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Aperol Spritz

Picture this – a refreshing, bubbly, slightly sweet and bitter, and sunset orange drink! Hello Aperol Spritz! Italy’s favorite Summer drink is represented in this web story.

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Downshiftology’s recipe is one of the ten featured in this web story.

What is an Aperol Spritz?

An Aperol Spritz is an Italian wine-based, Italian summer cocktail. In addition, it is crisp, refreshing, slightly sweet, and bitter. Finally, this cocktail is best enjoyed on hot, Summer days.

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The Origin of the Aperol Spritz

According to Town and Country Magazine, this refreshing drink traces back to the 1800s in portions of the Veneto region of Northern Italy.

During that time, this region was controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the soldiers reported that Italian wines were too strong. Therefore, they “lightened them with a splash of “spritz” or water.” Although the concept of this beverage was developed in the 1800s, the name was not used until the early 1900s.

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Aperol Spritz Ingredients

Usually, this cocktail is made with four simple ingredients which makes it easy to make, enjoy, and serve! Furthermore, the classic ingredients include –

  • Aperitif
  • Prosecco
  • Soda Water
  • Orange
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The Aperol Spritz Trend

After sipping this Italian summery cocktail, you won’t be hard-pressed to find out why it is so popular. Although the name started being used in the early 1900s, it wasn’t until a campaign in 1990 that “launched this orange liquor as a global phenomenon,” according to the Laura Jean blog.

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Imagine young, carefree people sipping on a sunset orange, bubbly, and refreshing beverage. Without a doubt, you would want to join them too. Essentially, that’s what the 1990 marketing campaign did!

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Furthermore, the New York Times reports that Americans, especially, enjoy this drink because of “their interest in more bitter tastes in recent years, the lightness of this drink, and the lower alcohol content” overall.

In conclusion, with its affordability, lower alcohol content, and natural ingredients, this refreshing cocktail is sure to keep its popularity in the beverage world.

Aperol Spritz Recipes Included

Within this web story, there are ten recipes for this beautiful, crisp, and refreshing Summer-inspired cocktail. Furthermore, half of the recipes represented are variations of the classic cocktail with alcohol. On the other hand, there are five recipes for a non-alcoholic mocktail. Finally, enjoy crafting, sharing, and enjoying this delightful drink! Sip slowly, immerse in conversation, and make memories with the ones you cherish most.

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