As soon as the temperatures start to rise (which we’re hoping is soon!), that holiday feeling kicks in and the unmistakable vibrant orange cocktail has joined your table with plate of nibbles. That’s right, we’re talking about the famous Aperol Spritz. A much loved summer drink around the world, it is far from a modern phenomenon; in fact, this cocktail has been a seasonal favourite for more than half a century.
The Spritz was born in Veneto during the 1800s when visitors from the Hapsburg Empire would lighten the strong Italian wine from local taverns with a splash of water. The recipe has evolved over time to become more than just wine and water, but rather wine, bitters, and water. Today, the classic Italian cocktail is enjoyed throughout Italy as an aperitivo – a social drink before dinner time often paired with light bites such as tiny sandwiches and olives. The most popular Spritz recipe is made with Aperol.
Aperol is a traditional Italian aperitif made by infusing alcohol with oranges, herbs, and roots. It’s prepared according to a secret and original recipe that, according to the producer, has remained unchanged since its birth. The Spritz has a cheerful glow with its distinct orange hues but also a pleasant bittersweet taste.
To make a perfect Aperol Spritz, it’s important to balance ingredients in a ratio of 3-2-1:
- 3 parts Prosecco, 75ml
- 2 parts Aperol, 50ml
- 1 part Soda water, 25ml
Fill a large wine glass with three quarters cubed ice (this is a crucial first step!). Start by pouring the Prosecco over the ice, followed by the Aperol. Finally, pour in the soda water and give it a brief stir. Garnish with a slice of orange and let each sip whisk you away to the Italian summer!