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The Aperol Spritz

As Italy's #1 Cocktail, It's A Classic Apertif and Popular Ice-Breaker
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Was it just me, or was the Aperol Spritz one of the most Instagramable drinks this summer?!  I can’t tell you how many times I spotted this vibrant orange cocktail as I was scrolling through my feed.  But of course, I wasn’t too surprised; this cocktail is extremely drinkable, and extremely refreshing and a drink I’ve been drinking for years now thanks to the hubs introducing me to it.

This classic Italian cocktail is known as the “original Spritz” and offers a light, sparkling and refreshingly bittersweet taste.  It’s most commonly enjoyed as an aperitif in Italy, serving as a symbol of a lively atmosphere and an ice-breaker.  As a cocktail with Aperol, Prosecco and an accompanying lower alcohol content, it really does prove to be the ultimate summertime sip that’s versatile enough for daytime drinking to happy hour and beyond. 

Now of course, the Aperol Spritz is known as a classic for a reason.  Aperol first launched in 1919, quickly becoming one of the most beloved liqueurs in Italy.  The original recipe introduced a rich, complex taste that marries citrus notes with herbs.  Aperol’s recipe, to this day, has remained unchanged and a secret to the rest of us. 

All that being said, there’s really no surprise that mixing an Aperol Spritz has turned into a popular ritual.  Bartender and cocktail purist alike should know that this cocktail should be the same every single time: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda.  By tradition, it should also always be served in a balloon stemware glass, and poured ¾ to the top of the glass.  Staying true to the recipe is key and what I’ve learned is that here in the states not everyone mixing up your drink may value the original recipe the so best to remember 3, 2, 1 that way you’ll be assured to  sip the perfect spritz each and every time.

Tell me, have you tried this classic, cult-favorite cocktail?  Cin Cin!  Truly, MKR

 

The Aperol Spritz
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 3 parts Cinzano Prosecco
  2. 2 parts Aperol
  3. 1 dash soda
  4. Ice and a slice of orange
Instructions
  1. Add ice and a slice of orange, pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a dash of soda. This avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.
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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Aperol, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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  • Debe / 09.01.2017

    Served these at our Gourmet Club dinner we hosted two weeks ago. Everyone loved them….even the guys! They are Tasty!! Wish I had found it sooner.

  • Haley / 09.01.2017

    Try it with castelvetrano olives next time! I didn’t particularly like olives until I had this drink in Italy, but now…so good!

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 09.05.2017

    Interesting…I don’t really like olives either, but I’ll try it!

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 09.05.2017

    yes, everyone loves a spritz!!!!

  • I just love the color of this cocktail!! Sounds super refreshing too!

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 09.06.2017

    It’s BEYOND refreshing!! You must try!

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