As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as perfect – but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that a freshly poured Aperol Spritz is pretty darn close.
Not only is it one of the most refreshing summer cocktails you can order, it’s the ideal balance of fruity and ever so-slightly-bitter – the kind of bitter that prevents a tipple from becoming sickly (and, on a more dangerous note, makes it all too drinkable).
If you’re as under the spell of the alluring orange beverage as us, listen closely, because we’ve got a very important public service announcement for you: bargain supermarket Aldi have released their own version of the apéritif, Aperini, and it costs just £6.99 a bottle. Aperol typically retails at around £15 in leading supermarkets, meaning that Aperini is around half the price.
Julie Ashfield, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said of the drink when it was launched back in March: ‘Not only is our Aperini Italian Aperitif perfectly on-trend, it’s also in keeping with our commitment to providing our customers with products of incredible quality and at the best possible price.’
‘With customers planning weekend get-togethers, we were keen to extend our spirits offering by introducing a perfect alternative for creating the popular spritz drink. It’s equally delicious served over ice with a fresh fruit garnish and a sprig of mint.’
Aperini isn’t the first example of Aldi creating a delicious dupe for more expensive bottles – their spirits range alone won more than 70 medals last year, and they’ve got affordable versions of everything from dry gin to coconut rum and even Irish cream on their shelves.
That’s before you even get to their wine and champagne aisle – their Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut was recently voted one of the best in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge, and comes with a price tag of just £11 a bottle. We’ll drink to that…