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A Spring Margarita with Aperol: Plus 4 more Delicious Cocktails made with Aperol

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Discover the perfect balance of floral essence and zesty refreshment in our Elderflower Margarita featuring Aperol—a satisfying drink to quench your thirst on a warm spring or summer day. Look no further than this unique twist on the classic margarita for a refreshing and invigorating experience.


Aperol’s Rise to Fame

If you’ve been on social media in the past few years, I am sure you have seen someone sippin’ on an Aperol Spritz- made with Aperol, Prosecco, soda water, and garnished with an orange slice.

  1. Social Media Influence: The visually striking appearance of the Aperol Spritz, with its vibrant orange color and fresh garnishes, makes it highly photogenic and shareable on social media platforms like Instagram. As people share images of themselves enjoying Aperol Spritzes in scenic locations, it contributes to its popularity as a trendy and aspirational drink.
  2. Italian Culture: The Aperol Spritz is deeply rooted in Italian culture, particularly the tradition of the aperitivo, where people gather before dinner to enjoy drinks and small bites. This cultural association with leisurely socializing and relaxation has broad appeal and adds to the allure of the Aperol Spritz as a sophisticated yet approachable cocktail choice.
  3. Light and Refreshing Flavor Profile: The Aperol Spritz offers a refreshing balance of bitter and sweet flavors, with the bitterness of Aperol complemented by the effervescence of prosecco and a splash of soda water. Its light and citrusy taste make it highly drinkable and appealing, especially in warm weather.
  4. Low Alcohol Content: With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of only 11%, the Aperol Spritz is lower in alcohol compared to many other cocktails, making it a popular choice for casual daytime drinking or social occasions where people want to enjoy multiple drinks without feeling overly intoxicated.
  5. Versatility and Customization: While the classic Aperol Spritz recipe is simple and straightforward, it also allows for customization to suit individual tastes. People can adjust the ratios of Aperol, prosecco, and soda water to achieve their preferred balance of flavors, or they can experiment with different garnishes and variations, such as substituting Aperol with other liqueurs or adding fresh fruit.

What is Elderflower and Elderflower Liqueur?

Elderflower refers to the small, white, and highly aromatic flowers that bloom on the elder tree (Sambucus nigra). The elder tree is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to Europe, but it can also be found in some parts of North America and Asia.

The elderflower has been used for centuries in various culinary and medicinal applications. It has a delicate and sweet fragrance with floral and slightly fruity notes. Elderflower is often used to infuse beverages, create syrups, make teas, and flavor foods. It is especially popular in European cuisine and beverages.

One well-known use of elderflower is in the production of elderflower cordial or syrup, which is a sweet and refreshing drink. Additionally, elderflower is used to make elderflower liqueurs, such as St-Germain, which has gained popularity in cocktails and mixology.

The elderflower is also believed to have some health benefits. It has been traditionally used in herbal remedies to help with cold and flu symptoms, improve respiratory health, and act as a mild diuretic and laxative. However, as with any herbal remedy, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using elderflower for medicinal purposes.

Elderflower liqueur is a sweet and fragrant alcoholic beverage made by infusing elderflower blossoms in a base spirit, typically vodka or brandy, and then adding sugar to create a sweetened liqueur. The most well-known and widely available elderflower liqueur is “St-Germain,” named after the St-Germain-des-Prés area in Paris, where the recipe was originally created.

To make elderflower liqueur, elderflower blossoms are harvested at their peak when their aroma and flavor are most potent. These blossoms are then steeped in alcohol, allowing the flavors and aromas of the elderflower to infuse into the liquid. After the desired flavor has been achieved, the mixture is filtered to remove the solid particles, and sugar is added to sweeten the liqueur and balance the floral notes.

Elderflower liqueur is known for its delicate and captivating floral aroma, which is often described as being reminiscent of fresh flowers with subtle fruity and honey-like undertones. Its sweet and aromatic nature makes it a popular ingredient in cocktails, where it can add a unique and sophisticated flavor profile.

The most common way to enjoy elderflower liqueur is in cocktails, such as the famous “Elderflower Martini” or the “Elderflower Spritz.” It can also be served on its own over ice as a digestif or used in various culinary applications to add a floral touch to desserts and other dishes. Now, this version, we are creating the elderflower margarita! Since elderflower is floral, we paired it with Aperol to bring down the floral notes and add tanginess.

The Elderflower Margarita with Aperol

The lime juice provides a tart, citrusy flavor that is the backbone of any good margarita. It adds a zingy freshness that wakes up your taste buds and makes your mouth water for more. It is the perfect addition to the Elderflower Margarita to break apart some of the other strong flavors.

The tequila, on the other hand, brings a unique depth of flavor with its earthy, agave notes. It’s the perfect balance to the lime juice, adding a touch of warmth and complexity to the drink. The Elderflower margarita would be nothing without tequila!

Now, onto the Aperol. Aperol is an Italian bitter orange liqueur that has a distinct flavor profile. It’s slightly sweet with a bitter finish, which adds a pleasant depth to the Margarita. The bitterness also helps to balance out the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur in the Elderflower Margarita.

The elderflower has a sweet, floral flavor that pairs beautifully with the other ingredients in the Margarita. It adds a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the tartness of the lime juice.

Finally, let’s not forget the Smokeshow! We paired this Elderflower Margarita with Lemon Peel Smoke Dust to continue to bring out the tangy citrus vibes that are floating throughout the cocktail.

When all of these flavors come together, you get the Elderflower Margarita that is perfectly balanced and bursting with flavor. The tequila and lime juice provide the foundation, while the Aperol and elderflower liqueur add a unique twist that takes this margarita to the next level. It’s sweet, tart, and bitter all at once, making it an unforgettable cocktail experience.

More Aperol Cocktails!

  1. Aperol Spritz:
    • 2 oz Aperol
    • 3 oz Prosecco
    • Splash of soda water
    • Orange slice (for garnish)
    • Ice
    • Build the drink in a wine glass filled with ice.
    • Add Aperol, followed by Prosecco.
    • Top with a splash of soda water.
    • Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!
  2. Aperol Negroni:
    • 1 oz Aperol
    • 1 oz gin
    • 1 oz sweet vermouth
    • Orange twist (for garnish)
    • Ice
    • Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass until well-chilled.
    • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with an orange twist.
  3. Aperol Sour:
    • 2 oz Aperol
    • 1 oz lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
    • Egg white (optional)
    • Orange twist (for garnish)
    • Ice
    • Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice in a shaker.
    • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
    • Garnish with an orange twist.
  4. Aperol Smash:
    • 2 oz Aperol
    • 1 oz bourbon
    • 1/2 oz lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
    • Mint leaves (for muddling and garnish)
    • Ice
    • In a shaker, muddle a few mint leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup.
    • Add Aperol, bourbon, and ice.
    • Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
    • Garnish with a mint sprig.

Aperol Margarita

A bright and floral margarita to kick off the season!
Prep Time5 minutes
Keyword: aperol, elderflower, lemon peel smoke dust, lime, margarita, tequila
Servings: 1


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • 1 Butane Torch



  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 oz lime juice

Garnish & Smoke

  • 1 pinch Lemon Peel Smoke Dust



  • Combine all ingredietns into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
    1.5 oz tequila, 1 oz Aperol, 1 oz elderflower liqueur, 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Strain into glass.

Garnish & Smoke

  • Place smoker on top of drink and smoke! Remove smoker and enjoy!
    1 pinch Lemon Peel Smoke Dust

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