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Aperol Spritz

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Posted: 08/04/21

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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 may still like this. The Aperol really cuts the champaign 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 fresh orange slice garnish surrounded by straws and bottle of sparkling wine

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 easy to make with no fancy bar equipment needed, the Aperol Spritz is perfect for a happy hour right at home!

Aperol Spritz Recipe

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to make an Aperol Spritz, just remember 3-2-1! 3 ounces Aperol, 2 ounces sparkling wine or Prosecco, and just one-ounce 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 a Aperol Spritz

  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add Aperol to the glass followed by the sparkling wine
  • Top with a splash of club soda
  • Stir gently and garnish with an orange slice

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

What is Aperol?

Aperol is a coral-hued Italian bitters aperitif. Look for it near the liqueurs at the liquor store. It is bittersweet, fruity, refreshing, and fairly low in alcohol content (11%).

How to Serve

Serve your Aperol Spritz in a wine glass over lots of ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

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

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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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