11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

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11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

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A traditional cocktail from Northeastern Italy, the Aperol spritz has become a spring and summer standby. Sipping it on the porch or at the pool, you’ll feel like a glamorous Italian babe on the deck of a yacht in the Mediterranean.

The bare-bones classic consists of 2 parts Aperol, a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur and 3 parts prosecco and a splash of soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and a green Venetian olive, and you’re in business .

Though Aperol is the most commonly used liqueur on this side of the pond, you can also switch things up by adding Campari or Cynar instead. Once you master the basics, though, it’s time to experiment!

11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

All three liqueurs pair beautifully with fresh citrus, herbs and fruit. Berries help tame the bitterness of the liqueur, while the acidity of lemon or lime opens the flavors right up. The one true constant? Make sure the drink is fizzy and ice-cold.

A version of this article was originally published August 2018.

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Let's be honest, if there's a way for us to put rosé in something, we're going to do it. , it helps lighten up your drink, adding some extra floral notes and lip-smacking acidity.

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11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

to a classic Aperol spritz makes for an even more summery spritzer. Use premade sangria for an easier drink or whip up your own so you can customize the flavors.

Roasted Strawberry Aperol Spritz

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Adding strawberry flavor to is easy. A combination of roasted strawberries and strawberry sparkling water doubles down on that fresh berry flavor.

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11 Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz That You Need to Try

Spritzes aren't just for summer. The slightly bitter flavors in Aperol pair well with the rich flavors of cold-weather foods, and makes the pairing even more harmonious.

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takes advantage of so much seasonal citrus — grapefruit, orange, blood orange, lime — along with fragrant rosemary for a relatively low-alcohol drink your guests can enjoy all night long.

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Cherry soda is the key to adding big fruit flavor to your next . Luxardo maraschino cherries are the perfect garnish.

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