The star of this weeks beverage is Aperol
Aperol is an Italian liquore - created by the Barbieri brothers in Padua in 1919. It's a mix of herbs, bitter orange and rhubarb - think of it as a sweeter and lower alcohol (11%) version of Campari - interesting side note, it was bought by Campari in the '90's. There is still bitterness but not aggressively so.
The drink I've made is a summertime favourite. Icy cold, a blend of aperol and orange - the slight bitterness makes it even more refreshing. If you can't be in Italy, sip one of these while flicking through the pages of Bell'Italia and you'll be in Italy in spirit.
Aperol and Orange
1 part Aperol
3 parts fresh orange juice
You can add more or less aperol/orange juice depending on your personal preference.
Half fill a good sized tumbler with ice.
Pour in the Aperol and then carefully top with orange juice to create the layered look.
This is a drink that just reminds me of the beautiful sunsets I'd see in Italy