Bitter drinks are increasingly popular these days, but the real hard-hitters—the medicinal Fernet Branca, the cult favorite Malört—aren’t to everyone’s taste. Aperol, on the other hand, can get along with anyone.
With a vibrant crimson color and ingredients that include orange and rhubarb, Aperol is a hint bitter, but only delicately so; a touch fruity, but not unbearably sweet; alcoholic, but low proof enough (around 11 percent) that it won’t overwhelm a drink.
It’s a great addition to cocktails all year-round, but with its affinity for light, crisp flavors, Aperol works especially well in the spring. Want to get into the Aperol spirit? Here are three cocktails to make with it—no strange liqueurs or overwrought technique required.