Aperol Wave

The Ingredients

  • 0.5 oz. Premium Gin

  • 0.5 oz. Aperol¹

  • Sparking Wine

  • Lemonade

  • Orange Wedge  

The Directions

Insert ice cubes in a wine glass, then add gin and Aperol. Top with sparkling wine and a splash of lemonade. Squeeze orange wedge and then deposit in glass. 

The Quote

"It's late summer in OBX, about 7:00 pm. The golden hour² is nigh. It's too late for lemonade, too early for bourbon, it's Aperol Wave o'clock

  • Michael Flack

The Story

What if an Aperol Spritz and a Negroni had a love child?

This was the house drink when I spent some time in the Waves, NC in Sep 2020. Mr. Hospitality, a dear friend brought some Aperol which was the jumping-off point for this creation.  

Feel free to vary the amounts of sparkling wine and lemonade to suit your tastes.

¹ Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentianrhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange hue. Its name comes from the French slang word for aperitif, which is apero.

² The golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.

³ Cinchona bark of yields quinine and other alkaloids that were the only effective treatments against malaria during the height of European colonialism.