If you’re looking for an easy-to-make cocktail at home, look no further than the Aperol Spritz. It may be just the right drink to keep your cool literally and figuratively while still under the #worldslongestlockdown.
The history of the Aperol Spritz dates back to the Napoleonic wars of 1805, when a portion of Northern Italy was under Austrian rule. Soldiers added a “spritz” or literally a splash of water into the Italian wines they were drinking to make them less acidic in taste. The water later evolved to soda or fizzy water, and the wine to a combination of Aperol and Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine.
The name Aperol is derived from the French “aperitif,” a term generally used to describe light, pre-dinner drinks meant to stimulate the appetite, but not weigh down the palate nor get you drunk. That’s exactly the kind of drink that Aperol was designed to be.
In just five minutes, you can easily prepare an Aperol Spritz at home using three main ingredients—Aperol, Prosecco, and sparkling or soda water—and with no need for any special bar tools. You can use measuring cups or spoons in lieu of a jigger or a shot glass to measure the liquids. This zero-intimidation drink just requires you to dump the ingredients in a large wine glass or tumbler, add loads of ice, then garnish with a slice of orange, and you’re good to go.
60 ml Aperol
60 ml Prosecco
20 ml soda water or sparkling water
1. Pour all ingredients into an Aperol spritz glass or a large wine glass.
2. Add ice and garnish with an orange slice.
Of course, feel free to experiment and add other ingredients to the mix or substitute any ingredient. As long as you have the Aperol as the base, you can play with the proportions to come out with your own best version.
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