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APEROL COCKTAILS for the summer

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This is such a lovely and refreshing drink and i just love Aperol! in a rocks glass add ice, Prosecco, dash of soda and top with Aperol, then throw in a slice of orange..mmm

Aperol originated in 1919 in Padua Italy by the Barbieri brothers and originally produced by the Barbieri company. The recipe is an infusion of more than 30 aromatic herbs and spices including bitter and sweet orange and the original recipe remains unchanged to this day.

The spritz cocktail is believed to have been born during the 19th century Austrian occupation of Italy. Originally the spritz was drunk by the german soldiers and was made with Venetian wines dilluted with water. The spritz aperitivo spread from northern Italy to the south and many variations were made , and the most popular is the one using Prosecco. And no wonder, its a incredibly fresh and tasty drink.

The flavor of Aperol is very much orangey and has but a hint of bitterness, like a whisper in the background compared to Camparis more straight forward bitterness that hits you with a force if you aren`t used to it or is sensitive for bitter flavors. Aperol is more gentle and would be a good first time bitter aperitif. I love both Campari and Aperol.

For the summer heat..here`s two refreshing summer drinks with Aperol to enjoy.

APEROL SRITZ

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2 oz Aperol
2 oz prosecco
2 oz Soda
Orange wedge

Add to a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with the orange wedge. I really like this drink and the spritz is always a tasty classic. So fresh! so tasty! best of all the drinks in this post. There`s a reason why the classics are the classics.

IL PEPE ROSA

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2 oz Gin
1 oz Aperol
1/4 oz simple syrup
Sprinkle of fresh lime
20 rosè or pink peppercorns
Ting to top
Crushed ice and mint

Muddle the peppercorns with simple syrup in the glass. Add Gin, Aperol and crushed ice to fill half the glass and stir. Top with Ting. Add more crushed ice to fill if needed and garnish with peppercorns and mint.

Nothing made with Ting can go wrong right?…Ting is the universal cocktail redeemer. Spiked up with the pink peppercorns, the clean tasting gin and the slightly bitter and fruity Aperol  makes this drink is fresh and tasty. Of course the flavor will vary depending on which gin you use, so why not experiment? To enjoy this one fully, place a short straw near the fresh mint.

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6 comments to APEROL COCKTAILS for the summer

  • Fun. I’ve been thinking of trying peppercorns in something, and you inspire me.

  • LeNell Smother’s Good Humor is an intriguing use of Aperol. It’s an egg yolk flip made with cream and Aperol and tastes just like a creamsicle ice cream pop.

    I usually muddle peppercorns but they look rather stunning cascading down the ice like that.

  • Thanks Rowen! please let me know what you`ll come up with;-)

    Frederic, peppercorns are both fun, tasty and beautiful.

    Hmm..cream, egg and Aperol sounds pretty yummy..

  • Nate

    I like to do a take on an Negroni or Old Pal using Aperol instead of Campari. In the Old Pal I also Ive played around with using sweet vermouth instead of dry vermouth making it a take on a boulevardier (but with Rye instead of bourbon).

  • To me Aperol is like Campars little cousin, a bit lighter and a bit sweeter, i like them both. But Campari is my first love and always will be though..

  • Kerri

    Try aperol with Ruby Red vodka, grapefruit juice and a splash of soda. Delicious!!

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