Aperol is an aperitif amaro invented near Padua, Italy in 1919 by the Barbieri family. It is a citrus-based amaro, with the addition of rhubarb, gentian and chinchona bark. Aperol is now owned by the Campari group.
Aperol is artificially colored bright, neon orange. With only 22 proof, Aperol is quite sweet, with only a light bitterness, which makes it a great stepping stone into the world of amari. The citrus component is strong, and sweet and sour.
Aperol is famous for the Aperol Spritz: white wine or Prosecco, Aperol, and sparkling mineral water. It's a light, refreshing, summertime drink.
Some popular cocktails containing Aperol
- Cuatro Naranjas — Añejo tequila, Aperol, Orange liqueur, Campari, Orange bitters, Lime peel, Orange peel, Lime juice
- El Corazon — Reposado Tequila, Sweet vermouth, Aperol, Cherry Bitters, Cherry, Grapefruit peel
- Naked and Famous — Aperol, Herbal liqueur, Mezcal, Lime juice
- Esprit d'Escalier — Amaro Nonino, Aperol, Bourbon, Grapefruit juice
- Marquee Cocktail — Gin, Aperol, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Sage, Salt