Aperol Spritz

Recipe:
3 ozDry Sparking WineNote: Such as Prosecco or Cava
2 ozAperol
1 ozSeltzer
Instructions:Fill a wine glass with ice. Add the sparkling wine, the Aperol, and then the seltzer water. Garnish with an orange slice.
Aperol Spritz
Cocktail Talk:

Not only is "spritz" really fun to say, it's also quick and easy to make with just three ingredients. Basically, the Aperol Spritz is a home run.

Aperol is a bitter, orange and herbal liqueur originally from Northern Italy. I think it's fair to say that Aperol is Campari's little brother (and given that Campari now owns Aperol, I don't think they'd be mad at me for saying that.) It's not as bitter as Campari, it has a more pronounced orange flavor, and is lower in ABV.

Choosing a good sparkling wine for this drink is important, but don't break the bank. I like to use something on the drier side (less sweet) so it doesn't cover up the flavor of the Aperol. Prosecco is the most traditional, but a lot of the ones sold on the market are slightly too sweet for my taste. I have had the best luck using Spanish Cava, but you're free to experiment with whatever you have on hand.

The Aperol Spritz is a drink that is refreshing enough to please the novice drinker and complex enough to appeal to the seasoned boozehound.