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The Italians Are Coming: Aperol to the Beverage Rescue

It’s a dinner party for Suzen and me tomorrow. Small in number but wide in flavor interests.

We have four guests coming and there will be a fresh corn salsa that all will enjoy. After that, it can be challenging. The four people have quite different beverage likes and dislikes. How can you easily meet the beverage needs of good friends you want to please? It’s pretty simple. Have on hand a couple of base liquors and some juices. With a half dozen things, you can easily prepare a wide range of cocktails. You can dazzle without breaking a sweat.

In honor of my Italian friend, I’m using Aperol as one of the alcoholic drivers.

First, here’s the ingredients list:

  • Vodka, chilled of course
  • Aperol, chilled
  • Proseco
  • Orange juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Fresh limes slices and orange slices

And here’s the collection of cocktails I be ready to offer my guests:

For the Vodka Drinker:

He gets his glass straight up with ice cubes and a slice of lime.


For the Pure Aperol Lover: Aperol on the Rocks

Just pour Aperol over ice and garnish with a slice of orange.


For the Orange and Aperol Lover: Aperol Orange

1 part Aperol and 3 parts orange juice, over ice and garnished with an orange slice.


For the Aperol and Vodka types: Aperol Vodka

2 parts Aperol to 1 part Vodka, over ice, mixed, garnished with a lime slice.


For the Aperol Juice Freak: Aperol Citrus

2 parts Aperol, 1 part orange juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, shaken and poured over ice.


For the lover of Sparkling Wine: Aperol Spritz

3 parts Aperol to 2 parts Proseco.


There you are. Six beverages, including simple vodka on the rocks. Some people are very particular about their cocktails. Others folks are more flexible or more curious or just downright inventive.

With these ingredients, there is hard core alcohol available in the vodka, sour from the Aperol, sweetness from juice, and tiny bubbles, tiny bubbles from the Proseco. It is not a hard setup to arrange, and it will make our guests feel their individual needs are appreciated.

I’ll have everything on ice on the countertop. People can mix and match to their own delight. I won’t mind if someone just puts Proseco and orange juice together. [There is a reason some beverages are considered classic.]


Source: and Brian O’Rourke

Aperol Sweet and Sour: A Great Party Drink for the Super Bowl


This weekend will find many of us giving or attending parties. Long parties. That Super Bowl stretches for four hours. During that time, we will all munch and we will all imbibe.

A responsible host knows that if guests are drinking over that extended period of time, there are some risks. It is quite possible that someone could get more than a little tipsy and you don’t want them behind the wheel. What is a host or hostess to do?

First, you can arrange to not serve standard cocktails during the whole event. May one at the start, and then encourage people to lighter fare: wine, punch, lemonade, … There are many choices, not all of them alcoholic, and in fact the next few posts here will provide you with some liquid options that no one will complain about.

Here is the first option for you: a cocktail tingling in flavor but low in alcohol. It’s made with my new favorite, Aperol, which just happens to be only 11% alcohol. Mixed with citrus juices and a little sugar syrup, you have a lively drink that people can sip, enjoy, and comingle with that food spread you have provided.

Aperol Sweet and Sour

Yield: 1 serving


  • Shaved ice and ice cubes
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce of simple sugar syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optionally, slices of lemon or lime for garnish


Fill a small cocktail glass with shaved ice. If you wish, the glass can be rimmed with sugar.

Put several ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the Aperol, sugar syrup, and juices. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Pour into the cocktail glass and enjoy.

Source: Brian O’Rourke