Aperol was introduced in 1919 in the city of Padua. Brothers Silvio and Luigi Barbieri thought a low alcohol amaro would fill an unmet need in the marketplace. It’s been fairly popular ever since—mostly due to the notion of combining it with the dry Italian sparkling wine called Prosecco–the Aperol Spritz. Aperol is a less bitter amaro which makes it a good gateway to the more palate-challenging amari. It’s got a very prominent orange flavor that is easy drinking and combines well with sparkling wine or soda.
Perhaps you've heard of an Aperol Spritz? This refreshing cocktail is made of 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts sparkling wine--we recommend Rapido Prosecco for its crispness--and a splash of soda. Serve as an aperitif, at brunch as your classy mimosa alternative (despite being virtually as easy!), or just for sipping on a sunny day.