You know it’s summer when you see an Aperol Spritz being enjoyed by almost everyone in Los Angeles who is above the legal drinking age. They are FRESH, TANGY AND BUBBLY. A triple threat, if I do say so myself. But, what is Aperol and why does everyone love it?
Aperol is an Italian aperitivo that was created in the early 1900’s. The Straight Up, a great resource for all cocktail details and background behind our sipping favs, describes the ingredients to be an “infusion of herbs and plants.” These include rhubarb, herbs and other natural ingredients. According to VinePair, the flavor of this bright orange and stunningly consistent maintains a bittersweet orange and herbal undertone. The alcohol content on Aperol is approximately 11%.
HEY LADY CAN I GET A SPRITZ HERE?
I know, I know. What we’ve all been waiting for. The SPRITZ! I imagine using jazz hands every time I say the word Spritz. Cue Napoleon Dynamite.
The Aperol Spritz is taking Happy Hour menus by storm and cooling down the residents of the current heatwave. An Aperol Spritz, most commonly served in Northeast Italy (before Los Angeles got its paws on it). Similar to Lillet, if you remember my favorite French apéritif:
- Apéritif (or Aperitivo): An apéritif is an alcoholic drink typically consumed before a meal to stimulate the appetite
Sounds like dessert before dinner, if you ask me. Yes please.
An Aperol Spritz is made with Aperol (I hope you aren’t surprised), Prosecco traditionally, a “dash” of soda water and a slice of orange for decoration (and a snack).
“WHAT MAKES APEROL SPRITZ, APEROL SPRITZ
The orange is unmistakable, a vibrant color which lights up your toasts and adds joy to the moment. Everything else is brought to the table by the inner lighthearted spirit of the Aperol Spritz: the spirit that makes people spontaneously come together and sparks nothing but good times. This spirit is also unstoppable: it’s hard to hold back from enjoying a toast with friends, one orange sip at a time.”
No truer words have ever been spoken.
Delicious, refreshing and absolutely GORGEOUS. You’ll be making all the other cocktails jealous! Cheers and HAPPY SPRITZING!