You’ve probably seen a few Aperol cocktails on social media this summer, the spirit’s orangey-pink hues drifting through your Instagram feed like a sunset. Aperol is an Italian apéritif, and it’s seemingly come to the United States this summer with a plot to take over all of our hip bars and home bar carts. That’s thanks in part to a huge marketing campaign by Campari, the company that owns Aperol. But that’s a good thing, because it is delicious.
So now, I present for your spritzing pleasure: How to make an Aperol Spritz aka *the* drink of summer 2018 PLUS three more Italian apéritif cocktails that will make you say, “Ciao Bella.” Too much?
The Aperol Spritz: Combine 2 ounces Aperol and 3 ounces Prosecco in a glass over ice. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange slice or twist to serve. Drink. Wonder why you haven’t been drinking this all summer long.
The Negroni: The Negroni is another classic Italian cocktail, but it’s made with a different apéritif called Campari. Campari is Aperol’s more bitter-tasting sibling. Combine 2 tablespoons gin, 2 tablespoons Campari and 2 tablespoons sweet vermouth in an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Stir gently and garnish with an orange twist.
The Campari Watermelon Cooler: Blend about six cups of chopped watermelon in a food processor or blender until extremely smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and skim off and discard any foam (you should have about 3 cups of juice). Combine watermelon juice, one ounce fresh lime juice, 6 ounces Campari, a pinch of sea salt and 3 ounces Chambord liqueur in a pitcher. Stir to combine, then pour over ice and add a splash of club soda. Makes 4-6 drinks.
The Two-One-Two: Combine 2 ounces tequila, one ounce Aperol and 2 ounces grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.