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Home FAQ About Aperol

About Aperol

Is Aperol vodka?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter aperitif and is made in a different way to vodka. 

Is Aperol sweeter than Campari?

Yes. Aperol is considered the sweeter of the two drinks, but they both have bittersweet profiles.

Is Aperol a fruit?

No. Aperol is not a fruit. It is made from a secret blend of ingredients, including orange, vegetal gentian root, and cinchona. Combined, these give it a bittersweet citrus-led taste.

Is Aperol a fortified wine?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif and is made in a different way to fortified wine.

How do you hold an Aperol glass?

You can either hold your Aperol glass by the body, or by the stem. Holding by the body tends to warm the drink a little more, which melts the ice, but it’s totally up to you!

What fruit is in Aperol?

The Aperol recipe is kept under lock and key, but we know it includes a host of vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, herbs, roots and bark. Aperol’s key ingredients include orange, vegetal gentian root, and cinchona. It has a bittersweet citrus-led taste.

Is Aperol wine?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif and is made in a different way to wine or fortified wine. 

Is Aperol Spritz?

Aperol is the key ingredient of Aperol Spritz. The International Bartender Association certified recipe says it’s three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol and one part soda water. Read more about Aperol Spritz here

Is Aperol gin?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif. Although it contains roots and herbs like gin does, it’s made in a different way to gin and has a different flavor profile. 

Is Aperol a wine?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif and is made in a different way to wine. 

Is Aperol a spirit?

No. Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif and is made in a different way to spirits. 

How do you open Aperol bottle?

Aperol has a screw top so it’s easy to open. Be sure to screw it back on tight once you’ve served your drinks to keep it fresher for longer.

Is Aperol a liquor?

Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif liquer, with dominant flavours of orange and cinchona. 

Is Aperol vermouth?

No. Unlike Aperol, which is an apéritif, Vermouth is a fortified aromatic wine that has a subtly spiced flavor with a hint of bitter on the finish. Vermouth can be either sweet or dry.

Does Aperol taste bitter?

Aperol is more bittersweet that conventionally bitter. It has a sophisticated, well-rounded taste of citrus peels and essential citrus oils, offering a distinctive freshness and unmistakable aroma. 

Is Aperol an aperitivo?

Yes. Aperol is the epitome of an aperitivo, which originates from the Latin word ‘Aperire’ meaning ‘to open your appetite’. It’s a gentle and joyful start to a meal, typical of the laidback spirit of the Veneto region in which it was born.

What type of alcohol is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif infused with orange, gentian, chinchona, and an array of other herbs and spices. It’s one of the amaro family of spirit-based, bitter drinks also include Campari, Select and Cynar. Find out more about amaro drinks here.

Is Aperol an apéritif or digestif?

Aperol is an apéritif. If you forget, simply look at the similarities of the words Aperol / apéritif. Aperitivo originates from the Latin word ‘Aperire’ meaning ‘to open your appetite’. It’s a light and convivial start to a meal, representative of the easy-going spirit of the Veneto region in which it was born.

Does Aperol taste sweet?

Aperol is more bittersweet that conventionally sweet. It has a sophisticated, well-rounded taste of citrus peels and essential citrus oils, offering a distinctive freshness and unmistakable aroma. 

What’s the difference between Campari and Aperol?

While Aperol and Campari are both Italian apéritifs, they have distinct differences. Aperol is made much like Campari, but unlike its deep red counterpart, Aperol’s key ingredients include vegetal gentian root, and cinchona. It tastes of orange zest with a bit of vanilla, giving it a slight sweetness. Campari tastes comparatively bitter and has a higher alcohol content of 25%. 

Is Aperol the same as Campari?

No. While Aperol and Campari are both Italian apéritifs – bittersweet liqueurs designed to be consumed before a meal – they have distinct differences. Aperol is made much like Campari, but unlike its deep red counterpart, Aperol has a citrus-led, slightly floral tone, giving it a lighter, very slightly sweeter taste to Campari’s comparative bitterness. 

Is Aperol alcoholic? 

Yes. Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%. It is considered low in alcohol, making it light and vibrant, which distinguishes it from other liqueurs on the market. 

How can I drink Aperol?

There are countless ways to enjoy Aperol, but probably the most famous – and beloved – way is an Aperol Spritz. 

What drinks can I make with Aperol?

The best-known drink to make with Aperol is the Aperol Spritz. This signature serve boasts a lively spirit and refreshing taste. One of the best loved drinks on earth – it’s been ranked 9th in the world’s most sold cocktails* don’t you know?! – the refreshing mix is created for easy-going, memorable moments.  *Drinks International 2021

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