There is nothing I love more on hot summer day than an Aperol Spritz. I fell hard for them on a trip to Italy last summer where it became our staple pool-side cocktail at our villa nestled in the Tuscan countryside. Many months later, I had the most gorgeous Aperol Spritz I’ve ever seen at Sam’s in Boston. The color reminded me of a phoenix rising and I’ve been trying ever since to have bartenders replicate it, to no avail.
Just as I often choose my outfits based on the shoes I’d like to wear, I also sometimes decide my drinks based on the vessel I’d like to sip from. Tuesday was a warm day, by English standards, and I was itching to use my vintage champagne glasses that my parents gave us for our wedding in March. I didn’t want champagne, so I decided to play off an Aperol Spritz and make an Aperol Cocktail. It’s cool and refreshing and perfect for a warm afternoon that isn’t so stifling that you crave ice. Here’s how to make one:
- You will need: Aperol, Prosecco or a dry sparkling wine (I used cava because I like it better), and soda water.
- In a pitcher or cocktail shaker (we left ours in Boston, accidentally… tragedy!) combine equal parts Aperol and soda water and stir with ice until it is very cold.
- Strain into a glass- the prettier the better!- and top with prosecco/sparkling wine/cava. As you add the cava, the drink will change from the color of dying embers to that of a blushing sunset. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!
It’s super easy and, as is the way with me and summer cocktail-crafting, there are no definitive measurements. Just add as much of this and that as you like until you decide it tastes right. I’d say my concoction was 3 parts cava to one part Aperol/soda water. The end result was light, bubbly, and super beautiful to both look at and consume. YUM!