A Roman friend of mine drinks these fizzy aperitifs all summer; they're perfect for sipping as the afternoon heat dies down and you're trying to figure out where to go for dinner. The Aperol Spritz is a bit more adult than a soda, but still sweet and friendly, orange-and-rhubarb flavored with just a hint of grapefruit-rind bitterness.
You can taste the Prosecco, but you certainly don't have to use something fancy.
If you want to move over to the bitter side, try the Aperol Spritz's big brother, the Campari Spritz.
This recipe is adapted from Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only.
- 4 1/4 ounces brut Prosecco
- 2 1/2 ounces Aperol
- 3/4 ounce club soda
- 1 lime wheel for garnish
Fill a Collins glass or champagne flute with ice. Pour the prosecco over, then add Aperol and club soda. Garnish with lime wheel.