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
- Sur del Sol — Pisco, Aperol, Blanco tequila, Bitters, Grapefruit bitters, Lemon juice, Agave syrup, Cucumber, Salt
- Intro to Aperol — Aperol, Gin, Bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Orange peel
- Sunset in the Garden — Aromatized wine, Aperol, Gin, Triple sec, Lemon juice, Orange flower water, Orange cream citrate, Orange peel
- Negroni (Aperol Variant) — Sweet vermouth, Aperol, Gin
- Los Altos Negros — Blanco tequila, Aperol, Zucca, Amaro Abano, Lime juice