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
- Galileo — White port, Aperol, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice
- Avion de Papel — Aperol, Amaro Meletti, Blanco tequila, Lemon juice
- Auld Lang — Sparkling white wine, Aperol, Elderflower liqueur, Lime juice, Rosemary syrup
- El Corazon — Reposado Tequila, Sweet vermouth, Aperol, Cherry Bitters, Cherry, Grapefruit peel
- Inherent Vice (Rumdood) — Rhum Agricole, Bianco Vermouth, Aperol, Campari, Grapefruit bitters