The Aperol Spritz [or simply called a ‘Spritz‘] in the summer is to Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the fall. I am not going to say its “basic”; because there is nothing basic about it. But it’s definitely becoming the adult beverage that every female (and male) talks , writes, photographs, and Instagrams about. If you’ve vacationed anywhere around the Mediterranean ( particularly France, Greece, or Italy ) I guarantee you’ve seen these Fanta colored beverages being served everywhere. If a blogger has recently been to Europe you are bound to find at least one Instagram post that includes the word ‘Spritz‘ in it. This aperitif is taking the world by storm and for damn good reason!
My first introduction to the Spritz was in Greece. I noticed my girlfriend ordering this vivid orange drink (almost always served in a wine goblet accompanied with a simple orange slice) at every single restaurant we dined at. My curiosity sparked and I asked her to give me the lowdown. “It’s a super popular drink from Italy, everyone drinks it over there”.
“When you first try it, you are not really sure what to think of it. It’s a little bitter and the aftertaste is odd. But then, something happens… the more you drink, the better it tastes.”
I was intrigued.
I asked the waiter for the ingredients and he told me “Prosecco, Aperol, Soda, and ice”. No simple syrup? No sugary mixers? I ordered it right away.
I don’t know what it is, but this drink is seriously addicting and SO DELICIOUS! I soon found myself sitting down at restaurants and ordering the entire table an Aperol Spritz before the drink menu was even handed to us. I was hooked.
When we were boarding the plane back home I cried a little as I said goodbye to vacation life; the warm Mediterranean sunshine, crystal clear blue waters, and my Aperol Spritz.
The following weekend we went out to dinner with a group of friends. I ordered my typical Rosè and sat in silence for a good 10 minutes. It just wasn’t the same. I missed Europe. I missed my Spritz.
A few weeks later my post vacations blues had lifted and Jason and I ventured out for drinks with friends. I walked into Under Current in SLC and as I was browsing through the drink menu I saw it….
An. Aperol. Spritz. In. Utah. -My God!-
Move over Rosé… this beverage is the quintessential summer cocktail! It’s the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. It’s refreshing. It’s delicious. AND drum roll please….It’s lower in calories than most other cocktails. YES PLEASE! If you have not tried it yet, you can go ahead and thank me now for getting you hooked on Italy’s most famous summer aperitif.
Here is the traditional recipe for an Aperol Spritz (aka your new best friend):
- 4 1/4 ounces brut Prosecco.
- 2 1/2 ounces Aperol.
- 3/4 ounce club soda.
- 1 orange wheel for garnish.
Everyone knows alcohol is terrible for that bikini body.. but guess what? Life is short and I am going to continue enjoying cocktails with friends (In moderation). In order to cut down on unnecessary calories I like to custom order my Spritz. Now, I don’t have exact measurements because it depends on my mood and how much Aperol I want to taste, so don’t get mad at me if it’s a little vague.
Maybe I’ll perfect the recipe over the winter months and update the blog with the ‘Perfect Skinny Spritz‘ recipe.
- Fill most of the cup with Prosecco
- Pour soda water
- Top off with a little Aperol for flavor. Here’s where you can increase or decrease the amount depending on your personal preference. Less Aperol = less calories (obviously)
Voila! The ultimate summer beverage to keep you cool, refreshed, and make you feel as though you’re back in your little black bikini, sunbathing in the Med again.