling water
- A wine glass
- An orange
(Scroll over pictures for the steps)
And there you have it! Super easy. Drink with a straw if you are a diva like me and don’t want to mess up your lipstick.
If you don’t have champagne or sparkling wine, use white wine and a little more of the sparkling water, so it is still a “spritz.” That works too.
Cheers to the least intimidating, but most delicious cocktail!