This Thanksgiving, there’s a lot to be thankful for: being with family again, Aperol, being able to travel again, Aperol, seeing the bottom half of everyone’s face again…oh, and Aperol.
Yes, at Saucey we are most thankful for Aperol. The classic liqueur from 1919 is having a renaissance in the 21st century, and you don’t want to miss out on the craze. The Aperol Spritz took off during the pandemic, as people calmly sipped their bubbly whilst secluded in their homes, relishing in the botanical taste from Aperol’s three key ingredients: gentian flowers, rhubarb, and cinchona. For a second, one’s afternoon spritz break was the brightest part of the impending apocalypse.
Public health crisis averted! Mostly. But the spritz is a refreshing and versatile drink, and it deserves a long life post-pandemic. While sometimes relegated as a spring or summer drink, we at Saucey maintain the Aperol Spritz is a year-round delight that can be easily adjusted to any season, holiday, or occasion.
How to make an Aperol Spritz:
What You’ll Need:
A wine glass for everyone drinking
Sparkling white wine (we recommend Cinzano prosecco)
Orange Slices (for garnish)
- Put ice cubes in each wine glass. Remember, don’t dunk your glassware into an ice bucket or tray of ice– you can break your glass.
- Fill the wine glasses with one part Aperol. We think filling about 1/3rd of the glass makes the perfect ratio.
- Pour in an equal amount of sparkling wine. With ice, Aperol, and wine, the glasses should be 2/3rds full.
- Top your glasses with a splash of soda water. No need to stir the drinks; the carbonation from wine and soda should get everything mixed together by itself.
- Place an orange wedge on the rim, and enjoy!
If you want to make your drinks a little more seasonal, try using candied or dried orange instead of fresh. You can also alter the recipe slightly by adding a seasonal flavor, like replacing the regular soda water with a cranberry seltzer. Most fall fruit flavors mix well with the botanical flavor in Aperol, and splashing in a little cider or juice can also give the drinks a deeper, autumnal hue.
Aperol Spritz works great as the base of a “make your own” cocktail bar. It’s very easy to mix the base ingredients together (all the non-carbonated items) into a large bowl or pitcher, and then just let your guests fill their cups and top themselves off with a variety of sparkling wines, ciders, sodas, or juices.
You can order all these Aperol Spritz recipe ingredients through Saucey. You can even get free delivery, that’s how thankful we are for you. Enter your address on our website to see what items we can deliver to your door.