Ah, the spritz. An Italian classic. And now in a ready-made mix available at the supermarket. Even better.
The Aperol spritz is one of the different kinds of spritzes that exist, and it's the Aperol that gives this version of the cocktail its bright orange colour. Another popular bitter which is used in the drink is Campari, which has a similar orange colour, and a higher alcohol content. Aperol was created in 1919 in Padua, in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. It's made with orange, gentian, rhubarb (seriously), and a mix of herbs. The traditional Venetian recipe for spritz includes one part prosecco, one part bitter such as Aperol, and one part sparkling water/soda. However the current adverts by Aperol call for three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one part sparkling water/soda. And that's what this little bottle of orange wonderfulness contains!