Aperol was originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, but is now produced by the Campari company. While Aperol was originally created in 1919, it did not become successful until after World War II. Although it tastes and smells much like Campari, Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%—less than half of Campari. Aperol and Campari have the same sugar content. However, Aperol is milder and less bitter. Campari is also much darker in color. Aperol to be sold in Germany has an alcohol content of 15% to avoid German container deposit legislation regulations. The Spritz, an aperitif cocktail, is often made using Aperol, then known as an Aperol Spritz.
Aperol's unique flavor and color is achieved through a subtle blend of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and an array of herbs and roots--using a secret recipe that has been unchanged since its first creation in 1919. Try the classic Aperol Spritz: 3 parts Aperol, 2 parts Prosecco, 1 part Soda, over ice with an orange twist. The ultimate in summer thirst quenching cocktails...