The Intoxicologist

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Aperol: Setting the Standard Since 1919

Aperol, introduced in Padua, Italy in 1919, set modern day standards ahead of its time by creating a spirit with a lower alcohol content of just 11%. The trendy and easily adaptable Aperol inspired an aperitif that went on to become the signature drink of Italy; the Aperol Spritz. Even today, the Aperol Spritz continues to thrive as a classic among cocktail drinkers the world over. In a cocktail world spinning with new infusions and creations released on the market every day, a classic which has stood the test of time like Aperol should not be overlooked.

Aperol is a dark orange Italian aperitif with a sweet orange flavor. It is made from a blend of base spirit, rhubarb, chinchona, genziana and of course the best kept secret of combination herbs. Aperol is now produced by the Campari Company.

While the Aperol Spritz is the clear-cut traditional Aperol cocktail to experiment with, there are of course recipe creations to please the palate.

Aperol Spritz
2 oz Prosecco
1 oz Aperol
Splash of Soda Water

Serve over ice, garnished with an orange slice.

Aperol Royal
3 oz Spumante Brut
1 oz chilled Aperol

Pour chilled Aperol into a champagne flute. Top off with chilled Spumante Brut.

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