In this refreshing sparkling-wine cocktail, Aperol--a bright red, mildly bitter Italian aperitif--is mixed with simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. If you can't find Aperol, Campari is an ideal substitute.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014


Simple Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare simple syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Let cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

  • To prepare an individual cocktail: Combine 1/2 ounce of the simple syrup, lemon juice and Aperol in a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange twist.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the Simple Syrup (Step 1) for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

148.7 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 12.9g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 8.8g; fatg; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 0.9IU; vitamin c 5.9mg 10% DV; folate 3.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 2.5mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 2.4mg 1% DV; potassium 29.8mg 1% DV; sodium 1.9mg; thiaminmg 1% DV; added sugar 8g.