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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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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

149 calories; 2 mg sodium. 30 mg potassium; 12.9 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 0.4 g protein; 1 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 3 mcg folate; 3 mg calcium; 2 mg magnesium; 8 g added sugar;