Apparently, this trendy summer cocktail is polarizing drinkers everywhere, but if you're a super fan you're going to love these twists on the Aperol spritz.
What is an Aperol Spritz?
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The Aperol spritz is to summer 2019 what frosé was to summer 2018. And if you've read this recent New York Times article, it's apparently also a very polarizing drink. The classic Italian is made with Aperol, prosecco, soda water, and an orange slice. Aperol is a slightly bitter, orange flavored, low-alcohol (11 percent ABV) spirit. The traditional Aperol spritz formula is three parts sparkling wine, two parts Aperol, and one part soda water.
The recent surge in popularity likely came from its Instagrammable sunset color and simple ingredients, but the remnants of last year's U.S. marketing campaign led by Aperol's parent company, Campari probably didn't hurt either. Whether you like the traditional Aperol spritz recipe, would be more into a sweeter, blackberry version, or even a popsicle, we've got a recipe to make you an apéritif convert.
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This traditional Aperol spritz recipe will whisk you away to a Venetian cafe along the sea or at least make sure you drink like you're there. Orange slices and fresh thyme enhance the flavors of this simple cocktail.
Get the recipe: Traditional Aperol Spritz
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Cucumber Rose Aperol Spritz
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Rose petals are soaked overnight in Aperol before being added to prosecco and cucumber slices. The light and fizzy combo of this Aperol spritz recipe makes it the perfect post-workout, pre-dinner drink.
Get the recipe: Cucumber Rose Aperol Spritz
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Aperol Spritz Jello Shots
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Who could turn down a round of beachside jello shots? Prosecco and Aperol are mixed with lemonade and gelatin before being poured into glasses and chilled until set. Perfect for a little après jet-ski.
Get the recipe: Aperol Spritz Jello Shots
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Blackberry Aperol Spritz
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One selling point for an Aperol spritz apéritif is how simple it is to whip up at home. No need for a blender or fancy shaker to make this version—just muddle some blackberries in the bottom of a glass and pour the three usual ingredients over top.
Get the recipe: Blackberry Aperol Spritz
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Aperol Spritz Margarita
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Maybe you're not an Aperol spritz fan but can never pass up a good margarita. Just swap in grapefruit juice and tequila for a south of the border twist and you'll probably become an Aperol spritz convert.
Get the recipe: Aperol Grapefruit Margarita
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Kombucha Aperol Spritz
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Aperol Spritz Popsicles
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Nothing sounds better after a hot, sunny long run than an icy popsicle. This Aperol spritz-flavored popsicle made with sparkling wine starts Sunday Funday off right—it's the very definition of #winning.
(More boozy popsicles: This Champagne Popsicles Recipe Features Edible Flowers for Serious Swank)
Get the recipe: Aperol Spritz Popsicles
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Roasted Strawberry Aperol Spritz
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Roasted strawberries turn this simple apéritif into a sophisticated and impressive drink. The berry also cuts through the bitter flavor with a hint of sweetness.
Get the recipe: Roasted Strawberry Aperol Spritz
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Ginger Citrus Aperol Spritz
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The minimal alcohol content of an Aperol spritz means you can imbibe in one or two at happy hour sans the hangover (insert praise hands emoji). For a low-key affair, mix up a pitcher of this ginger ale, basil, and orange slice concoction and bring the backyard party nearest you.
Get the recipe: Ginger Citrus Aperol Spritz
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Aperol spritz mega-fans wax poetically about its perfect combination of bitter and bubbly. But a scoop of sorbet made with freshly squeezed orange juice and a bit of sugar (along with the star ingredient) might finally get the haters on board with the "frozen" cocktail of summer.
Get the recipe: Spritz Sorbet
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