Is it spring yet? If you're getting primed for warmer weather, we recommend a little Aperol: it's fruity and fresh like a summer drink, but bracing and bitter like the citrus of winter. If you are looking for ways to use up the last of February's citrus, pairing it with this Italian aperitif is just the ticket. (It's also delicious mixed with a wide range of spirits and liqueurs, or just used to flavor a glass of Prosecco.) Here are 10 delicious cocktail recipes to get you started:
- Cheeky Negroni
- Aperol Spritz
- Cotogna's Aperol Fizz
- The Paper Plane
- Aperol Gin Punch
- Rosemary, Baby!
- Descanso Beach Smash
- The Two-One-Two
This Pimm's Cup variation from The Modern in NYC brings together Aperol, Pimm's, and rich apricot liqueur, lightened with a splash of bitter tonic and garnishes of cucumber and mint.
This less-robust Negroni variation is just the right sipper for spring, leaving behind heavier ingredients for Aperol, Lillet Blanc, and delicately flavored Hendrick's gin.
You'll see this drink all over Italy: it's easy to make and easy to drink. The Aperol lends a rosy hue and bittersweet punch to Prosecco lengthened with soda.
This rich, tart, and frothy spin on the Aperol Spritz leaves out the Prosecco and adds an eggwhite for texture. At the restaurant, this drink is fizzed up with an old fashioned soda siphon, but a regular pour of seltzer will work fine too.
Though you often see Aperol combined with lighter spirits, it can work well with aged alcohols as well. We're a little obsessed with this cocktail lately: equal parts good bourbon, rich Amaro Nonino, fresh lemon, and Aperol make for a delicious combination.
This big batch of punch is ready for a party. It's tangy, a little herbal, and strong, flavored with lime, grapefruit, and orange. You might want to thin it with sparkling wine if you're looking to slow down the party's pace a bit.
This punch from Brooklyn's Prime Meats is based on Aperol infused with fresh rosemary for a rich piney flavor, offset with honey, bourbon, and sparkling wine.
Sometimes you're not looking for a spirit-forward cocktail, and would rather focus on flavor than booze. In that case, this tasty aperitif from Jackson Cannon of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston is for you. It brings together fresh orange juice with Aperol and herbal-bittersweet Amaro Montenegro.
A vacation sipper that's not too sweet, spiked with rye and Aperol, and flavored with fresh muddled lemon and mint.
Created by Willy Shine, this cocktail is easy to remember: two parts reposado tequila, 1 part Aperol, two parts fresh grapefruit juice. It manages to be both rich and refreshing, just right for urging on warmer weather.
How do you like to drink Aperol? Let us know your favorite combinations in the comments section below.
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