Aperol is an Italian aperative, which contain both sweet and bitter orange, rhubarb, few herbs and roots. It’s very low alcohol as a bitter, just 11%. Aperol have same amount of sugar than Campari (250g/litre) but as it’s much less bitter it taste much sweeter. Aperol was invented at 1919 in Padova, Italy, after seven years of development. It is produced by Barbieri Company, which nowadays it’s owned by Gruppo Campari. Aperol was famous drink already after second world war, but its worldwide reputation has been greatly boosted by sales to Campari. Nowadays is the most sold alcohol in Gruppo Campari, bringing itself 13% of the annual sales.
Most well known Aperol cocktail is Spritz Veneziano (Aperol Spritz) where is Aperol, prosecco and soda water. 100cl bottle was bought from Maxima for price 11.99€.
Aperol is sweet, slighlty bitter, thick but very smooth. It’s less bitter and herbal than many other aperatives, which propably is caused by mass production nowadays. Often original recipes are forced to change when the sales quantities are rising fast. Anyway Aperol is so less bitter than it suits very well for those also not used to for bitter drinks. That’s maybe the reason why Aperol have belong so popular world wide. When drinking neat it’s way of too sweet, so it’s only use is to be a mixer for different drinks.