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Aperol and Soda- A Quick Aperol Drink

Aperol and Soda- A Quick Aperol Drink

Aperol and soda is a wonderfully light and delicious drink. It tastes great as your primary drink on hot evenings or as a light drink before dinner, as an aperitif.

Aperol liquor is actually made from rhubarb! It requires little to no mixers to make a drink with it and it screams warm sunny days when you sip on it!

The Origin Of Aperol-

Aperol was invented in Italy by two Italian brothers in the early 1900’s and became popular around the world ever since. Even though this liquor is made with rhubarb, it has hints of orange and it actually tastes slightly sweet at the beginning of a sip and then slightly bitter at the end. It really goes well in so many drinks or on its own.

Aperol vs Campari-

Many people confuse Aperol and Campari (the other red Italian liquor). Both are similar in flavor but are made of a different blend of herbs, invented at different times and in different areas of Italy. Aperol is also made with part rhubarb and it is not as bitter as Campari.

Aperol to me is a clear winner in taste and versatility since you can drink it on its own without any uncomfortable bitterness. I would still recommend trying Campari if you haven’t.

A traditional Aperol spritzer is made with Aperol and Prosecco but for this drink I’m using soda water and a little simple syrup (optional). This makes it a really easy cocktail to make since most people already have these items in their house. It also tastes really delicious.

Aperol is an Apertif-

This Aperol and soda makes a great aperitif cocktail as well. If you are not familiar with apertifs, it is a cocktail that is served before a meal to get the digestive system moving and ready to eat a meal. Italians have many liquors they use for apertifs and Aperol is one of them.

Other Mixers to use with Aperol-

You can use tonic, bubbly water, ginger beer or any sparkling beverage that you have on hand. That’s why I love this liquor because it is so versatile!

Here are the 3 simple ingredients for this Aperol and Soda drink:

  • Aperol
  • soda water
  • simple syrup (optional)

If you decide to make the simple syrup portion of this drink, I have a recipe that will guide you through making a simple syrup. You can just omit the added flavor and follow the instructions using just the sugar and water portion.

I make this Aperol and soda drink so often that I don’t even measure it out. There really is no “too much” of any ingredient that will make this drink bad. If you are into not measuring your liquor or don ‘t have a proper shot glass or measuring tool, you can just use the count method for this and count to two while pouring (one, two, done).

Traditionally, Aperol is considered a warm weather drink. It is bright in color, slightly sweet and light on the alcohol. This makes it perfect for sipping on hot days.

However, if you have thought Aperol is just for warm weather (though this is what most people think of when they hear this drink) it is not. I love drinking Aperol all year round, even at the holidays. It makes for a nice light drink with appetizers or at holiday gatherings.

My other favorite way to drink Aperol is this Aperol and rhubarb fizz. It is really tasty and that extra rhubarb added to the drink compliments the rhubarb flavor of the Aperol beautifully. This drink requires a little more prep time because it has a rhubarb flavored simple syrup but it is totally worth the effort.

If you are looking for some more great drink ideas aside from this Aperol drink:

Now that I have told all about Aperol and how delicious and versatile it is, I hope you are ready to give it a try! No bar setup should be without this delicious liquor and I know once you try this you will agree.

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Aperol and Soda: A Quick Aperol Drink

a quick and delicious Aperol drink that is very versatile
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 person


  • 2 ounces Aperol roughly 2 shots
  • 3-4 ounces soda water or tonic water
  • 1 splash of simple syrup or fruit juice
  • 1 lemon quarter
  • ice


  • In a rocks glass, pour your shot, simple syrup (or juice) and soda water over ice
  • Squeeze your lemon wedge into the drink
  • lightly stir
  • enjoy!


For 21 years and over!

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