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An Aperol Gin Spritz Could Be This Summer’s Hottest Gin Trend

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This summer, your cocktails might just be about to get loud and proud. Serves with Italian oranges have always been popular when the weather heats up  – see blood orange gin –  but now it’s all about exploring Italy’s inspiring alcohol heritage and pairing them with your gin.

Since you can’t get much more Italian than a sunny glass of Aperol, these Aperol and gin pairings are a great starting point to explore the trend but the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating fiery, bold cocktails this season.

The Essential Aperol Gin Spritz

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Ingredients:

  • 50ml Aperol
  • 75ml Prosecco
  • 25ml gin
  • A splash of soda water
  • Orange slices, to garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Add a generous amount of ice to a large wine glass. Pour over the Aperol, followed by Prosecco then gin.
  2. Add a splash of soda water and a slice of orange or two then stir.

Aperol Gin Negroni, with Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s Gin

Recipe via Hendrick’s Gin

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 30 ml Cochi Sweet Vermouth
  • 15 ml Campari
  • 15 ml Aperol
  • 1 Orange, segments and zest

Method:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice.
  2. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wedge.

Boathouse Punch

Nick Smith

Recipe by Nick Smith.

Ingredients:

  • 225ml gin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 150ml Aperol
  • 225ml lemon juice
  • 225ml orange juice
  • 225ml grapefruit juice
  • 150ml Prosecco
  • Orange wheels to garnish

Method:

  1. Juice the lemon and reserve the peel
  2. In a bowl, muddle the lemon peel with the sugar and allow to sit for 30 minutes or overnight
  3. 30 minutes before serving add the gin, Aperol, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur and leave to steep for 30 minutes
  4. Strain into an ice filled jug
  5. Top up with Prosecco
  6. Garnish the punch bowl and glasses with orange slices.

See our summer gin cocktails guide for even more drinks inspiration.