Aperol Gin Cocktail Drink Recipe

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Take a trip to the scenic Amalfi Coast while sipping a quick & easy refreshing citrus drink made with Italy’s favourite aperitif.

We love making homemade Aperol Gin cocktails in the summer on the cottage dock in Muskoka or on a sun-soaked patio in Toronto.

Our traditional Aperol Gin cocktail features Aperol, premium gin, lime juice, simple syrup, soda water and lime slice.

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What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange hue. Its name comes from the French slang word for aperitif, which is apero.

Aperol was originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, but is now produced by the Campari Group. While Aperol was originally created in 1919, by Luigi and Silvio Barbieri, it did not become successful until after World War II. Although it tastes and smells much like Campari, Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%, less than half that of Campari. Aperol and Campari have the same sugar content, and Aperol is less bitter in taste. Campari is also much darker in color.

The Spritz, also known as Aperol Spritz, is the most famous Aperol-based cocktail. Another popular variant is the Aperol Gin cocktail.

Ingredients you'll need to make our homemade Aperol Gin cocktail recipe.
Ingredients you’ll need to make our homemade Aperol Gin cocktail recipe.

Travel To Italy to Sip Aperol

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with an authentic Aperol Gin cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit Italy.

While Aperol was originally served as a Spritz cocktail in the north, Italy’s most popular aperitif is now enjoyed in drinks across the country and throughout Europe and North America.

If you’ve traveled to Italy before you’ll probably have developed a fondness for aperitivo hour. Aperitivo comes from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open.” Historically, an aperitivo was an alcoholic beverage consumed before dinner to whet your appetite. Today, it’s a daily ritual that embodies la dolce vita.

True to form, this daily routine exudes Italy’s quintessential style of slowing down, socializing, drinking, and, of course, eating. In Italy aperitivo hour starts every night from around 6-9 PM at local cafes, bars, hotels, and restaurants. Italians and tourists alike take part in drinks and snacks while they unwind and catch up with friends before their evening meal filled with polenta, pasta, short rib ragu, pici, gnocchi, pizza and gelato.

Classic Italian aperitifs like vermouth, Campari, and Aperol are served at aperitivo hour with a complimentary selection of snacks like olives, crackers, cured meat and cheese.

We suggest ordering an authentic Aperol Gin cocktail after sailing through the canals in Venice, luxury car hopping in Modena, tanning on the beach in Amalfi, visiting the Pantheon in Rome, exploring Italian Renaissance treasures in The Vatican, Armani and contemporary art shopping in Milan, touring the tower in Pisa, and enjoying a Honeymoon in Tuscany with stops in Siena, Sorano, Pitigliano, Saturnia, Volterra and Florence.

Enjoy an Aperol Gin cocktail or Spritz with a view of the Amalfi Coast in Positano.
Enjoy an Aperol Gin cocktail or Spritz with a view of the Amalfi Coast in Positano.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Aperol Gin cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Our easy Aperol Gin cocktail recipe requires a shot glass, cocktail shaker and ice.
Our easy Aperol Gin cocktail recipe requires a shot glass, cocktail shaker and ice.

Aperol Gin Cocktail Ingredients

Our easy Aperol Gin cocktail is made with the best fresh ingredients:

  • Aperol: Italy’s favourite orange coloured aperitif.
  • Gin: we suggest using Aviation Gin, Hayman’s Gin or The Botanist Gin.
  • Lime Juice: we suggest using freshly squeezed lime juice. Don’t you dare use the store bought stuff!
  • Simple Syrup: we make our own homemade simple syrup but you could also spice things up by using Organic Ginger Syrup by The Ginger People.
  • Lime Garnish: adorn the rocks glass with a slice or wedge of fresh lime.

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We love serving Aperol Gin cocktails during the summer as they are refreshing on a hot day.
We love serving Aperol Gin cocktails during the summer as they are refreshing on a hot day.
Garnish our easy Aperol Gin cocktail with a slice or wedge of lime.
Garnish our easy Aperol Gin cocktail with a slice or wedge of lime.

Aperol Gin Cocktail Tips

This Aperol Gin Cocktail recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes. We love serving Aperol Gin Cocktails in the summer as they are refreshing on a hot day.

Our Aperol Gin cocktail recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

Serve the Aperol cocktail in a rocks glass or if you're hosting a party prepare the drink in advance in a large punch bowl.
Serve the Aperol cocktail in a rocks glass or if you’re hosting a party prepare the drink in advance in a large punch bowl.

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Aperol Gin Cocktail served in a rocks glass with a wedge of lime. A thirst quenching Italian summer tradition!
Aperol Gin Cocktail served in a rocks glass with a wedge of lime. A thirst quenching Italian summer tradition!

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Aperol Gin Cocktail

Learn how to make an Aperol Gin Cocktail. Our easy homemade drink recipe features Aperol, gin, lime juice, simple syrup, soda and lime slice.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Aperol Gin Cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 233kcal

Equipment

  • Shot Glass
  • Rocks glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Cocktail spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Soda Water
  • Lime Wedge

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ice cubes, Aperol, gin, lime juice and simple syrup.
  • Shake contents of the cocktail shaker for 45 seconds – 1 minute.
  • Pour contents of the cocktail shaker into a rock glass. Top with soda and muddle with a spoon.
  • Garnish Aperol Gin Cocktail with lime wedge or slice.

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Calcium: 10mg

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