Skyy Spirits has launched a light Italian spirit in the US.

The San Francisco-based company yesterday (21 March) unveiled Aperol, an Italian, spirit-based aperitif. The orange-flavoured drink, created in 1919 from an infusion of over 30 aromatic herbs and spices, has an ABV of 11%.

The drink can be served alone or with other spirits and mixers in a cocktail.

"With Aperol's versatility, unique flavour and brilliant orange colour, it is the perfect spirit for the sophisticated, yet relaxed consumer in the fast growing flavoured drink market," the company said. "Aperol is the flavourful alternative to beer, wine or conventional cocktails for those seeking new taste experiences."

Launched in 1992, Skyy Spirits is a subsidiary of Gruppo Campari, with US distribution rights for brands including Skyy Vodka, Campari, Cinzano, Cutty Sark and The Glenrothes. Late last year, the company secured the US rights to distribute brands owned by Japanese company Suntory.