Love them or hate them, you’ve definitely ordered at least one of them before because they’re just so nice to look at. So if you’re partaking in this year’s Aperol Spritz Day festivities on August 1 (which you totally should, it’s a fab excuse to drink on a Monday), read on for suggestions.

For the Aperol-traditionalist: Serafina’s Aperol Spritz

If you’re craving the classic Aperol, Prosecco, Club Soda and an orange wheel, spend your Aperol Spritz day at laidback Italian mainstay Serafina. Uptown or downtown, there’s undoubtedly a location near you, making it low-maintenance. This is perfect for a time-honored take on aperitivo after work. Add a margherita pizza and sit outside and you’ll probably feel like you’re Rome. Cin cin.

$14 cocktail

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For the Aperol-obsessives: The Maidstone Inn’s Double Aperol Spritz

You’re serious enough about your spritz to head out East for the best of the best, and a regular amount of Aperol just isn’t enough. The Maidstone’s bar and restaurant freezes Aperol into their ice cubes so even if you want to sip it directly in the sun, your drink will never get watered down, it’ll only get more Aperol-y. If your quintessential summer self has a Ferrari Red mani wrapped around the stem of an Aperol spritz, this is the one for you. Cheers. 

$19 cocktail

Located at: 207 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

For an Aperol-alternative: Montauk Beach House’s ‘LA Woman’

You like Aperol, but you’re bored of spritzes. You want brighter, more summery, and ultimately, more boozy. The LA Woman mixes Aperol with Sipsmith Gin, fresh squeezed watermelon juice, lemon and mint to create a more dynamic cocktail than the classic aperitivo that’s ideal for a pool-adjacent evening. Bring a few friends and just go straight for the pitcher. Bottoms up.

$20 cocktail | $100 pitcher

Located at: 55 S Elmwood Ave, Montauk, NY 11954

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