A case for the Aperol Spritz and where to drink the Italian aperitif in Singapore when it’s hot out

A case for the Aperol Spritz and where to drink the Italian aperitif in Singapore when it’s hot out

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Text: Crystal Lee

Not too long ago, The New York Times published a story titled "The Aperol Spritz Is Not A Good Drink," in which the writer describes the Italian aperitif as "something that drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way." Things escalated quickly, and the Internet soon exploded in fierce defense of the drink.

New York
magazine's Grubstreet, Esquire US, and Refinery29, also joined in the Great Aperol Spritz Debate of 2019 (to ride on the hype, we should know), mostly to show their distaste for Rebekah Peppler's elitist NYT op-ed.

Now, where do we stand in this boozy debacle? Is the Aperol Spritz a good drink?

Here's what I think: it can be good, but if you're looking for complexity, balance, notes and all that fancy cocktail jazz, it's not so great. Peppler isn't entirely wrong: the drink is often "paired with low-quality prosecco, (run-of-the-mill) soda water and an outsize orange slice". Plus, Aperol itself is considered a low-grade amari. If a good foundation sets the stage for greatness, you won't get lot of mileage with the subpar ingredients traditionally used in an Aperol Spritz.

But, to echo booze writer and critic Aaron Goldfarb in Esquire, "Since when does every food and drink on planet earth need to be f***ing world class?" The Aperol Spritz is made to be sipped casually, on a hot summer day, when it's too early for a rock-solid cocktail. It's also a good one to knock back when you're low on funds before payday. Did I also mention it's super Insta-friendly thanks to its gorgeous shade of orange? Hello, #spritzlife.

If you agree, and are looking to have a jumbo glass right about now, here are bars that serve them rather decently. Must be the quality prosecco...


CBD dwellers pop into this buzzy Italian spot for affordable pasta lunches in the day and Italian wines and cocktails after work. Aperol Spritzes go for $8 from 5pm to closing on Wednesdays.


20 Cross Street, China Square Central, #01-19 Singapore 048422
Tel: 6221 3937
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30am to 3pm & 6pm to 11:30pm, (Sat) 6pm to 11:30pm
Visit their website here.

Caffe Fernet

Part of The Jigger & Pony Group, this breezy restaurant-bar mean business when it comes Italian liqueurs, housing more than 50 types at the bar including limoncello, brandy, vermouth and our star of the story, Aperol. If you want a zestier version of the classic, order the Amalfi Spritz that uses Cedro lemon liqueur, wormwood, prosecco, soda water and lemon juice.

Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-05 Singapore 049323
Tel: 9178 1105
Opening hours: (Mon-Thu) 12pm to 12am, (Fri-Sat) 12pm to 2am, (Sun) 11am to 5pm, (Happy Hour) 5pm to 7:30pm
Visit their website here.


Want an elevated Aperol Spritz? LAVO serves them muddled with fresh dragonfruit and a splash of Belvedere vodka for an extra kick – at the top of Marina Bay Sands, no less.



Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Tower 1, Level 57 Sands Skypark, Singapore 018956
Tel: 6688 8591
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 5pm to 2am
Visit their website here.

Monte Carlos Boys

Aperol Spritzes are so easy to drink, it's hard to stop at one. That's probably why the folks at MCB serve them in pairs for $25. Sharing isn't caring in this case.

42 Club Street, Singapore 069420
Tel: 9790 1420
Opening hours:
(Mon-Thu) 6pm to 12am, (Fri-Sat): 4pm to 2am
Visit their website here.


Get in on the #spritzlife at Publico, where Aperol Spritz, Sbagliato, and Pirlo costs $12 during its Spritz Sessions happening from Mondays to Fridays between 4pm and 7pm.

1 Nanson Road Singapore 238909
Tel: 6826 5040
Opening hours: (Mon-Thu) 5pm to 11pm, (Fri) 5pm to 12am, (Sat) 12pm to 12am, (Sun) 11am to 10:30pm
Visit their website here.