Have you gotten into the aperitif game? Well, you should. Better than binge drinking during happy hour, aperitifs whet your appetite for dinner (or any meal — we’re not judging) without getting you too drunk. They’re also made of ingredients that tantalise the taste buds without being too heavy like say, a spirit on spirit cocktail like a Negroni. One perfect example of a popular aperitif cocktail hailing from Italy is the Aperol spritz.

While the aperitif culture hasn’t quite hit Malaysia yet, we’re seeing more places in KL beginning to serve Aperol spritzes. That itself surely proves that our palates are beginning to appreciate the low-ABV properties of the aperitif cocktail. The main component of an Aperol spritz, of course, stems from the herbaceous Aperol liqueur made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. It is prepared with prosecco and soda water, giving the liquor its fizzy and refreshing taste.

To get you started, we’ve compiled five places in KL that serve this Italian aperitif. Two of them are well-known cocktail bars in KL — JungleBird and the recently-opened Los Flowerpecker. However, seeing as this is, after all, an aperitif, it would make perfect sense to have it right before your meal. That is why we’ve also included three restaurants where you can order an Aperol spritz: Brasserie Fritz, Enoteca, and Zenzero Restaurant & Bar.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.