Summertime has definitely hit London and even though we are currently going through lockdown due to the global pandemic doesn’t mean we cannot pretend to escape on a summer holiday and enjoy a perfectly homemade Aperol Spritz.
Aperol Spritzes are super refreshing and my favorite bubbly cocktail for the hot summer days. A proper Aperol Spritz tastes like summertime in Italy and looks like a golden sunset. I wish I was sitting on an Italian beach with an Aperol Spritz in hand, but since we are not traveling right now I will enjoy one on my balcony and pretend I am on holiday.
To make the perfect Aperol Spritz you will need the following ingredients plus some ice:
- Aperol – Only Aperol will do here. It is a bright orange aperitif. It is a zesty orange flavor with underlying herbal scents. You can find this in the liqueurs section at your grocery store.
- Prosecco – This is the inexpensive Italian sparkling wine. If you cannot find Prosecco you can use Spanish Cava or French Champagne. I recommend picking a dry (Brut) Prosecco so you don’t make your drink too sweet.
- Club Soda – This adds a bit more fizz to the drink. I only add a splash, but I have heard that Italians choose not to add this to the drink.
- Slices of fresh orange – This isn’t mandatory, but it is a nice touch to make your cocktail look pretty. And a classic Aperol Spritz always has a slice of an orange as a garnish.
How to make an Aperol Spritz:
This is by far one of the easiest cocktails to make. You don’t even need a shaker. You can simply fill a wine glass with ice, then add Aperol, Prosecco and club soda. Then add your orange slice as garnish. Finally all you have to do is Enjoy!
What’s your favorite summer cocktail?