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Lush Guide to Aperol

The Aperol Spritz has taken the world by storm, but what is Aperol exactly? It’s an Italian liqueur that is on everyone’s lips and one of three ingredients in what might be the most popular cocktail in the world!

Aperol Bottle

Recognizable by its bright orange colour, the classic Aperol Spritz cannot be missed. It’s seen everywhere, at every bar, every restaurant, especially on a hot day. It’s so easy to make and so easy to drink. It’s also a gorgeous color and most importantly it tastes great. So let’s explore what makes it so great. (We’ll talk about the garnish later!)

What is Aperol

The original makers of Aperol were Silvio Barbieri and his brother Luigi in Northern Italy and in 1919, they launched this new spirit onto the world. The word itself, Aperol, come from word apéro which is the French word for aperitif!It became all the rage after the war, but in recent years, the Aperol Spritzes became the cocktail of choice after the Gruppo Campari bought it and heavily marketed it and its favorite cocktail.

Although it is slightly bitter, the spirit that is Aperol is technically a liqueur, not an Italian Amaro. It is slightly confusing as it tastes bitter. Like a liqueur, Aperol has added sugar so I like to think of it as a bitter liqueur. It is equally enjoyable being drunk in all different ways, neat or in a spritz or just with club soda or soda water. It is usually served as an aperitif, or a pre-dinner drink to stimulate your appetite!

Aperol closeup

How you garnish Aperol

You can use orange peel or an orange twist to bring out the bitter orange notes. Or act like a Venetian and always garnish it with a green olive!

How does Aperol taste

The recipe is secret, so don’t ask them. It seems to be the perfect balance between bitter and sweet, thanks to its infusion of herbs, such as gentian and cinchona bark, and sweetness from rhubarb and oranges, among other ingredients.

  • Color: Reddish Orange
  • Nose: Sugary Oranges
  • Taste: Sweet orange with a bitter tinge
  • Finish: The slight bitterness stays with you
  • Alcohol: 11% – thus, the Spritz has become one of the most popular Low-ABV cocktails.

Why Lush Life loves it

As the Aperol Spritz is one of the easiest and prettiest cocktails to make, it wows your guests. Just popping open the bottle of Prosecco makes it a party, so I think it’s a great bottle to have in your liqueur cabinet. Also as it is so low ABV, it’s a work night cocktail as well!

Top Tip(ple)🍸: If you love tonic, try the Aperol Tonic as well.

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Where you can buy Aperol

UK: You can find Aperol at Spirits Kiosk. (don’t forget to use ALushLife10SK to get 10% off! – it’s only for my readers and good on anything in their shop!

USA: You can find Aperol on!

Cocktails made with Aperol

Cocktail with Aperol

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