Refreshing Aperol Tonic Recipe

This Aperol Tonic is one of the easiest and most refreshing cocktails ever made with its lovely bright orange color and bittersweet flavor.

The Aperol Tonic is beautiful bright and bold thanks to the Aperol liquor’s vibrant orange hue.

The cocktail features a bittersweet flavor profile with the mixture of bitterness from the Aperol and slight sweetness from the tonic water.

And because it only requires two main ingredients, it’s one of the easiest cocktails to make!

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What Is Aperol? How Does It Taste?

Known for its vibrant orange color, Aperol is an Italian bitter spirit. It gets its name for the Italian slang word “aperitivio”.

Italian bitter liquors get their bitterness when they are infused with different herbs and botanicals.

And this bitterness prepares your stomach and appetite for a meal which is why Aperol is in many aperitivio (pre-meal) cocktails.

If you haven’t tried Italian bitters before, then Aperol is nice introductory liquor since it’s sweeter than most.

Other Aperol cocktails include the Spritz Veneziano (also known as the Aperol Spritz which is similar to the Aperol Tonic but with Prosecco) and Paper Plane Spritz (if you want a touch of bourbon).

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What Ingredients Go Into an Aperol Tonic Cocktail?

Aperol — The main ingredient. Features a bright orange color and a sweet bitter flavor with orange notes. 

Tonic water — The sparkling component of this cocktail. Its sweetness compliments the Aperol. 

Orange — For garnish

Ice cubes

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Useful Equipment To Make an Aperol Tonic Cocktail

One of the things we love the most about this cocktail is that there is no need for fancy cocktail equipment.

To make this very simple and easy cocktail you are going to need:

Tall glass or wine goblet — You need a glassware that can hold lots of ice.

Cocktail spoon — To mix everything well since the cocktail made directly in the glass and not in a shaker.

Knife — To cut the orange slices for garnish.

Cutting board — To cut the orange slices. 

Cocktail straw

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Step by Step Guide on How To Make an Aperol Tonic Cocktail

1 — Fill 3/4 of the glass of your choice with ice. 

2 — Cut a couple of orange wedges and place them inside the glass close to its walls.

3 — Pour in Aperol and tonic and mix gently with the cocktail spoon. 

4 — Garnish each glass with an orange slice sitting on top of the ice. If your glass is too wide, make a slit in the peel so it can sit on the brim of the glass.

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Recipe Notes

— As with any cocktail made with a fizzy component, the Aperol Tonic is best consumed right after being made. 

— For a tangier taste, add a slice of lemon.

If you like this cocktail, try substituting the Aperol with Campari (another Italian aperitivio liquor) for equally delicious results!

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Aperol Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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This Aperol Tonic is one of the easiest and most refreshing cocktails ever made, with a lovely bright orange color and bittersweet flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time1 min
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails

Equipment

  • Tall glass or wine goblet
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cocktail straw optional

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aperol
  • Tonic water
  • 2 Orange wedge for garnish
  • 1 Orange peel for garnish
  • Ice

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 143kcal

Notes

  • Consume immediately. 
  • For a tangier taste, add a slice of lemon.
 

Instructions

  • Fill 3/4 of the glass of your choice with ice.
  • Cut a couple of orange wedges and place them inside the glass close to its walls.
  • Pour in Aperol and tonic and mix gently with the cocktail spoon. 
  • Garnish each glass with an orange slice sitting on top of the ice. If your glass is too wide, make a slit in the peel so it can sit on the brim of the glass. Finish with a cocktail straw.
  • Add a couple of cocktail straws and enjoy!
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