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Use Aperol For A Refreshing Boost, Campari For The Complexity
By Camryn Teder
Both Aperol and Campari have cemented their places as beloved Italian pre-meal drinks, or apéritifs, thanks to their vibrant colors and bitter tastes.
Aperol and Campari may seem identical, but there are some subtle differences between them that even the most diehard fans of the bitter alcohols might not know.
While the exact recipe for Campari is a guarded secret, we know it has a 20% alcohol content and is made from fragrant herbs and orange peels, which give it its powerful taste.
Aperol has a similar taste to Campari, bringing the bitter flavors of orange and rhubarb into the drink, but its alcohol content is nearly half of that of its rival, sitting at only 11%.
However, the true difference between these two similar bitter drinks is their unique tastes, leading to Campari and Aperol being used for different types of drinks.
Campari brings a deep, rich, herbal palate that pairs well with equally powerful-tasting flavors, while Aperol’s lighter taste makes for a perfect match with sweeter drinks.