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An Aperol Spritz is a divine beverage. And, as Suzi and I discovered last spring in Milan, a lifesaver. We were dead on our ass after hours of walking. We found a lovely and historic bar a mile from the cathedral, sat, had our spritzes and some mini-sandwiches and found ourselves totally refreshed.

Nothing can beat a Spritz.

Ah, but there are siblings. This drink, once you make it, will be a staple in your drink portfolio. It takes a little work, a few ingredients. It polishes the Spritz to perfection. From The Complete Cocktail Manual, this drink is said to be sunshine in a glass, perfect for summer barbeques. I say it is perfect year round.

Sunshine Superman or Super Spritz

Yield: serves 1


  • 1 ounce gin (Hendricks’s or, better, Gunpowder Irish Gin)
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • ½ ounce grapefruit liqueur (Giffard Pamplemousse preferred)
  • 1 ounce prosecco sparkling wine
  • Grapefruit peel for garnish


Combine the gin, lemon juice, Aperol, and liqueur in a shaker with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds and strain into a cold coupe or flute. Top with sparkling wine.

Express the grapefruit peel over the drink and drop the peel in the glass.

Source: The Complete Cocktail Manual by Lou Bustamante [Weldon Owen, 2016]

Photo Information: Canon T2i, EFS 60mm Macro Lens, F/3.5 for 1/30th second at ISO‑400