Why These Italian Aperitifs Are the New Drink for Summer

Lauren Powell

Courtesy of Waiting on Martha

Our favourite bitter, light and refreshing Italian aperitifs that are as vibrant in taste as they are in appearance —cue Campari and Aperol—are having a moment. And there are no complaints from us. As the perfect summer refreshments, they are here to stay to take us through the upcoming balmy nights while we envisage ourselves basking in the Italian sun. They’re also the ideal go-to refreshments when guests drop in over the summer break, so scroll down for two recipes that are simple, delicious and bound to impress.

The Aperol Spritz


60ml Aperol

90ml Prosecco

30ml soda water

Garnish, orange wedge


Build all ingredients over ice in a wine glass or short glass.

For a nice touch use a soda siphon for the soda water.

The Negroni


30ml Campari

30ml Cinzano Rosso

30ml Bulldog Gin

Garnish, orange zest


Build all ingredients in the serving glass. Stir through & serve.

Play around with the garnish. Serve with both a lemon & orange zest.

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