kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Orange Juice: Aperol's bitter appeal

Aperol is the best selling liqueur in Italy. I like to think of it as the kindler, gentler Campari--still with appealing bitter notes, but with some nice burnished orange to balance it out. The color is cool too--reminds me of orange jello.

I recently got my hands on a bottle, and did some experimenting. It's a booze that easily lends itself to fizz in the form of club soda or sparkling wine (Prosecco, specifically). Here are 2 easy favorite recipes:

Aperol Spritz
1 1/2 oz. Aperol
2 oz. sparkling wine (or more to taste). I like to use Prosecco.
Splash of sparkling wine

Mix together, add to rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange slice, wedge or twist.

I also found this one on

Bitter Crush
Crushed ice
2 ounces (1/4 cup) Aperol (bitter orange aperitif)
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
Garnish: 1 (1 1/2-inch-long) lemon twist

Fill an 8- to 10-ounce highball glass with crushed ice. Stir together Aperol, rum, lemon juice, and bitters in a small glass measuring cup. Add sugar to taste, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then pour over ice.

**I amended this one a bit by adding some club soda, which cut the alcohol a bit and made it a bit easier to drink.

Aperol retails for about $23.