A Bitterly Refreshing Aperol Spritz

Want a refreshing sipper perfect for summer evenings before dinner? Look no further than the Aperol Spritz.

I love the unexpected bitterness of this drink. It is a significant change from your typical summer drinks that hit the sweet, spicy, and tart notes. Something about the acquired taste of bitter Italian liquors makes it unique.

Time to spritz it up

The Aperol Spritz is an Italian aperitif to be enjoyed before dinner to kick things off and get you ready to chow down. It has low alcohol content, so you can start drinking but not get wasted before dinner… getting wasted before dinner=not cool.

A few simple ingredients quickly combine for a cocktail party or picnic pleaser.

First, start with plenty of ice and Aperol, obvs. Then you add Prosecco (keep it Italian!), club soda, and finally, top it off with a slice or wedge of orange.

The measurements depend on the size of your glass and how much ice you like. I like tons of ice in a large wine glass. A stemmed, tulip-shaped beer glass works excellent too.

The club soda and Prosecco can seem redundant, but the club soda adds that extra super fizz to make this refreshing and hydrating.

I like an entire wedge of an orange squeezed in, but the slice makes such a lovely presentation, so I squeeze a wedge and throw in a piece: squeeze and slice. Position your orange slice up against the side of the glass.

I guarantee this will become one of your favorite summer cocktails to make the happiest of hours.

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Aperol Spritz

Recipe by Hello Five o'clockDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

Want a refreshing sipper perfect for summer evenings before dinner? Look no further than the Aperol Spritz.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 ounces of Aperol

  • 2-3 ounces of club soda

  • 1 and ½ to 2 ounces Prosecco

  • One orange wedge and one orange slice

Directions

  • Fill a large, stemmed glass with ice.
  • Add the Aperol and club soda and stir to combine.
  • Put an orange slice in against the side of the glass.
  • Top with Prosecco

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