The Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular drinks of the season (if you haven’t heard, we just deemed 2022 as “Spritz Girl Summer” in our latest issue). Prosecco makes up the base of the drink, and that’s topped with vibrant-orange Aperol, a slightly bitter citrus-focused aperitif with botanical and herbaceous notes, followed by sparkling water. Finally, the cocktail is crowned with an orange slice.
While personal preferences vary, the best way to make an Aperol Spritz is exactly like they do in Italy: Grab an ice-filled wine glass and use the countdown combination: 3-2-1; or, three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one part sparkling water. Mixing the drink in that exact order also eliminates the need to stir, since the liquids will perfectly fuse together on their own.
We know it’s hard to break away from the signature spritz, but why not make the most of your bottle of Aperol and try out another delicious drink? We happen to have just the thing…
Created by Harry’s Table by Cipriani, the bright and refreshing Giotto cocktail was inspired by a late 15th-century painting that included its Italian artist namesake, Giotto di Bondone, dressed in an Aperol-orange frock (far left).
Giotto Cocktail Recipe:
2 oz mandarin puree
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz St. Germain
1 oz Plantation Rum
1 ½ oz Aperol
Serve on the rocks with fresh mint and a grapefruit twist.