Product Type: Aperol Vodka
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an Aperol Spritz is a ''fan 'freakin' tastic'' way to start the evening
Member Name: europe-chick
Advantages: makes a lovely refreshing summer cocktail, low in alcohol
Disadvantages: not widely available
I first discovered Aperol when we lived in Graz in Austria a couple of years ago. Over the summer time I used to notice that just about everyone was drinking these sunny, bright orange aperitifs whilst sat outside a café or a bar enjoying the sunshine. I quickly discovered that it was an Aperol Spritz, and on tasting it discovered that it was absolutely ''fan 'freakin' tastic'' and absolutely delicious. Aperol Spritz was hugely popular in Graz, it was available absolutely everywhere; cafés, bars, restaurants, pubs, and beer gardens etc. Aperol Spritz was definitely 'the' summer drink to order in Graz.
Aperol Spritz is a traditional Italian aperitif - in fact it's the perfect aperitif! Aperol has a slightly bitter, yet a slightly sweet, fruity orange flavour. Just mix it with some bubbly Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and a splash of soda water, and you have a fantastic, light and refreshing summer cocktail. Really simple, and yet decidedly delicious. Festive, and yet fruity. You could also make a spritz with Campari instead of the Aperol, which would make a for a more bitter, bright red spritz. I'm not too keen on Campari, it's much too bitter for me, I much prefer Aperol. Aperol is much fruitier and lighter than Campari.
The traditional Aperol Spritz recipe is comprised of: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash of soda water, ice, and half a slice of orange. Pop the ice and the orange slice into your glass, add the Aperol, then the bubbly Prosecco, finally top up with just a splash of soda water - you don't want to add too much soda water as this just dilutes and weakens your Aperol Spritz.
There's no mistaking Aperol, it's bright orange in colour, and it has a unique taste thanks to the secret recipe which has remained unchanged since its creation in Padua in Italy in 1919. The unique flavour and unmistakable vibrant orange hue come from subtle blending and balancing of bitter and sweet ingredients. An exotic infusion of various fruits and peels including three types of orange including bitter and sweet oranges, grapefruit and hints of rhubarb with an array of herbs, roots and spices like gentian and cinchona. Aperol has a low alcohol content of only 11%. Interestingly though Aperol for sale in Germany has an alcohol content of 15% to enable it to get around the refundable bottle deposit system.
Aperol lends itself well to many cocktails; specifically orange based ones, but it also works really well with grapefruit or cranberry as well. If you want to give Aperol an extra 'kick' then vodka works well in Aperol cocktails as it doesn't overpower the taste of the Aperol at all. You can also make a version of an Aperol Spritz using white wine rather than Prosecco, it will actually taste fairly similar but it will just be a 'flatter' tasting drink as it doesn't have the sparkling wine in the drink. You could also use a cheaper version of sparkling white wine rather than the Prosecco if you wanted to as well.
I personally just like Aperol in it's classic form - as an Aperol Spritz, and my preference is always to make it with Prosecco.
Summary: an Aperol Spritz is a ''fan 'freakin' tastic'' way to start the evening
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