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Aperol Tonic Cocktail

If Italy and England had a baby, it would be this Aperol Tonic Cocktail. Catch the last sun-rays of the year while enjoying this bittersweet drink!

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Aperol Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Nicely sweet but not too much. The grenadine breaks the Aperol’s bitterness without predominating its characteristic citrus flavor, which gives it a refreshing taste.

That’s what makes this drink perfect for a hot day, as was the day when I made this Aperol tonic.

It’s a simple cocktail, for which no cocktail shaker is needed. Unlike our strawberry Aperol spritz, this variation does not use Prosecco or sparkling wine.

FAQ about Aperol Drinks

What does Aperol taste like?
Aperol has a bittersweet orange taste, with a touch of herbs and roots.

Can you drink Aperol straight?
Yes, you can drink Aperol straight. However, it does have a pretty strong taste, so we prefer to use it as part of a cocktail.

Should Aperol be refrigerated?
In order to maintain the taste, drinks with a low alcohol percentage should be refrigerated. A general rule is that everything under 15% should be kept refrigerated after opening. Since Aperol has 11% alcohol, this means it should be kept refrigerated.

What other cocktails can I make with Aperol?
We’re no newbies when it comes to Aperol; we’ve tried our share of variations. We have – of course – tried the Classic Aperol Spritz, and what about our Aperol Grapefruit Cocktail?

Is that not enough for you? Then take a look at our Aperol drinks below!

Aperol Tonic Cocktail with Ice
This ice cold Aperol Tonic is the perfect refreshment on a warm day!

Tips for Making a Perfect Cocktail

In this section, we’ll share some tips on how to make this Aperol cocktail perfect.

  • This Aperol drink tastes best when cold. Make sure your tonic water is chilled before using it.
  • You can even chill your glass before making this cocktail!
  • Go easy on the grenadine. It might seem tempting to add a little extra, but trust me.. It would be a shame if you can’t taste the Aperol anymore.
  • Feel free to decorate your glass with a lime slice to give it that extra touch.

Aperol Tonic Ingredients

  • Aperol (duh!). The famous Italian aperitivo which can be recognized by its renowned bottle and color.
  • Grenadine. We used sugar-free grenadine to cut back on the sugar.
  • Lemon juice. Either from a freshly squeezed lemon or from a bottle.
  • Tonic water. We also used sugar-free tonic water.
  • (Optional) A slice of orange to garnish your drink.
  • Ice to taste. 
Aperol Tonic Cocktail Glass

How to Make an Aperol Tonic Cocktail

This Aperol tonic cocktail is among our best Aperol recipes, and we’ll now tell you how to make one.

A lot of cocktails involve a lot of cutting ingredients, muddling, shaking, and whatnot. Good news for you! This Aperol doesn’t require any of that. 

In a ball glass filled with ice, add the Aperol, grenadine, and lemon juice. Stir well to mix the ingredients.

Now all there’s left to do, is to top it all off with the tonic water. 

Take a look at your drink. Isn’t she a beauty? Cheers!

Aperol Tonic Cocktail with Ice

Aperol Tonic Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If Italy and England had a baby, it would be this Aperol Tonic Cocktail. Catch the last sun-rays of the year while enjoying this bittersweet drink!


  • 2 oz (60 milliliters) Aperol
  • 1 oz (30 milliliters) grenadine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 oz (120 milliliters) tonic
  • Ice


  1. Fill a ball glass with ice
  2. Add the Aperol, grenadine and lemon juice
  3. Stir well to mix the ingredients
  4. Top it off with tonic water
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 44gProtein: 0g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information is automatically generated by Nutritionix. Actual nutrition values may differ.

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