At first glance there isn’t an obvious synergy between the Italian-born Aperol Spritz and the zesty Mexican margarita, but give it a little thought and the fusion actually makes perfect sense. Both are refreshing, both are perfect in summer with their citrus flavour profiles, and both are a great way to start a long alfresco lunch. Add the frozen element and you have the perfect summer drink.
Ingredients (Serves 2):
3 cups ice
120ml Tequila Tromba
60ml Aperol Aperitivo
90ml lime juice
1 orange or Ruby Red grapefruit wedge
1 tbs salt
1. Add the ice, tequila, Aperol and lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Place the salt on a small plate. Run the cut side of the orange or grapefruit wedge around the rim of 2 serving glasses, then press into the salt to coat.
3. Spoon the margarita among the prepared glasses.
The origin story of the Aperol Spritz has never been in contention. Aperol was invented in Italy in 1919, with the Aperol Spritz following in the 1950s. It was born to provide liquid respite in Italy’s hot summer months. The invention of the frozen margarita, however, is a little less definitive. While Margaritas are a distinctively Mexican sip, the frozen variety seems to have more of a Tex-Mex vibe, being invented in Dallas, Texas. What’s not in dispute, however, is the popularity of both cocktails. They’re favourites around the world, so a coming together of the two drinks seems inevitable. This recipe swaps the Cointreau in the classic frozen margarita for Aperol to make a tequila-based frozen cocktail for lovers of the Aperol Spritz.
The two key ingredients in this fusion cocktail are obvious: Aperol and tequila. The Aperol Aperitivo is intensely orange flavoured with herbal notes and a bittersweet finish. For tequila, don’t look past the Tequila Blanco Tromba. It has fresh botanical aromas and mint, pineapple and caramel notes that add a nuanced complexity to this refreshing cocktail.
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