Found: The Best Aperol Cocktails to Make If You Always Order a Spritz

Updated 05/07/19

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 last year. 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 last 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. Flex your cocktail making skills and add these Aperol cocktails to your repertoire. They're the perfect summer update that'll have you saying, "What spritz?"

Aperol Cocktails—

Grapefruit Aperol Sparkling Cocktails

Aperol Cocktails—Grapefruit Aperol Sparkling Cocktails
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Ingredients

Grapefruit juice
Aperol
Voveti Prosecco
Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Grapefruit juice
Aperol
Voveti Prosecco
Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Aperol Aperitivo $25
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Summer Break Aperol Punch

Aperol Cocktails—Summer Break Aperol Punch
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Ingredients:

Strawberries
Vodka
Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine
Aperol
Blood orange soda
Club soda or seltzer water
Strawberry vodka
Oranges, thinly sliced

Strawberries
Vodka
Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine
Aperol
Blood orange soda
Club soda or seltzer water
Strawberry vodka
Oranges, thinly sliced

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Aperol Red Grapefruit Margarita Cocktail

Aperol Cocktails—Aperol Red Grapefruit Margarita Cocktail
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Ingredients

Tequila
Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Cointreau
Aperol
Lime juice
Agave syrup

Tequila
Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Cointreau
Aperol
Lime juice
Agave syrup

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Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Aperol Cocktails—Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail
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Ingredients

Watermelon, chopped
Fresh ginger
Prosecco
Aperol
Fresh watermelon juice
Ginger juice

Watermelon, chopped
Fresh ginger
Prosecco
Aperol
Fresh watermelon juice
Ginger juice

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Cranberry Aperol Spritzer

Aperol Cocktails—
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Ingredients

Aperol
Cranberry juice
Tangerine sparkling water
Orange peels for garnish

Aperol
Cranberry juice
Tangerine sparkling water
Orange peels for garnish

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Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktails

Aperol Cocktails—Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktails
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Ingredients

Raspberries or blackberries
Unrefined cane sugar
Hibiscus leaves or tea
Vodka
Hibiscus berry syrup
Aperol
Chilled ginger beer
Lime

Raspberries or blackberries
Unrefined cane sugar
Hibiscus leaves or tea
Vodka
Hibiscus berry syrup
Aperol
Chilled ginger beer
Lime

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Frozen Rosé Aperol Spritz

Aperol Cocktails—Frozen Rosé Aperol Spritz
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Ingredients

Aperol
Dry rose wine, chilled
Strawberries
Oranges
Limes
Granulated sugar

Aperol
Dry rose wine, chilled
Strawberries
Oranges
Limes
Granulated sugar

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Saint Louis Crystal Oxymore Cocktail Glass $210
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