Have you ever wondered how Aperol Spritz came to be such an integral part of aperitivo moments across the globe? The classic Aperol Spritz has been a brunch staple for me for several years but I have never stopped to think about how this iconic cocktail came to be and where it came from. I was recently sent a care package from the Aperol team, which made me do a little research of my own. I was surprised to find out that Aperol has been around since 1919, making it over 100 years old.
For those of you who aren’t aware of Aperol, it is a bright orange Italian aperitif with an unmistakable and vibrant taste that is uniquely bittersweet due to a secret mix of herbs and roots. You will find the texture to be velvety and well rounded, with long-lasting orange and wood memories that are harmonized by a touch of vanilla.
In the 1950’s the famous Aperol Spritz recipe was released and slowly became a global favourite. I’ve included the classic Aperol Spritz recipe below. If you haven’t tried it, please do and thank me later.
A common misconception is that the Aperol Spritz is only a summer drink. However, the unmistakable orange and fresh taste can light up toasts all year round. The fresh and light cocktail effortlessly pairs with a variety of appetizers and snacks ranging from crisp summer salads to flavourful autumn favourites. If you are looking to change things up and want to add an autumn twist to the classic Aperol Spritz, I have a few suggestions:
- Experiment with adding an ounce or two of apple cider.
- Add some cranberry juice and garnish with rosemary
- Make it alcohol forward with fall spirits such as vermouth, whiskey or apricot brandy.
- Muddle some pear and add a 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extra for a fruity fall flavour.
I hope this has inspired you to have Aperol moments all year long. I look forward to seeing how you Spritz this coming fall!