The Aperol spritz cocktail is a slightly sweet refreshing cocktail with a slightly bitter citrus taste of the Gentiana – a flower that is a key ingredient in Aperol.Made of Aperol mixed with prosecco and soda water, this Italian drink is usually served as an aperitif.There are a few variations about the cocktail's origin. According to one; Aperol Spritz appeared in the middle of the 19th century in Venice, after the region was captured by the Austrian Empire. The soldiers drank local wine mixed (or sprayed) with water in order to make them lighter. The word "spritz" means "splash or spray" in German which may have influenced the famous cocktail name.
- wine glass
- 50 ml Aperol
- 75 ml prosecco
- club soda (to top up)
- 1 orange slice (to garnish)
- Mix Aperol, prosecco and club soda in a glass filled with ice. Stir gently.
- Garnish with an orange slice and serve.
What is an aperitif?
The word Aperitif was originally used by the French to refer to an alcoholic drink to be consumed before dinner. Other than the Aperol Spritz, some popular examples of an aperitif are; the French Martini, Dubonnet, Vesper Martini, Negroni and the Cardinale cocktail.