Aperol spritz is certainly the drink of summer. While it has been an Italian staple since its creation in Padua in 1919, Aperol remained relatively under the radar in the U.S. until 2018. Now, it's everywhere: New York's Caffe Dante keeps Aperol Spritz on tap to keep up with demand, and The New York Times reports bottle sales have increased by 48% since the summer of 2018.
What Is Aperol?
Aperol is a classic Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange hue and is often popular in summer.
There's more to Aperol than the popular spritz, though. The red-orange aperitif can be served frozen like a granita, combined with tequila and grapefruit juice for a twist on the classic margarita, or mixed with hibiscus syrup and ginger beer in a mule.
The following recipes are the perfect summer update that'll have you saying, "What spritz?"
Grapefruit Aperol Sparkling Cocktails
If you love tangy, refreshing and light cocktails, then this bright orange drink by Platings + Pairings is the right pick for you. It takes less than five minutes to put together and pairs well with summertime BBQs or an afternoon by the pool.
Summer Break Aperol Punch
Made with fresh strawberries, vodka, Aperol, blood orange juice, seltzer water, and oranges, this bright, sparkly cocktail from Salt & Wind pairs beautifully with a thoughtfully put together cheese board.
Aperol Red Grapefruit Margarita Cocktail
What's not to love about a cocktail that's bright orange and made using five simple ingredients? Tequila, freshly squeezed orange juice, Cointreau, Aperol, lime juice and agave syrup come together to pack a major flavor punch in this recipe from Domesticate Me.
Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail
There's nothing like a fresh fruit-based cocktail to wow the crowd at your next garden party. Made with fresh watermelon juice, fresh ginger, chilled Prosecco, a splash of ginger juice and of course Aperol, this bright red drink by Salt & Wind has summer written all over it.
Cranberry Aperol Spritzer
Looking for a fuss-free cocktail recipe using Aperol? We've got you covered. While cranberry juice is the main ingredient, the bitter orange peels elevate the flavors in this delicious drink by Hello Glow. While it works well for summertime drinking, it also makes a wonderful cocktail for the fall season.
Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktails
Looking for a delicious vodka-based cocktail to serve at your next gathering? This hibiscus leaf-infused and berry drink from Salt & Wind is citrusy and summery with a splash of hibiscus berry syrup and a lemon twist for garnish.
Frozen Rosé Aperol Spritz
When you want your cocktail to also serve as a dessert, this delicious frosé recipe from Salt & Wind is perfect. Reach into your fruit basket for fresh strawberries and oranges, and pair it with chilled rosé wine and Aperol. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until you get a slushy, delicious mixture.