Aperol is a low-proof Italian apéritif that is best known for mixing with Prosecco in its eponymous spritz. Since we haven't added sparkling wine yet, we'll save that for later, but Aperol shows up in a number of excellent modern cocktails. Aperol has the lowest alcohol content of any bottle we've added thus far, but don't let that fool you; Aperol has a complex flavour with plenty of orange notes and some bitterness. It also has a beautiful orange hue that looks great in cocktails that utilize it. Even though Aperol is only 11% abv, you don't have to worry too much about it going bad because it's not a wine-based spirit.
Maybe the best way to think of Aperol is as Campari's younger sibling; it's lower proof, less bitter, and more sweet, but there are some similar flavours. Because the bitterness is less pronounced, you get a bit more botanical and especially orange flavour from Aperol. We'll feature some Aperol cocktails over the next couple posts.