Aperol Tequila Cocktail Drink Recipe

This refreshing Aperol Tequila Cocktail recipe is a classy drink to serve on a hot summer day.

Our easy homemade recipe features premium tequila, Aperol, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and fresh lemon juice.

It is both floral and fruity, muddling the tart flavour of lemon with sweet elderflower.

Serve this delicious aperol and tequila drink in a rocks glass garnished with a dehydrated citrus wheel or orange slice.

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What Is An Aperol Tequila Cocktail?

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.

St Germain is sold in a beautiful eye-catching bottle, which is a reflection of the fine artisanal French liqueur held within.

It is made with fresh hand-picked elderflower blossoms, without the use of preservatives. The aromas are fruit driven with floral hints. On the palate expect tropical fruit, citrus, pear and a hint of honeysuckle sweetness.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious Aperol Tequila Cocktail recipe muddle our refreshing tipple at your next dinner party.

Shake together St Germain, Aperol and Tequila with freshly squeezed lemon juice for a sublime summer sip!

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Homemade Aperol and Tequila Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Homemade Aperol and Tequila Cocktail recipe ingredients.

Travel To Italy To Sip A Tequila Aperol Drink

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with an Aperol Tequila Cocktail then by planning a vacation to visit Italy.

Today, Italy’s most popular aperitif is 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 a Aperol Tequila 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, and Volterra.

Serve this Tequila Aperol Cocktail in a rocks glass garnished with a dehydrated citrus wheel.
Serve this Tequila Aperol Cocktail in a rocks glass garnished with a dehydrated citrus wheel.

Tequila Aperol Recipe Ingredients

This homemade Aperol and Tequila drink recipe is made with premium ingredients:

  • Tequila: we suggest using premium brands like Dobel, Patron or Jose Cuervo.
  • Aperol: a bright orange-coloured herb infused aperitif from Italy most famously added to The Spritz.
  • St Germain Liqueur: this luxurious French liqueur is sweet and floral, prepared with elderflowers.
  • Lemon Juice: always use freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can taste the difference!
  • Garnish: a dehydrated citrus wheel or fresh orange slice.
We love serving this refreshing Aperol Tequila Cocktail recipe in the summer on a hot day.
We love serving this refreshing Aperol Tequila Cocktail recipe in the summer on a hot day.

Aperol Tequila Cocktail Recipe Tips

This tart and tangy Aperol Tequila Cocktail is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes.

Our 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 festive punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

We’ve used tequila blanco in this recipe but you can substitute with your favourite golden aged tequila or even a smoky mezcal.

Add a splash of sparkling water or soda to the drink to give it a delightful fizz and make it less boozy.

An hour or two before you’re planning on serving drinks we suggest placing the Aperol, St Germain and tequila bottle in the freezer so they are well chilled.

This tequila cocktail features the flavours of orange and elderflower.
This tequila cocktail features the flavours of orange and elderflower.

Best Tequila For Cocktails

We recommend sipping a variety of tequila brands in order to find your favourite. Each tequila brand has a unique method for harvesting agave, distilling and aging & barreling the final product.

Here are the world’s top selling tequila brands worthy of being muddled into homemade Aperol and Tequila drink:

Aperol Tequila Cocktail Photo Image.
Aperol Tequila Cocktail Photo Image.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Aperol Tequila 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 bartender’s 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.
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How To Make An Aperol Tequila Cocktail

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Tequila Aperol Cocktail

How to make an Aperol Tequila Cocktail. Our easy drink recipe features Mexican tequila, Italian Aperol and French St Germain Elderflower liqueur.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Aperol Tequila Cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 239kcal


  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Rocks glass


  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 0.5 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • Dehydrated Lemon Wheel garnish


  • In an ice-filled shaker, add tequila, aperol, st germain and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 30-45 seconds until cold.
  • Pour into an ice filled cocktail glass and garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14.1g | Calcium: 2mg

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