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Traditionally enjoyed during aperitivo, Italy's iconic take on happy-hour, Aperol Spritz is fruity, refreshing and bittersweet, not to mention the pop of colour it adds to any occasion. The vibrant orange hue and bittersweet taste come from a blend of 16 ingredients, including bitter orange and rhubarb. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, and has remained unchanged since it was first created, in 1919.
The astoundingly easy-to-make cocktail can be whipped up for an afternoon drink with a platter, a barbecue or dinner party with colleagues, friends, or family. We reckon a platter of Grilled Garlicky Tomato Bread served with cheese and cured meats is just the thing.
To make the perfect Aperol Spritz
Fill a large wine glass with ice.
Combine Cinzano Prosecco followed by Aperol as per diagram.
Add a splash of soda water.
Garnish with an orange wedge.
Make sure to use Italian Prosecco D.O.C - it's fresh, fizzy and fruity, with flavours reminiscent of apple and pear and it creates a sweet scent and a soft touch in the mouth. Compared to other sparkling wine, which tends to be more acidic and too fruity, Italian Prosecco blends perfectly to enhance the bittersweet botanical flavours in an Aperol Spritz.
In store look on the neck of the wine bottle for the label that says D.O.C. or D.O.C.G. which is the identifier of authentic Italian Prosecco, as well as a bright orange bottle of Aperol to create this vibrant, juicy bittersweet drink - available at all good liquor stores.