Star Hill Spritz Cocktail with Orange Garnish Next to Bourbon Cocktail on Top of Wooden Cutting Board
Star Hill Spritz Cocktail with Orange Garnish Next to Bourbon Cocktail on Top of Wooden Cutting Board

Bourbon Spritz

Aperol® – a bitter orange aperitif from the Italian city of Padua – and a splash of Prosecco bring cosmopolitan sophistication to this patio-ready Maker's Mark® spritz.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • 1 part Aperol®
  • 3/4 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Prosecco
  • Orange peel
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Pro Tips
The < 15% rule
Spirits with ABVs below 15% should be refrigerated. If left out, an open bottle of Aperol may spoil, but it will last about three months in the fridge.
Sweeten the deal
Simple syrup lives up to its name and can be made easily at home. Just dissolve a 1:1 (or 2:1) ratio of sugar and water on the stove and let it cool.
Better Bubbles
When you use sparkling ingredients like Prosecco employ minimal stirring for more fizz. For what should be obvious reasons, never add carbonated soda or sparkling wine to a shaker.

How to

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice and layer in Maker's Mark®, Aperol and syrup.
  2. Top with Prosecco and garnish with an orange peel.

Kentucky spirit meets Italian brioHistory of the Bourbon Spritz

A riff on the Aperol Spritz, this Maker’s Mark version takes cues from its refreshing, Italian cousin – a summer staple in Europe since the 1950s. Today, similar claims can be made in the states about the Aperol Spritz, which, for throngs of thirsty imbibers, became the unofficial cocktail of Summer 2018. This season, it’s all about variations like the Bourbon Spritz, with the signature caramel notes of Maker’s Mark adding a new layer of excitement.

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Maker's Mark bourbon bottle variants lined up on outdoor bar
Maker's Mark bourbon bottle variants lined up on outdoor bar