11 Elevated Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz

11 Elevated Twists on the Classic Aperol Spritz
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A traditional cocktail from Northeastern Italy, the Aperol spritz has become a summer standby. Sipping it on the porch or at the pool, you’ll feel like a glamorous Italian babe on the deck of a yacht in the Mediterranean.

The bare-bones classic consists of 2 parts Aperol, a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur and 3 parts prosecco (a sparkling Italian wine) and a splash of soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and a green Venetian olive, and you’re in business (just don’t forget to serve over plenty of crushed ice).

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Though Aperol is the most commonly used liqueur on this side of the pond, you can also switch things up by adding Campari or Cynar instead. Once you master the basics, though, it’s time to experiment!

All three liqueurs pair beautifully with fresh citrus, herbs and fruit. Berries help tame the bitterness of the liqueur, while the acidity of lemon or lime opens the flavors right up. The one true constant? Make sure the drink is fizzy and ice-cold.

 

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STYLECASTER | Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktails | Rosé Aperol Spritz
Rosé Aperol Spritz

Let's be honest, if there's a way for us to put rosé in something, we're going to do it. It helps lighten up your drink, adding some extra floral notes and lip-smacking acidity.

Get the recipe here.

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Aperol Spritz Sangria

Adding sangria to a classic Aperol spritz makes for an even more summery spritzer. Use premade sangria for an easier drink or whip up your own so you can customize the flavors.

Get the recipe here.

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Roasted Strawberry Aperol Spritz

Adding strawberry flavor to your spritz is easy. A combination of roasted strawberries and strawberry sparkling water doubles down on that fresh berry flavor.

Get the recipe here.

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Thyme-Infused Aperol Spritz

Spritzes aren't just for summer. The slightly bitter flavors in Aperol pair well with the rich flavors of cold-weather foods, and an infusion of thyme makes the pairing even more harmonious.

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Holiday Aperol Punch

This holiday punch takes advantage of so much seasonal citrus—grapefruit, orange, blood orange and lime—along with fragrant rosemary for a relatively low-alcohol drink your guests can enjoy all night long.

Get the recipe here.

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Cherry Aperol Spritz

Cherry soda is the key to adding big fruit flavor to your next Aperol spritz. Luxardo maraschino cherries are the perfect garnish.

Get the recipe here.

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Kombucha Aperol Spritz

Kombucha cocktails are our fave. Not only do they give a fizzy tang to your glass, but they also give a probiotic boost while you sip.

Get the recipe here.

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Amaro Spritz Punch

Aromatic and sophisticated, this is a punch is best served to those who like bitter, herbal spirits. It's made with DIY bay leaf-infused gin, Aperol and Amaro.

Get the recipe here.

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Watermelon-Ginger Aperol Spritz

Adding juiced watermelon and ginger to your spritz infuses it with fresh fruit and zingy spice that will keep your taste buds engaged sip after sip.

Get the recipe here.

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Aperol Spritz Panna Cotta

Cocktail hour meets dessert with this spritz-inspired treat, featuring silky panna cotta and topped with drunken oranges.

Get the recipe here.

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Aperol Spritz Slushies

When it's too hot out to even go to the beach, you can hole up in front of the air conditioner with an Aperol spritz slushy.

Get the recipe here.

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