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Aperol Spritz

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Posted: 05/05/23

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The Aperol Spritz is an ultra-refreshing Italian cocktail. Also known as Spritz Veneziano, it looks like a sunset and tastes like summer. Even if you don’t like champagne, you will still love this.

The Aperol perfectly cuts the champagne flavor making the cocktail delightful in every way. With only three ingredients, the Italian classic can be easily replicated at home.

two glasses of aperol spritz with ice and orange slices surrounded by straws, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a bottle of aperol

The roots of the Aperol Spritz date back to Italy in the early 1900s. The popular cocktail is still enjoyed there as well as anywhere as a refreshing aperitif. This thirst-quenching cocktail is fairly low in alcohol content, making it perfectly acceptable to enjoy before dinner. With just three simple ingredients and no fancy bar equipment needed, the Aperol Spritz is perfect for a happy hour right at home!

What is Aperol

Aperol is a coral-hued Italian bitters aperitif with a flavor blend of zesty citrus, aromatic herbs and sweet vanilla. An alcoholic drink that you have before a meal, it is bittersweet, fruity, refreshing, and fairly low in alcohol content (11%).

An aperitif is meant to stimulate the appetite and is often fruity in nature. Along the streets of Rome, there are signs outside small wine bars advertising all of their great aperitifs. Look for Aperol near the liqueurs at the liquor store.

If you are looking for another great cocktail made with an aperitif, try our Campari Sprtiz.

Aperol Spritz Ratio

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to make the classic cocktail at home, just remember 3-2-1! Three ounces of sparkling wine or Prosecco, two ounces of Aperol, and just one ounce of soda water. Combine them all in a glass with ice, no shaking or elaborate contraptions required.

bottle of club soda pouring into a glass of aperol spritz with ice and orange slices surrounded by straws, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a bottle of aperol

How to Make an Aperol Spritz

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Our preference is a large wine goblet so you can pretend you are sipping on the cobbled streets of Rome.
  2. Add Aperol to the glass followed by the sparkling wine.
  3. Top with a splash of club soda. Club soda is just like carbonated water with the addition of some minerals that give it a unique taste.
  4. Stir gently and garnish with an orange slice or two. We love to add the orange slices right to the cocktail, too.

Aperol Spritz Calories

The cocktail contains just 158 calories making it a lighter drink on the spectrum. If you are looking for more low calories cocktails, try this Vodka Soda or Gin Rickey Recipe.

glass of aperol spritz with ice and fresh orange slice

How to Serve

Serve your Aperol Spritz in a wine glass over lots of ice. It is such a perfect and refreshing cocktail on a hot day! Garnish with an orange slice, or as mentioned above, throw a few of the orange slices right into the glass.

two glasses of aperol spritz with ice and fresh orange slice garnish surrounded by straws and bottle of sparkling wine

If you make this great Aperol Spritz recipe, leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

glass of Aperol Spritz with ice, fresh orange slice garnish with bottle of sparkling wine in the background
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Aperol Spritz

Serves: 1 drink
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
The Aperol Spritz is an ultra-refreshing Italian cocktail. Also known as Spritz Veneziano, it looks like a sunset and tastes like summer!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces sparkling wine Prosecco or similar
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce soda water

Instructions

  • Add the Aperol to an ice-filled glass.
  • Add the sparkling wine to the glass.
  • Top with the soda water.
  • Stir gently, garnish, and enjoy.
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
glass of Aperol Spritz with ice, fresh orange slice garnish with bottle of sparkling wine in the background

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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  1. Stephanie says

    Looks great! Quick question…should it be 3 oz Aperol or 3 oz Prosecco? The recipe card says 3 oz Prosecco, but the blog above says 3 oz Aperol.

    Can’t wait to try it!

    • Nathan Longley says

      Thanks for catching that! 3 ounces of sparkling wine or Prosecco and 2 ounces of Aperol. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Taylor says

    Hi! Where are these glasses from? Do you have a link? Thanks!

  3. Dilia says

    Looks amazing!! Which prosecco do you recommend for this recipe?
    Thanks.

    • Nathan Longley says

      Thanks! We typically use La Marca Prosecco or Cupcake, nothing too expensive. Enjoy!

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