Aperol Spritz

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Aperol Spritz
Cocktail
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnishOrange slice
Standard drinkwareWine
Commonly used ingredients- Ice

- Prosecco - Aperol - Soda Water

- Orange Slice
PreparationAdd 3 parts Prosecco 2 parts Aperol . Top up with soda water, garnish with an orange slice and serve.

An Aperol Spritz is an Italian aperitif cocktail consisting of prosecco, Aperol and soda water. It is a very common drink in northern Italy.

The Aperol Spritz became widely popular outside of Italy around 2018 and was ranked as the world's 9th bestselling cocktail in 2019 by the website Drinks International [1][2].

The glass[edit]

Aperol Spritz is typically served in a wine glass. A unique glass, with a shape that resembles that of the Aperol bottle turned upside-down, was designed in 2016 by Luca Trazzi, a Venetian designer.

Recipe and serving suggestion[edit]

Aperol Spritz is served in a glass full of ice. The drink combines 3 parts Prosecco followed by 2 parts Aperol , topped with a dash of soda water and garnished with a slice of orange.

History[edit]

The Italian aperitif Aperol was created in Padua in 1919 by the Barbieri brothers. The original recipe has supposedly remained unchanged over time but it wasn’t until the 1950s that Aperol Spritz became a popular alternative to the usual Venetian mix of white wine and soda.

In 2003 the Aperol brand was acquired by Campari Group. The Group positioned Aperol Spritz as ‘the perfect drink for social occasions’, increasing sales to four times the pre-acquisition levels.

A ready-to-enjoy-drink version of the Aperol Spritz was launched by the company in 2011, which contained just 8% of alcohol. This was intended to give consumers a chance to enjoy the drink at home with minimal effort, by simply adding ice and an orange slice.

On June 29th 2012, Aperol Spritz ventured for a Guinness World Record as the "Largest Aperol Spritz Toast." More than 2,600 people descended onto Piazza San Marco in Venice and successfully secured the title. On April 16th 2019, the celebration of the Aperol centenary was announced at a press conference in Padua.

In 2019, Rebekah Peppler wrote a controversial New York Times piece, "The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink," criticizing the use of low-quality prosecco, the sugary taste of aperol, and dilution from ice in comparing it to a Capri Sun.[3] This sparked an outcry, including a "Rally for Aperol" in Brooklyn.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World's Best-Selling Classic Cocktails 2018 - Drinks International - The global choice for drinks buyers". drinksint.com. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. ^ "The World's Best-Selling Classic Cocktails 2019 - Drinks International - The global choice for drinks buyers". drinksint.com. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a27433680/aperol-spritz-cocktail-good-take/
  4. ^ https://www.foodandwine.com/news/aperol-spritz-rally-springs-brooklyn