Most people are no stranger to Aperol, made famous through the Aperol Spritz – a popular summertime cocktail and taste of Italy consumed the world over. But, what makes this Italian-made apértif so special? What else can you do with it? And why has its legacy withstood the test of time. The truth is Aperol is unique, if nothing else. There really is nothing else like it and those who drink it, love it.
We hosted an event at Lismore Castle in beautiful Lismore, Ireland recently and Aperol was on the drink menu. Most of the guests were familiar with it, but it was a time to explore exactly what could be done with this refreshing and special beverage. Aperol is owned by the Campari company and was created in 1919. It’s composition is a mix of bitter and sweet oranges, rhubarb as well as a secret blend of herbs and roots. There is 11% alcohol content, which makes it perfect to mix.
Over the course of the three-day weekend, we used Aperol to offer guests Aperol Sprits’ in the garden (a perfect mix of Aperol, prosecco, soda water and orange), as well as served it on the rocks with a splash of soda water. Some mixed it with a bit of bourbon and lemon juice on the rocks. Others sipped shots of the apértif in a shot glass. The bitterness of the Aperol is versatile and goes well with an array of surprising things.
Aperol is sold around the world and is the perfect bottle to spice up any gathering, party or lazy afternoon.