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6 of the Best Aperol and Gin Cocktails to Impress Your Guests

May 15, 2024 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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Aperol gin cocktails are on everyone’s lips, and not only because it’s the most summery combo imaginable—it’s also completely divine! And while it’s no secret that we are slightly obsessed with the iconic Aperol Spritz here at The Mixer, we also enjoy experimenting with different flavors. That’s why we love gin—its botanical notes complement Aperol’s bitter-orange flavor to a T, setting the scene for a harmonious balance.  

So, to get you ready to be the host with the most this season, we’re sharing a cherry-picked selection of our favorite Aperol gin cocktail recipes. 

1. Aperol & Gin Sour

Two Aperol Gin Sour cocktails on a table in a modern lounge on a sunny day

This zesty riff on the classic Whiskey Sour is as classy as it comes. To make an Aperol Gin Sour, combine 45ml Aperol, 45mlgin, 20ml lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup, and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker without ice. Give it a good shake to combine, then add some ice and shake it again. Double-strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass and serve. 

Make it with: Aperol 

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2. Aperol Negroni

An Aperol Negroni served at sunset

The Aperol Negroni is the little brother of the Campari classic. It’s sweeter and lower in alcohol, but still comes to the party with plenty of flavour. The bright, bittersweet orange flavour of Aperol melds seamlessly with the zesty gin and floral vermouth to create an aperitivo hour cocktail to match any Mediterranean sunset.   

Make it with: 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso  

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3. Aperol Gin Fizz

Two Aperol Gin Fizz cocktails on a side table between two deckchairs next to a pool on a sunny day

A Ramos Gin Fizz is a thing of beauty, and we love this Aperol-inspired twist on the time-honored recipe. To make an Aperol Gin Fizz, add 30ml gin, 30ml Aperol, 30ml lime juice, and 15ml sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and double strain it into a serving glass. Top off with 60ml soda water, garnish with a lime wheel and serve. 

Make it with: Bulldog Gin 

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4. Aperol Gin Spritz

Two Aperol Gin Spritz cocktails on a table in a summery garden on a sunny day

If you love an Aperol Spritz or a Hugo Cocktail, the Aperol Gin Spritz is going to be right up your alley. To make one, simply add 45ml Aperol, 30ml gin, and 60ml Prosecco to a wine glass with ice. Stir gently, garnish with an orange slice, and serve. 

Also see: 9 Spritz Cocktails to Sip On this Summer 

5. Aperol Gin and Tonic

Two Aperol Gin & Tonic cocktails on the counter of a Tiki bar overlooking a beach scene on a summer day

Sometimes all you need to do to liven up a tried-and-tested drink recipe is the inclusion of one ingredient. This is very much the case when it comes to the Aperol Gin and Tonic cocktail. To make this simple yet satisfying sipper, add 60ml gin, 15ml Aperol, and 180ml tonic water to a Collins glass with ice. Stir gently and serve. 

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6. Aperol French 75

Two Aperol French 75 cocktials in Champagne flutes next to a plate of sushi on a counter in a sunny, modern kitchen

The classic French 75 is a dainty-looking drink with a fair amount of heft, and the Aperol French 75 is an equally darling-yet-dapper drink with even more pizzaz. To make one, combine 30ml lime juice, 15ml ginger sugar syrup, 45ml gin, and a splash of Aperol in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, then strain into a Champagne coupe, topping it off with 45ml Prosecco and 45ml soda water for a bit of sparkle. 

Tips and tricks for perfecting gin & Aperol cocktails

Keen to create your own gin and Aperol creations? By all means, have fun and experiment! Here are a few insider tips to use as a springboard for your creativity. 

Check your proportions

Aperol Spritzes being poured

  • Balance is key. Aperol leans towards the citrusy end of the flavour spectrum, so a London Dry gin like Bulldog balances it well. Start with a 1:1 ratio (30ml Aperol, 30ml gin) and adjust to taste. 
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice adds a refreshing tartness to an Aperol-based cocktail. Aim for 20ml for a subtle note, or 30ml for a pronounced pucker. 
  • Sugar syrup helps to balance tartness. Start with half a teaspoon and add more in small increments if needed. 

Glassware selection

An empty rocks glass on a kitchen counter

  • Coupe glasses or rocks glasses are perfect for stirred cocktails. 
  • Use highball glasses for spritzes with soda water.  
  • Pre-chill your glasses for an extra refreshing drink. 

Garnishing techniques

Close up of three cocktails garnished with pansies, surrounded by a scattering of pretty edible flowers for cocktails

  • Citrus zest: A twist or an expressed peel adds a burst of citrus aroma. 
  • Fruity flair: Use a thin orange slice, or a luxe maraschino cherry for a smidge of fruitiness.  
  • Edible flowers: Pansies or violets add a touch of elegance (and a surprising pop of flavour!). 

Customisation options

Two Autumn Sun tequila Aperol cocktails in a blue-themed kitchen setting

  • Play with gin: Experiment with different botanical profiles. A floral gin complements Aperol’s orange notes, while a juniper-forward gin adds a drier touch. 
  • Seasonal twists: In summer, muddle fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries for a fruity twist. Autumn calls for apple or pear slices. Winter? Try a sprig of rosemary or a cinnamon stick. 
  • Sparkling fun: Top your drink with prosecco or sparkling mineral water for a more festive touch. 

BONUS! Aperol syrup recipe

Create a homemade Aperol syrup by combining equal parts Aperol, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat the mixture gently until thesugar dissolves, then allow it to cool and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Use this syrup to create cocktails with a lower ABV 

There you have it—six amazing Aperol gin cocktail recipes to try at home, and a few pro tips to take it to the next level. Visit the Aperol and Bulldog Gin websites for even more recipe inspiration and remember to subscribe to our newsletter for more hosting tips and trends.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Aperol and Campari are both Italian aperitifs, but they differ in flavour profile and intensity. Aperol is lighter and sweeter, with hints of orange, making it an ideal choice for spritzes and lighter cocktails. In contrast, Campari is more bitter and complex, featuring herbal and citrus notes. It's often used in classic cocktails like the Negroni. While both are great for adding depth to drinks, the choice ultimately depends on personal preference and the desired flavour profile.

If you're out of Aperol, you can substitute it with another liqueur to maintain the cocktail's balance. Try using Campari for a more bitter twist or Grand Marnier for a sweeter alternative. Adjust the proportions to suit your taste preferences. It is important to note that while you can substitute Aperol with similar liqueurs, it has a very unique taste that can't be exactly replicated. Its distinct blend of bitter orange, herbs, and sweetness contributes to its iconic flavour profile. So, while alternatives can mimic certain aspects, nothing quite matches the original.

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