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New Year’s Eve Aperol Spritz – Ring in the new year with one of this year’s hottest cocktails, The Aperol Spritz made with Aperol and Prosecco.
This past year I might have explored my inner cocktail self – and yes, that’s a thing. (WINK) And my all-time favorite turned out to be the Aperol Spritz. It’s bright, tart, and bubble – kind of like me.
What is Aperol
Aperol is an Italian aperitif with the flavor and aroma of orange. It has a nice blend of bitterness and sweetness with a little earthiness. The first time I had an Aperol Spritz was with my daughter when she ordered one before dinner one night. I took one sip and I fell in love with this cocktail. After that night, it became my go-to drink to order when we were out. And I can’t believe that I had never heard of it before then.
New Year’s Eve Aperol Spritz Ingredients
- APEROL – you must get the real thing for this cocktail. No knock-offs or substitutions. You’ll know it by the bright orange color.
- PROSECCO – this is an Italian drink so you must use an Italian sparkling wine which is called Prosecco. You can buy Prosecco anywhere wine is sold. And by the way, it’s usually less expensive than Champagne.
- SPARKLING SODA WATER – buy a decent brand of sparkling water for this cocktail. No need to go too high end, but definitely don’t buy a generic.
- SLICE OF LEMON – most Aperol Spritz drinkers will tell me I’m all wrong with lemon because most Aperol Spritzes are made with a slice of orange. I love using the lemon because that’s how the bartender made it the first night I had one with my daughter.
- FRESH MINT – this is a must! As far as I’m concerned it’s not an Aperol Spritz if there isn’t any mint and the more mint the better.
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New Year’s Eve Aperol Spritz
- 1.5 ounces of Aperol
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Sparkling soda water
- 1 lemon slice
- Mint for garnish
- Fill an 8-ounce glass 1/2 way with crushed ice.
- Add a slice of lemon to the side of the glass.
- Add Aperol, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Fill the glass almost full with Prosecco.
- Top off with a little bit of soda water.
- Garnish with a big handful of fresh mint.