Aperol: The New Classic

Aperol may be trendy, but there's a reason why. Sip a sample at Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory and see just what we mean.

By Megan Dollar

Feb 2021

Aperol drink from Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory in Springfield MO
Photo by Leah StiefermannGrab an Aperol made with Missouri wines at Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory. Purchase Photo

I know Aperol is trendy, but there’s a reason why: It’s good! In addition to its striking Orange Crush color, it’s a delicious, citrusy treat that transports you to its homeland. The Italian aperitif is most famously served as a prosecco-based spritz, a fizzy summer drink. But Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory (260 E. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-851-1768) has put a twist on this classic and opted to combine the drink with one of Missouri’s own wines. The St. James Blackberry Wine & Aperol Spritz is a bright red cocktail served in a stemless wineglass that manages to taste like every season of the year at once—it’s bright and summery with rich wintery notes of spice, too. Typically, I enjoy my Aperol in the summer, but with this new take, I’m thrilled to sip on it all year long. Chin-chin!