A favourite Summer’s drink is the Aperol Spritz. The good news is this is one of the easiest alcoholic drinks to fake without losing the taste. So here are some ideas for making you own low or alcohol-free version.
One of the many good things about this refreshingly adult (read bitter) drink is that it can actually be pretty low in alcohol. Aperol is about 11% alcohol, but you only use 50ml in a glass. So if you top it up with lemonade, soda water, or an alcohol-free prosecco instead of the traditional Prosecco that’s about 0.5 units. So for a perfect (end of summer) drink, try this:
Handful of ice
2/3 of a glass / 100ml of good quality lemonade or orangeade like San Pellegrino
Dash of soda water
Slice of orange to garnish.
Lyre’s create an extensive range of alcohol-free spirits. Try their Amalfi Spritz recipe, it’s a stunning homage to the Aperol Spritz.
60ml Lyre’s Italian Spritz
60ml Premium alcohol-free prosecco (we like Thomson & Scott Noughty)
30ml Soda water
Combine ingredients in a large wine glass and stir. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a slice of orange. prego!
I quite like the company that makes Campari and Aperol, because they actually make non-alcoholic versions of their products too. Crodino is a non-alcoholic bitter aperitif, produced since 1964. It is an orange colored drink, made of herbal extracts and sugar, and is sold in 10 cl bottles.
One of our members spent her Italian holiday drinking the alcohol-free version – it is hard to spot the difference. It is just a little lighter in colour. A Crodino topped up with soda or lemonade, or on the rocks is a really nice tipple.
Another member went the whole hog and topped it up with an alcohol-free fizz. This should be returning to shelves in the UK for Summer 2020, so keep your eyes peeled.