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Is the Aperol spritz the perfect drink or just gross?

A blend of champagne, Aperol (a semi-sweet, slightly bitter Italian aperitif), soda water, and of course, a slice of orange, the Aperol spritz has been called the "drink of summer." Fans say the Aperol spritz is the perfect afternoon cocktail; you can close your eyes and imagine sitting under the Italian sun as you sip it. But critics argue that the Aperol spritz is a farce—it is often served with low-quality alcohol and retains no special twist outside of its lowly orange slice. Is the Aperol spritz actually good? 

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According to the New York Times' Rebekah Peppler, a spritz should be the perfect "opener to the night." You want something simple that won't weigh you down in alcohol or sugar. The Aperol spritz, Peppler writes, is a poor excuse for such a beverage:

Served in branded, jumbo wine glasses, the sugary apéritif is paired with low-quality prosecco, soda water and an outsize orange slice, resulting in something that drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.

The best part of this drink is the orange, and that's never a good place to start.

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But according to Grub Street's Chris Crowley, the Times is alone in its opinion of this summer beverage. No one is arguing that the Aperol spritz is the best drink around, but no one can take away the genuine pleasure that comes from sipping on this sunset cocktail.  

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