A Classic Italian Aperol Spritz Cocktail is made with only three ingredients and can be prepared in under five minutes for a perfectly crisp, bubbly and a splash of bitter sweet that can be enjoyed summer through fall.
My absolute favorite time of year is right around the corner but there is so much still to enjoy about the warmer months and the end of a fun filled summer. A Classic Italian Aperol Spritz is a warm weather favorite, but I must say, I love bringing this into my early fall tables and enjoying the bubbly flavor paired with the slightly bitter sweet Aperol. Creating an Italian inspired table will always require a Classic Aperol Spritz to make you feel right at home. If you are in full fall mode, this Apple Cider Aperol Spritz is the way to go.
I loved creating this beautiful table with Meaghan Cody from Everyday Tables. As I am preparing to entertain I always start with the menu and theme, create a signature cocktail for the evening and make sure every details from the plates, napkin and flowers are on point. The finale will always end with a delicious dessert and heading into early fall, desserts don't always have to be pumpkin or spice, but traditional homemade desserts like a Classic Tiramisu or a traditional Vanilla Bean Créme Brûlée are perfect desserts to end the night.
An easy appetizer that we are loving is a Fig and Olive Board. The salty sweet combination of the figs, olives, cheese, honey and prosciutto is a must to celebrate the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures.
What You Need:
Assorted Marinated Olives
White Cheddar Cheese
Drizzle of Honey
Setting The Table
As we are approaching fall but still graced with warmer weather, a light and airy table is a great way to make this transition. Adding fall colors in the plates, paired with natural linen table runners, napkins and black flatware are a beautiful combination to bring in the season. Florals can be more natural and leafy using olive branches for a fun and whimsical center piece.
What Is A Spritz
A classic spritz is made with three ingredients, sparkling wine, an aperitif and a splash of sparking water or soda. There are many different versions of a spritz and the flavor profile can change whether you are using Prosecco or champagne and what type of aperitif, but the this cocktail will always be a light and refreshing drink that is made with bubbles and bitters (aperitif).
What is an Aperitif or Aperol
Aperol is a type of aperitif! There are several popular aperitifs that are commonly used in an Italian Spritz, but these will all vary in bitterness. The least bitter and tends to be the most popular is Aperol. It is going to give you a very smooth spritz that can be sipped on without an extremely bitter flavor. Campari is another aperitif that is known to be more bitter than Aperol and also has a higher alcohol level. I prefer to stick with Aperol because it has a smooth finish and easy to drink!
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Classic Italian Aperol Spritz
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 3 ounces Prosecco (or champagne)
- Splash of Sparkling Water
- Oranges Slices Garnish
- Lemon Slices Garnish
- Fill a large wine glass with ice
- Add in the aperol and prosescco; stir gently to combine
- Add a splash of sparkling water to finish off the cocktail
- Garnish with orange and lemon slices
Photos by Hannah Vista Photo